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Again we had a very successful open day in August and our next
one will be on Saturday the
9th of September starting at 10AM and running until about 4PM.
If you are not a member of the club then do come along and bring
any locos you want to run on our large layouts. It's free and
you can get drinks and sandwiches at a very modest cost.
Unfortunately we won't have Chris from Todmorden Models with us
for the next couple of open days as he has exhibitions and
holiday commitments that will prevent him attending.
We now have a name for the latest OO layout that is being
constructed using the baseboards and some of the track from a
end to end layout that was donated to the club. It will be
called Jericho, named after a
district of Bury close to Heywood itself. Although the original
layout was an end to end in a L shape.
Jericho will be built as a
continuous run by adding another couple of boards.
Our N gauge layout Warwick Mill
is undergoing a complete rewire to make it a lot simpler and
easier to fault in the future. Complex inter board links will be
done away with by using 12 wire cables direct from the control
panels to each of the layout boards. It will also be arranged to
allow the use of DCC as well as the standard Analogue
controllers. As the inner and outer circuits are independent of
each other then it will be possible to have one as DCC and the
other as Analogue if needed.
The other N gauge Priestly
currently under construction is now at the stage where scenery
can start to added. Indeed some cuttings and retaining walls
have already been built on the layout and more scenery will be
appearing as the layout progresses
OO gauge layout Midhey is at the
stage where little can be added in the way of scenery and the
final work on this layout which is booked to attend our
2018 Annual Exhibition
will be to add signalling. To this end one of our club members
Mark Towers will be constructing signals for it from brass which
will be much stronger than the plastic kits available. These
signals will be operated by servo motors and the switches for
them will be on a separate control panel from the existing one
that operates the points.
At our last committee meeting the possibility of building a TT
3mm layout was discussed as we do have a complete original
Triang TT gauge trainset with 3 locos, several coaches, some
goods wagons and a lot of track with some points. A small oval
of track has been put together to test the locos and stock. The
0-6-0 Jinty has been made to run fairly well and the 4-6-0
Castle is showing signs of life. Unfortunately the Merchant Navy
class has a body so badly distorted that it looks like it will
only be good for spares. It should however be possible to create
a layout from these items that can be displayed at one of our
exhibitions in the future.
Are there any members wanting to take this project on ? If so
contact anyone on the committee and let us know.
We have decided to retire the Narrow Gauge layout "Studelstan"
as 2 of the original builders are no longer members and no
interest has been shown in it for the last few years, so the
base from it will be an ideal one to build the new TT layout on.
If you are not a member of the club and want to join and get
involved with the building and upkeep of our layouts or just to
run your own stock on one of the models then drop an email to
any of the committee listed above or just call in and see us on
a Monday night from 18:00 to 22:00, or a Wednesday during the
day between 10:00 and 14:00 where you will be made most welcome.
See the how to find us
page for instructions on getting to our existing premises.
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