What we did July to December 2019
The society's final act of the year (but not decade - we still have a tear to go for that) was a celebratory curry at Hatti Restaurant.
Happy New Year to all
Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i bawb.
After a week on LMJ fickle as ever we switched our attentions to ABB, specifically in two areas - line-side fencing and coal cells.
For the line side fencing LBH dug out a tracing of a south Wales example he had made at the National Archive, Kew many years ago (he quietly omitted to mention that it was actually of Brecon and Merthyr origin, but we'll gratuitously justify its use by pointing at ABB's supposed independent origins). Mike G then drew up artwork based on it to get the fencing photo-etched.
Elsewhere on ABB in anticipation of the installation of coal cells on ABB Mr Chairman has been researching them and noticed how different cell often have contain coal graded by size. Thus Tuesday and Friday Mike E and LBH passed a few hours grading crushed coal through a series of sieves.
Mr Chairman assembled some laser-cut plywood coal cells from the Intentio range who had kindly produced them in 4mm scale at our request.
This was our last evening at the club of the year so we'd like to wish our reader the best of Season's Greetings - Cyfarchion y Tymor.
With the push to get ABB ready for exhibition past us our attention has switched back to LMJ, any least partially.
And here are a couple of views on ABB, the Toplight showing of its newly fitted coupling.
More fettling with P4 stock for ABB and LBH reassembled his Minerva Manning Wardle having modified the wheel sets to S7 standards.
We are still sorting some issues with ABB, but getting more of the freight stock fettled and tested. We are also returning to work on LMJ where new member Benny has started work wiring up more of the baseboards.
Just a couple of photographs this week while we have been busy sorting out some of the issues brought to light on ABB at the Thornbury show last week, such as increasing the voltage of the supply to the uncoupling electromagnets to provide a tad more 'oomf', repairing the bay signal (and then breaking it even more dramatically), re-aligning the Dingham couplings on the wagon stock, rebuilding the cattle dock posts and the gates in the station fence (just cos LBH is so pernickety) and addressing the arcane issues of NCE cab addresses.
Panics setting in we squeezed in an extra session on Saturday afternoon to get on with some scenic work
Mr Chairman spent a happy few hours assembling some laser-cut palisade fencing from Scale models scenery. The assembled result looks the part with an airiness that you don't get in certain plastic products. Come back to the website soon and see how looks in situ on ABB.
Hmm, what happened to last week? Ah well onwards regardless
Not much to show this week. We came back from Ross with a to-do list of about thirty items on ABB - nothing very serious or presenting existential doubts; mainly stuff that we hadn't had time to complete before the show and one or two tweaks and improvements that we identified at the show.
XYS is attending to one of these in the picture alongside - we found during operation that the locations of the uncoupling electro-magnets didn't allow is to run round incoming freight trains in a realistic manner so XTS is installing the supply and controls for the extra magnet.
Well we arrived in Ross, unpacked everything and erected ABB. Thankfully we had left nothing behind (we aren't always successful in this)
Bernie planted a series of telegraph poles, all properly designed for the runs of cables, correctly braced in compression or tension and realistically weathered.
Our day was saddened by learning that former club member Adrian Coombes, who served as club treasurer for many years, had passed away. Adrian was a loyal supporter of the Ross Show and they had put together this black-clothed memorial of him. Amongst many skills, Adrian was the backbone of the early application of electronic control systems in the club and his efforts were greatly appreciated. We shall all miss him.
A selection of views taken over the weekend
ABB all packed and ready to be loaded into two estate cars for transport to Ross (and it all got in). What did we forget to pack? We don't know, but we had a thorough packing list and we ticked everything off. But come back after tomorrow and find out if we got it right.
Three weeks now until ABB goes to Ross so Mr Chairman, Bernie and LBH put in an all-day (well, 10am to 4 pm anyway) session to push things on a bit.
Much of the work concentrated on the station throat area, adding more texture to the undergrowth, especially on the ungrazed embankment, setting buildings in, etc. At the terminal end Mr Chairman was sorting out the problematic area behind the station building and preparing the area for JJ's terrace of houses.
Hopefully we'll have more to show, but for the moment here are a couple of view of the cottage the cottage that LBH has been toning in to match the local red sandstone and physically bedding in.
With only a month to go until we take ABB on its first outing as a 'completed' layout to a show it's all hands to the pumps to get it completed