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The visit to McAlpine’s proved to be an
interesting 2 days with a lot of interest taken in the modelling activities
shown by members of the club. Dave won first prize for ‘best male in show’,
(sorry Dave’s dog Archie won the prize) and Archie won second prize for ‘best
in show’. Well-done Jeanne.
OO Gauge Matters
As reported in earlier missives, the
decision had been taken to sell Itchen Vale so that Redbridge could be
“installed” and a circuit laid to allow continuous running whilst other
A sale was quickly achieved via E Bay
at a very acceptable price. (£810.00 less commission etc.)
Prior to sale a program of basic
renovation took place. Also, many photographs were taken that will form a
permanent record of what was a major project and a very good layout. Itchen Vale
will be well remembered by Members who designed/constructed the layout and
those that have enjoyed “running trains”.
The removal of Itchen Vale has allowed
the Group to start a good “clear up/out” that will enable construction on
Redbridge to be more efficient and allow greater progress. Many interesting items have been uncovered!
The existing Dexion system will be used
as the basis of the supports for the baseboards.
As mentioned above, a condition of the
disposal was that continuous running would be restored with the minimum of
delay. To facilitate this fiddle yard track work would need to be designed to
allow the basic point work to be fabricated and a simple circuit completed.
Several plans were drawn up using Templot®
and eventually one was agreed that would facilitate maximum storage capacity
and flexibility of train operation though the 3 routes. The fiddle yard track
layout also had to “fit” within the constraints of the available space and the
O Gauge circuit. This resulted in some “interesting” shaped boards!
Work has proceeded, with the point
motor installation and almost all wiring on Boards 1, 2 & 3 is complete.
Following the agreement on the fiddle
yard track plan the Fiddle Yard Baseboards have been completed.
Group on Yahoo
The WRM Redbridge Group on Yahoo is
being used more and more for posting messages and many plans /photographs have
Mick and Peter C have been busy building
new supporting legs for the layout. .Meanwhile, Peter B has
built and installed the cattle dock
Our recent, award winning exhibition was one of the most
enjoyable to be party to. It was not too far from home, the stock and layout
performed well and the operators achieved some excellent running. Work now
commences on the link to Canal Junction followed by the extra logic required to
try DCC operation on the branch.
Dare I mention the Summer Party? Hoping
for some warmer weather soon and we shall need a venue for the party and of
course a suitable date.