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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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Jan  2020

Chairman’s Chatter

A Happy New Modelling Year to you all.

There are a lot of exhibition commitments in the early part of 2020 so please put them in your diaries now.

00 Gauge Matters

Work on both semaphore and colour light signalling continues. It is envisaged all signalling will be complete for Romsey but not necessarily working. 

Siding 18 in the Fiddle Yard has been extended slightly to accommodate the Military train comfortably.

A revised sequence has been written and will be tested in the New Year. This sees the introduction of the P.I.C.O.R role (Person In Charge Of Reception), with an increased usage of the Reception roads and interaction between the Signaller and now single Yard Shunter. A briefing will follow on completion of a dry run of the new sequence.

Work is in progress to provide a second computer screen to display the sequence, to improve viewing for Operators at either end of the layout. The use of CCTV or mirrors for seated Operators is not being explored at this time.

A programming track has been installed in the Fiddle Yard adjacent to Sidings 21 and 22 (Totton end). This gives us the ability to programme decoders at the club room using the dedicated programming track function on the NCE Pro, which is safer and much more comprehensive than "Programming on the Main" as we were doing previously.

Former Treasurer Maurie Graves' Merchant Navy loco no. 35011, part of the club collection, has been upgraded by Tony and converted to DCC by Rich. Research continues into new trains and traffic patterns for the 1965-67 era we plan to run at Romsey. 

Materials have been purchased for the construction of barriers and end-of-layout information panels. End boards have also been revised for R1, R2, L1 and the Romsey board. The end information display boards have been constructed and form part of the storage solution for the long flexible backscene boards. A storage and transport box for the 4 shorter backscene boards has also been built.

EM gauge matters

The layout has suffered from effectively having been in storage for some time. It has been fun locating various layout components to bring it back to life.

Work has been done on changing loco and rolling stock couplings to make them more compatible with one another. Track and point work have been cleaned and locos also need attention to improve operation.

After this buildings and scenery will need tidying up. 

Much thanks to members for their involvement and help.

0 Gauge matters

Baseboard 8 has now been replaced on several occasions to allow testing for all of Abbotstone. A thorough clean of the town area was carried out whilst damage to a point motor was completed on baseboard six. The layout has been tested in Analogue and DCC modes.

Other Business.

Please note the date of the dinner as I shall be sending out menus etc. imminently.

The usual list of our Exhibition commitments is also attached with some new additions. Please note the dates in your diaries and think about your personal commitment to the layout outing

Future Events

  • Club Dinner, Saturday 22nd February 2020
  • 25th &  26th January, Holcombe Brook at Barton Peveril, Eastleigh
  • 1st & 2nd February 2020, Winterley Junction at Alton
  • 4th & 5th April – Winterley Junction at Portsmouth (Victory Club).


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