Chatter is compiled quarterly, in February, May, August and November
by our Chairman John Shaw. John summarizes the latest developments in the club
covering general news, exhibition reports,
developments in the clubs layouts, and any other notices. To
view a Chairman's Chatter simply click the relevant link, or scroll
down for the latest edition.
The current year, and previous year, chairmans chatter's are available
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Previous years Chairmans Chatter are
available in the archive.
Abbotstone is due to go to Alexandra Palace, March 22nd
and 23rd. Lots of help will be needed.
Mawgan Porth is going to Fareham on Saturday 26th
Roger is currently investigating the
supply of club shirts, as you will recall Sam always looked after these for us.
Roger has the disc of our logo and is getting prices for shirts for those
members who would like one. Various styles are available but I would urge us
all to stick to the navy blue option for colour please.
OO Gauge Matters
Fiddle Yard Track Work
Progress on the construction of the fiddle yard storage
sidings has continued. All team members have taken part in the sleeper laying,
rail soldering as well as the "back stage" cutting and gapping of
thousands of copper clad sleepers!
Production has commenced on the small units that switch the
fiddle yard point work frog polarity. Great initiative has been shown in
manufacturing these items!
An ingenious design has been developed for point switching.
It utilises MERG hardware and will eventually be controlled via Arduino boards.
It is a very cost effective solution.
Track work linking the scenic section
with the fiddle yards
Work has progressed on completing the "link track
work" connecting the main running lines thorough the station to the fiddle
yard track work. To enable trains to run at the earliest opportunity `PECO
track is being used temporarily to complete areas still requiring handbuilt track and chairs.
Work is progressing on the construction of the station
work will include the design of the across baseboard wiring together with the
development of the layout control system
invitation to show Mawgan Porth at the Fareham Show in April is concentrating
our efforts to get the layout in running order well before then.
Following Beckenham, the layout has
been repaired and tested.
Roger has completed the building of the
new turntable for the Canal Junction MPD and following painting this will be
installed and track laid at this corner of the layout.
due course, Canal Junction will be fitted with an interlocked lever frame to
bring it in line with the rest of the 7mm layout. This will simplify the
electrical requirements for this area.
The Christmas party this year is at the
Cart and Horses with Eddie in charge of arrangements.
As shown in the diary, the Dinner is
also in this current period. Please put the date in your diaries NOW.