Newport Model Railway Society

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Not all of our members can get to the club for every meeting so here we keep everyone, current as well as prospective members, abreast of what's happening at the club - if you'd like to join in the chaos there's a list of contacts on our Contacts page.

Currently the clubrooms are locked up due to the COVID19 pandemic, however we continue meet on-line and are also working on a series of individual cameo layouts to keep us amused during our incarceration - see the Coronalayout page.

To see what we did in previous periods look here: Late 2020Early 2020Late 2019Early 2019Late 2018Early 20182017, 2016, 2015 or 2014

Next Exhibition: TBA - several exhibitions have been cancelled due to COVID19 and we'll update this when matters become clearer

Week-ending 8th  January

Mike E starts us off again

At last one of the new signals is competed! – the Midford down advanced starter. A very tall signal. Getting it to work was a rather long process with a couple of false starts, but it now works well – driven by a solenoid, and lit by a little white LED lamp. Parts from old Derek Mundy etches. The signal is mounted on a detachable sub-base as shown, to allow easy maintenance. The wires for the lamp are hidden in a groove in the post. The next signal – the up outer home – is going to be much more complicated to get working. Will lock-down be long enough?.......

This weeks progress from TAFKATYS .... on the ex-SECR L Class (for use on Frecclesham)

Here's an update on the 21T hoppers from the last few weeks.

Attaching the bump stops above the springs was a bit trying. First bend them up from some spare Bill Bedford etches, then use a cocktail stick to get them in place. And as soon as you touch them with a soldering iron they move.

Next make up the brake blocks and add push rods.

Then the instructions say "Things are about to get fiddly" !!

Well, there are brake blocks either side and safety loops, then brake lever and push rods joining the pairs of blocks. Finally Moreton brake lever on the other side and the hopper release handles too.

Our week finished with LBH failing to deliver the promised talk on the The Alexandra (Newport & South Wales) Docks & Railway Co., instead wittering on about its subsidiary the Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Newport and made this calumny more egregious by threatening more in future weeks.

Week-ending 1st January

A low-key start to the year with a social Zoom meeting, leavened by some pictures from, amongst others, the Great North of Scotland Railway

For many the New Year is a time of taking stock, looking over what we have achieved in the last year and considering what we would like to accomplish in the year to come. If TAFKATYS is to do more this year than last this pic shows what he needs to surpass.