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Chairman's Chatter is compiled quarterly 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.

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July  2019

Chairman’s Chatter

Final arrangements are now being put in place for our trip on the Swanage line. On arrival at Swanage, I propose to take a group photograph near the locomotive so we should all make our way to the end of the platform on arrival and gather there. If we fail then we shall attempt it on the return hoping to catch the loco on arrival at Swanage before running around.

Place cards will be given out after you have taken your seats. These will have your menu requests on.


 00 Gauge Matters

Room Clean Up

“Clean up” has continued and items that are no longer required are being disposed of..

Control Systems

Work has included to some amendments of the control systems that will improve power reliability.

The Redbridge Lighting System

A focus group from the 00 team have purchased components including LED lighting that attach to the new ightweight  aluminium gantry. The components have been designed and are underway with installation. The result will be a speedy and reliable construction when away from our railway room when installed at exhibitions.

Train and Stock Running

Members have been running stock including locos, wagons and coaches. Most locos have DCC chips and many others with sound.

Redbridge Works Buildings etc.

Work that has been undertaken include:

·         The large transformer buiding  has been constructed and rests disguising  a baseboard join just west of the down main line following the junction to Salisbury etc.

·         A modified arrangement near the foundry will house the previously removed foundry output (chairs, etc.), and Jeff’s new pattern shop

    ·         The reclaim area is being expanded..

·         Still to do is the rebuild of the area behind the foundry, into storage wasteland (old sleepers, etc.).

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EM gauge matters

Following our exhibition attendance at Horsham, a post event 'to do list' was produced by two members. From that list the platform track repair has been done with help from Tony, and the section re-ballasted. The Morden stone was also applied around the platform starter signals.

This enabled the base boards to be reassembled, this time the other way around with the public side against the wall. Levels were checked as part of that process.

There are many more physical items and operating factors yet to be addressed

0 Gauge matters

The branch fiddle yard controller box has been causing problems of late and despite thinking it was cured, it has failed again. A rebuild is under way using relays and a two-way centre off switch denoting IN/LOCAL/OUT which should prove to be more stable.

Other Business.

Please note the change of activities at the club in July following our day out.

The usual list of our Exhibition commitments is also attached. Please note the dates in your diaries and think about your personal commitment to the layout outings. I shall be looking for names soon for Fareham so please do not let it be a big surprise.

Future Events.

  • October 5th and 6th. Redbridge Wharf at Fareham Leisure Centre
  • October 9th, Annual General Meeting
  • October 26th, Holcombe Brook at Newbury

Advanced Notice for your Diaries:

Club Dinner, Saturday 22nd February 2020


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