Not all of our members can get to the club on a Friday, so our beloved Chairman suggested a new page on the website to keep everyone abreast of what's happening on the layouts - cheers Mr Chairman - if you'd like to join in the chaos there's a list of contacts on our Contacts page.
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