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Whilst there was a wedding and some footy on TV, our crack crew of electricians were at Keen House, continuing the rewiring of the layout.

 

The lines are now all working correctly and the new loop on the Down Main is live and running (track will need a bit of fettling). The end of the day should see the Up Main loop connected at the back, but the front Gasworks Board track will need droppers and of course the point motor installed.   Our electrical challenges are being resolved quicker than I feared, so we’ll soon be able to concentrate on the “nice” interesting stuff.

 

Our next booked session is the 8-10th June, please let us know if you are joining us. Then our next exhibition continues a recent Club theme of exhibiting surrounded by the prototype at the LT Museum in Acton on 7/8th July

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Minories goes to Derby Roundhouse

On the 12th and 13th May, Minories headed north to the historic Derby Roundhouse - for the Michleover Model Railway Group exhibition. John, Rob S and Tom headed north on Friday in a transit van (which came with a special adaption to first gear to keep the driver awake), where we met up with former chairman and now local resident Richard to set up.

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The layout is still developing into its circular format, and it took us a while to get it set up. However it worked considerably better than its previous outings. Smithfield housing estate is developing, and at the other end Steve's new pub, tube station and office block is taking shape.

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Rob N (another local) joined us on Saturday which gave a bit more flexibility in operating, and gave the other Rob a chance for a cup of tea. With the local knowledge we navigated through downtown Derby to enjoy Italian and Nepalese cuisine (the latter only marginally affected when the Charlie DC Kits / Legoman Biffo came in for their dinner). The parcels and freight stock got a chance to stretch their legs, along with some interlopers from the Club's new layout Orchard Wharf from an era before yellow warning panels. And along with the normal Mk1 suburbans and we had all 4 of the DC Kits Cravens units running on the layout on the Sunday.

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Mons Meg

 

After a month in the paint shops we now have an ex-works engine, called “Mons Meg”.   This engine was named after the medieval cannon resident in Edinburgh Castle and the engine, when new, visited King's Cross a few times - it should look at home on Copenhagen Fields.  

There are a few more little jobs to do, but today I’ll probably make the cab windows on the MRC Demonstration Stand at Ally Pally.

Our next exhibition is at the LT Museum Depot at Acton on 7-8th July.  We'll be putting the layout up after the open day on 29th April, when we'll continue the southern end re-wire and energising the new loops for the central bore of Gasworks Tunnel.

 

 

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Minories November 2017

We've had a busy few weeks, leading up to two exhibitions over consecutive weekends in November- Tolworth then Wakefield.

It would be fair to say we weren't quite ready for Tolworth Showtrain - so apologies to the Hampton Court MRS and those who came on the Saturday morning. However with perseverance we fixed the key issues throughout Saturday and by the Sunday operating rather better. It was rather like taking a layout to its first show, and I forgotten how much energy and effort it requires. We also confirmed that the layout only just fits in my car assuming we have no overnight bags, and that was with loading in the last few bits through the windows.