What we did in Late 2018
Looking forward to 2019 we have another busy year of exhibitions before us with bookings for five different club and members' layouts, so keep returning to see how we get on or drop into our clubrooms one evening and join in the fun.
More work on ABB
The work over the last few months painting and ballasting the trackwork, and forming the contours and then applying ground cover as starting to bear fruit. Be not afeared though the actual green shade is not as bright as it appears on these views.
And having located ABB's cattle dock in position we are sorting out the ground works around it.
ABB has garnered two exhibition invitations for 2019 so we'll have to pull a few fingers out to get it ready.
Meanwhile Wagonman has been busy with coaches. Both of these are of Midland origin. This is an all Third.
And a Brake Third to go with it. THey will be finished in BR maroon, so no fiddly lining of the panelling needs to be done.
Both kits are from Haywood Models, but of slightly different generations. Note that on the left the door hinges are in place as there were etched slots in the sides. But there are no such slots on the right hand coach. The hinges will have to be represented by short lengths of rod glued in place.
A good turn out on Friday with more progress on LMJ trackwork and ballasting with a start made on actuating some of the turnouts, while Mr Chairman was hard at it fettling and cleaning rolling stock for ABB.
Mr Chairman was busy again on Abergavenny Blackbrook
And Wagonman, Paul W and LBH continued with ballasting on Little Mill
Only two pics to show you this week - Mr Chairman installed some half-chairs on the graceful C10 crossover on LMJ. And isn't the 'rope' in the wagon intriguing?
And now we can see ABB's cattle dock without the weights - obviously a little more bedding-in needs to be done.
A busy a Friday with plenty of activity on both ABB and LMJ and even a new member.
Mr Chairman has been working hard connecting ABB to its Fiddle Yard, which is now in a different room, while ballasting and contour formation continue on LMJ
Back in the clubrooms this week and on Tuesday we (that is all except LBH who turned up after all the heavy work had been done) cleared out the temporary accommodation and stacked the displaced boards at the end of the layout room. Luckily there was enough space to do this and still leave room for ABB's fiddle yard.
A quite week at the club with many members having duties elsewhere but nevertheless some progress was made:
In might be though that as a group that we are so possessed with our interest in railways that we have no time for the more cerebral aspects of culture such as poetry, but this is not so. One member, on learning that LBH was going to a S7 event in the village of Tickenham prompted him to remark that it sounded like the first line of a limerick. This was the spontaneous result, to which all members present contributed
There was a young man from Tickenham;
who couldn't make soups, just thicken 'em
He then tried cawl
Which tasted so foul
He took off his boots and was sick in 'em.
As yet no members have asked to be credited for their part in the composition.
YTS and Andrew have been working on the wiring for Brades Siding while Wagonman deviated from type creating the platforms for ABB. Mr Chairman continued installing the 'bridge' between ABB and the Fiddle Yard (see 21 Sept) and helped LBH with profiling the baseboard sides on LMJ to match the terrain.
We've decided to put ABB in the workroom where we can get at easily to work on it, but to allow us to operate it we need to connect it to the fiddle yard (which will be in the layout room on the other side of a hole in the wall). However its support beams were too high so had to be dropped.
After the business last weekend it was understandably quieter at the club this week but nevertheless we did make a bit of progress on LMJ turnouts and forming the landscape. And Mr Chairman brought his new pride and joy along.
On Saturday we had out traditional after-show visit to Bridgenorth so see the final movements of the day on the Severn Valley Railway, sample a couple of pints in the Railwayman's Arms and a curry in the town LBH was trying to work out how managed to put on the five pounds.
Behind us someone has obviously failed to read the instructions when assembling the kit for 813.
Where the NMRS leads, others follow.
On the left, a view taken last week of a LBSCR Terrier on Frecclesham at the Ross Exhibition. On the right, the cover of the latest HMRS Journal, which arrived in this morning's post.
On Tuesday LBH spent a happy hour adding an additional rail to the test track (the short fixed one, not the roundy-roundy O-gauge one). The new rail is at the the bottom of the right hand pic and is set at 33mm from the second rail down to allow us to run Scaleseven stock. In the view on the right you can see a check rail set to the S7 flangeway gauge of 1mm to allow us to see which wheel-sets pass through smoothly.
For the record on the left - rails 1 and 6 are at 32mm for O gauge and 16mm/ft narrow gauge; 2 and 4 at 16.5 for OO and HO; 2 and 5 provide for P4 and 3 and 4 are spaced at 9mm for N gauge and OO9.
No pics today as we were all beavering away with last minute preparations (cleaning loco wheels, track cleaning, mods to the facia of ABB, some hint of flora to come on LMJ, temporary backscene for Brades Siding, a bit more work on the trees for ABB) for the Open Day. Come along on Sunday and see what we forgot to do.
A week to the Open Day and work continues apace with a few ad hoc sessions thrown in on the rewiring and trackwork on LMJ; by Friday we had completed the work on the track fettling and electrics on the Newport end, stored those boards away and erected the four Hereford end boards to perform the same jobs there, meanwhile Wagonman has made good progress on the Hopper as has Mike E on the 'weed' trees for ABB.
With three weeks to go to the Open Day we braved the unseasonably warm weather to set LMJ up and get it running. In doing so we found a number of issues and we will need to come up with some bright ideas on how best to make progress the layout. Meanwhile Alaistair too advantage of the lull between erecting and collapsing LMJ to prepare the components for a BR 20 Ton Coke Hopper.