13 February 2013
Its been a while since any of us updated these pages, so apologies if youve been looking to see whats been happening and nothing appears to have moved.
Heres the story to date
Having appointed Eccles as project manager, it soon became apparent that he was not the idiot he claimed to be, no, he was the idiot that we claimed him to be. So, Eccles was sacked. Rod Hall and Dave Hagger took over the lions share of work. The boards were built as described, no variation. We now have robust, flat boards to lay our track on. Track work is copper clad sleepers cut to length and then the rail soldered on top. We built jigs for this and found that by completely building the finished block it was far easier to lay than putting down half track and then soldering the other half of the rail to it. Yes it meant that it all had to be checked but that would have to be done anyway so nothing lost. We used a few track jigs to check the track if they didnt pass muster on these then the track work was pulled about - some may call it fettling the Scalefour roller jigs and Roger Sawyers track jig were the main ones used. What a difference these have made to the running of the layout. Totally and completely recommended for anyone wishing to lay track.
Laying the track was down to the Templot plan that Rod had so carefully prepared for us. This involved attaching the plan to the individual boards having been printed courtesy of a department sitting on the banks of the river Usk, part of a well known steel company. We did give a donation to St Davids foundation for the phenomenal amount of printing required. Then having attached the print we then cut out a tint square of the print on the rail line - and then put a marker pen line so that we could join these up into a straightish line. You get the idea.
The next area of trouble was to build the 13 odd points that were needed for the fiddle yard boards. This is were if you have experienced heads for this sort of job you have a head start. Thanks to Tony Bennett for taking on some of the tutelage duties in teaching the clubs luddites in how to build points. It was fortunate for us that Tony saw the fruits of his labours before he was taken from us in such an untimely manner. Our club is much poorer for his passing and we have lost a good friend.
The Youth Section then stepped up and set about putting electrikery through the boards and sorting out the servos which would be used to change the points. Hopefully Steve will update his page with the how tos of this in order to give definitive answers on how all this great technology was installed. We still have points to electrify and servos to bring on line. The beginning of the end, of the beginning, is now in sight.
On here you will find just what's happening with LMJ. From baseboard design, to the selection of the track we use. Basically everything that'll bring this layout to fruition.
To start this section I'm including the basic design of the fiddle yard baseboards. This was put together by Dave Hagger, so if anything goes wrong...it's his fault! Basically, it is a framed door. The door is of a high quality, and has been sanded flat, so that the surface that the track will be mounted on is as close to perfect as it can be. If we can't get the fiddle yard to work then building the rest of the layout will be a waste of time. So, a lot is riding on the success of this part of the project. Here are Dave's designs as they were presented to the club and NAGNAG members. If you want a fully dimensioned drawing please email Dave, using the address on the contacts page.