With the AGM of the YMRG next week, I will make this my last blog for the website. I have decided to stand down at the AGM and let others take over and move the club on. It has been an honour and a privilege to be the Chairman of the YMRG. So without further ado I’ll waffle on about what we have been up to since the last blog which is not a lot really.
So what’s been going on. Well, we had a successful Ladies Evening in October with twenty-six attendees. This evening is mainly for members to show their appreciation for their partners. But it’s not necessary to bring anyone along. This year we had members bringing no partner and one bringing two! The rest of us just brought one.
With The Summit (TS) back from its successful début at Telford the planned visit by Avon O Gauge group with their large collection of rolling stock went ahead. An excellent evening was had watching different locos and stock running round TS. TS has also been photographed for the Railway Modeller (April 2016 issue I believe). We have seen the proofs and are pleased with the results. We will put the pictures up on the website after publication. There are a few modification to be made following on from our operating at Telford. The monitors will be repositioned nearer to the control panels for ease of viewing, cameras will be repositioned to see all of the front of the layout and the starter signal on the inside track will be repositioned nearer the road over bridge. A shunting sequence is also being considered. Hopefully the mods will be done before the Taunton Railex 2016 exhibition in October. Then 4 weeks after Railex, TS goes to Warley in November.
Pictures show an incident where goods train was circulating the TS unattended while we watched at the front. “Suddenly” we had the incident with trucks strewn all over the track in the tunnel and a buffer beam left in the 4 foot. Never did get to the bottom of the problem.
Gasworks was successfully displayed at Taunton Railex 2015 where it won the Chairman’s Shield. Very pleasing. Picture shows Gaswork’s own “diesel dawn”, a bit over stocked but impressive.
A tarpaulin curtain has been erected at the end of of the main room in CS2. Behind this screen the first baseboard for Heyno Junction (HJ) has been started. It is hoped that this screen will stop the majority of the dust generated finding its way onto the other layouts. Face masks have been provided for members working in that area.
This first board was a test for construction techniques. From this first bit of construction the following decisions were made; use better wood and cut it more accurately. Pictures show the construction of the first board. The spots on the first picture are down to the wood dust in the air.
Since then we have constructed a flat board on which the boards will be built on top of full size plans. Angle iron defines the ends of the board under construction. A large saw table has also been built so we can cut the wood accurately. A large capacity chop saw, courtesy of one of the members, completes the wood cutting facilities.
South Junction (SJ) has had a few problems lately. Why does a point made on copper clad sleepers and correctly gapped suddenly get a short on it after twenty five years. It appears that a whisker of copper had found its way across a gap after all that time. Other than that trains run each week on SJ.
The Chairman’s Cup competition is going to run this year with judging taking place on AGM evening. An independent judge will be sorting out the wining entry. The competition is to build a 7mm scale 16T mineral wagon from a plastic kit. The main object is to get a rake of empty mineral wagons for use on TS. There are other cups to be won for locomotives, rolling stock and non-rolling stock railway related items. All entries have to have been completed in the preceding twelve months. I think there will be an array of vans too as the excitement of building the mineral wagon has had an effect on the members!
Our librarian continues to sort, reorganise and consolidate the collection. I don’t think anyone needs more than one copy of a particular year’s set of modelling magazines.
Holly Junction continues to develop while trains are run. Lots of new DCC equipped stock keeps appearing and run on the layout.
Welton Down has been out being exhibited. It will return to CS2 after its electrics have been sorted out.
Yeovil Town has had some scenic work done.
Several new members have joined YMRG. This is very pleasing as it shows we have something to offer new members.
Congratulations to Jim Allwood who has been awarded Honorary Life Membership of the 2mm Scale association in recognition of his services rendered over many years.
We will be having an Open day later in the year. If you want an invitation please contact our secretary Ed – details on the website.
Well that’s about it from me. Thank you to all those who have read my ramblings. I’m sure the new chairman will continue with his own style of blog.
Regards to all.