It’s been a while since the last update, but much progress is being made in the run up to our Open Day in July. First of all the long awaited re-organisation is in progress with Halsdon Road, Evercreech New and The Summit all re-located. The drawings for the new baseboard to join Evercreech New to the The Summit fiddle yards are complete with baseboard construction planned to start after our Open Day in July.
At a recent ‘official’ club visit to the ever helpful James at DCC Trains Automation a Z21 control unit was selected and subsequently tested successfully on our newly adopted 00 gauge Diesel Maintenance Depot layout. This layout will be wired for DCC as a test bed for Evercreech New and this control unit will also be used to control Evercreech New.
Holly Junction continues to progress with progress on all fronts and a dazzling display of lighting all individually switched, although clearly not on this occasion.
With a number of new and existing members having N gauge interests, a meeting of like minds is planning a 20′ by 10′ N gauge layout. As one of these members is involved in planning the re-organisation of the club room, finding space should not be a problem!
Construction of Heyno Junction baseboards continues apace despite moving onto the well charted but weird and wonderful shaped boards that will complete the circuit at each ends.
The selective re-inforcement of the South Junction MDF fiddle yard boards is now complete with trains moving much more smoothly again. Attention is turning to the revised lighting arrangements, the stillages for transport and a crash barrier for errant HSTs next to the scrap yard. A backscene is being added to improve presentation and some state of the art trees are in preparation for this venerable EM gauge layout.
Following on from the last blog our two Railway Modeller cups posed on The Summit, the larger for 2017 and The Summit. The smaller the 1997 one for Gas Works.
Sadly this little fella also seen on the The Summit probably isn’t in contention for any award. Whilst this could be seen as an innovative solution to the expense of 0 gauge locos; is it really right to deprive the family hound of a much loved plaything?