Gas Works had a successful visit to Sedgerail 2017 at Burnham where we had an enjoyable time. The author particularly liked the layout of Midford shown by the Shepton Model Railway Society – a really good example of a railway flowing through plenty of nicely detailed countryside.
Lots going on in the clubroom as always each Wednesday. The permanent way train for The Summit has been enhanced with an extra four wagons collected from Telford – these are (I’m told) the empty catfish and dogfish in the picture.
Construction of Ayno Junction continues, and the CAD drawings for Prestleigh Viaduct are well advanced. South Junction is being made ready for its trip to Taunton with the new lightweight LED lighting now installed and working complete with a section of ‘cloud cover’. It’s a while since the layout has been out so the next task is to take the layout down, load it into the stillages, and to re-assemble it in the clubroom.
The layout’s very first public appearance was at Expo EM SouthWest at Taunton in 1982. It’s in an unfinished state apparently to encourage the viewer, and it’s perhaps interesting to reflect that we’ve only just got round to making some of the signals work!
Also captured at the exhibition was a very modern image train crossing the unfinished viaduct being very closely watched, by what I think we can assume is an admirer!
This week Gary was able to attend for the first time for a while. As can be seen some of his modern day stock made an excursion from Halsdon Road to run through the Pennines, nothing unusual, and good to see. He also bought with him some redundant picture boards to be used in the club room.
The welding up of the leg frames for Heyno Junction (HJ) has been completed. Two have had adjustable feet attached, as a template for the rest. The legs will be completed next Wednesday. Then we can sort out their attachments to the boards.
In the HJ workshop board H had its track bed fitted and board G constructed ready for track bed. All these boards now need putting together and on legs so the removable section of fiddle yard can be made.
We have been invited to take Gas Works to the opening of James’ new shop at Hambridge, near the smokery, on 11/12 June 2016. The address is:
DCC Train Automation,
Unit 4 The Courtyard, Bowdens Farm, Hambridge, Somerset, TA10 0BP
On Wednesday we were visited by a possible new member, Paul who models at both extremes, 15 inch and 2mm Fine scale, Hopefully he will pay us further visits as he seemed keen to get involved.
Partial automatic semaphore and colour light signalling using servos controlled from the pointwork setting is now up and running in both directions on South Junction and very good it looks too. Peter C was still busy with circuit testers but he assured me only to put together a circuit diagram for future reference.