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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
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A general thank you once again for all
the help with Abbotstone at Alexandra Palace. The general feeling was that many enjoyed the layout
and our ability to keep several locomotives moving at once was appreciated.
Whether we accept future outings will
very much depend on the support from members of the club as you will now
appreciate it is a beast to move, erect and takes many to operate.
OO Gauge Matters
Track work - Sleeper Works
Final track arrangements for the works track are almost
completed and were assisted by the visit of another man who had worked on the
site. The issue, as always, has been the compromise between the buildings that
are considered "essential" to represent the prototype activity and
the space available!
More card/wood "mock ups" have proven invaluable
and the final arrangement is almost ready for presentation
Further track laying on the "works board" has
recommenced and the painting of the section beyond the Romsey junction has been
Wiring & Electrical Sections
The "Junction Box" has been built and the
tag-strips etc. installed. This has allowed continuity checks on the wiring
connections to and across the baseboards.
The lack of suitable "of the shelf" inter-board cabling
systems has led to the adoption of SCART connectors wired by the team.
Point work Control
Almost all point work (scenic section and the fiddle yard)
has been completed with final tie bars. The point control servos are almost all
installed and have been tested using an Arduino and a simple Servo exerciser. Final micro
switches are being linked to tie bars to switch the point polarity.
Future Work - Buildings
Following the completion of the track laying and
"electrical" work described above activity will focused on producing
the "essential buildings and features" mentioned above and
programming constriction work on the many buildings!
Essential buildings include: the Creosote Plant, Foundry,
Sawmill, Test estuary side buildings and Timbers Merchants.
Further work is required to determine the signalling system
(signal and control) allowing for semaphore and colour light alternatives.
Mawgan Porth's trip to Basingstoke was worthwhile - the
public seemed to appreciate it, while we have learned various lessons regarding
operation, which will be taken to heart before we go to Fareham on 25th April.
B has had a telephone conversation with Steve Flint (editor of Railway Modeller)
regarding a possible article.
The layout has now been re-installed and
the one minor fault found and repaired.
DCC indicator LEDs are now installed in
the front panel of the Enigma to remind operators which mode the main or branch
is operating in.
Work has begun on the track work for
the junction with the new MPD at Canal Junction.
Planning for the new 30-lever frame is
well under way with trax being used
to test the interlocking and basic logic. We shall then have a full MPD
facility in the club for exchanging and turning locomotives.
David Deere-Jones has kindly offered to
host the Summer Party at his home once again. His delayed move to Australia has
worked in our favour.
More details nearer the time, but
please put the date in your diaries. It will be a chance to wish him a fond