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.
Another weekend, another exhibition. This time it was Pavilion End at the WWE Show at Thornbury. PE acquitted itself well too and had the major advantage, in LBH's eyes at least, that there was no bay into which he could divert the Birdcage set into.
Next week we have a week at home before Llanastr heads off to ExpoEM at Bracknell
Last weekend we took Frecclesham to the Epsom and Ewell show. It all worked pretty well, as we'd hope, and all the team enjoyed themselves. We've put up pictures of Frecclesham before and here's another one to proove we were there. A couple of things to note in it;
there's a DEMU in the bay, Paul's Thumper unit getting an outing this time
and a strange ex LNER interloper between the trees, presumably covering for a failed Southern loco.
After spending what seemed like hours under the baseboard TYS emerged and had managed to get the main platform starter working for his troubles.
Meanwhile Mr Chairman was in the the layout room laying yet another turnout on LMJ
Good attendance on both Tuesday and Friday this week. YTS worked on the operating mechanism for the starter signal on ABB, Jonathan and Paul continued with ballasting on LMJ and LBH made a bit of progress on the Tredegar wagon, this is how far he got on Tuesday
Mr Chairman laid another turnout on LMJ. And, right, positioned the next two ready for planting.
With many club members involved on the preparation for NEWGOG Friday was a tad quiet at the club so all we have to show this week is this pic of a Tredegar six-plank coal wagon that LBH is making from a Slaters kit with Bill Bedford springing units. It will be fitted with S7 wheels.
Having spent a frustrating day wresting with three-link couplings on Brades Siding at the Monmouth Show Andrew and Mr Chairman set to to equip the Andrew's stock with Dingham couplers. Here we see the fruits of their labours, assembled and chemically-blackened and ready for fitting.
And more work on the trackwork for LMJ: Martin assembled rail and Exactoscale bases, LBH installed the Masokits chairs and power-supply droppers across the baseboard joint a Paul W ballasted the BNS siding.
This is a bit of a cheat, the work carried out here was done by Mike E last week but evaded the lens of the club photographer's camera. Mike applied electrostatically-charged flock to the re-profiled embankment. Compare with 8th February and 25th January.
The club photographer was a tad lazy and only offered up this shot, where we see Wagonman off piste working on an O Gauge ex-LMS 4F. Next weekend he, accompanied by Mr Chairman and LBH, is off to the Modellers' Weekend at Great Missenden and wanted to steal a march by getting the basics of the body together before the weekend starts.
Elsewhere Andrew was making up Dingham couplings after sending himself boss-eyed operating stock with three-link couplings on Brades Siding last weekend, Mike G assembled the baseboard for his test track and LBH laid a very short section of track on LMJ.
Saturday saw Paul W, Mr Chairman and LBH taking Brades Siding to Monmouth
Largely scenery again this week, while Mr Chairman beavered away on a trap point unseen by the camera.
With a certain rugby match taking place we cancelled our Friday evening meeting but ...
The club photographer-in-residence took a sabbatical this week so this is all we have to show for a week's efforts at the club - a view of the station throat on ABB, showing some little recent scenic developments.
All the pics this week reflect The Youth Section's work, an ex-LSWR Radial and the electrical supply for ABB's facia-mounted lighting. Not that the rest of us were inactive, just that TYS did some photogenic stuff
Another year starts and the club's main thrust at the moment is on scenics.