Tuesday 4th September ‘12. The very last infill baseboard is almost ready, with it just needing the cause resolved of the plywood tops curvature. All other baseboards are now ready for track laying and wiring. This task should be underway at next weeks meeting.
Saturday 8th September ‘12. Visit to N gauge show at Warwickshire Exhibition Centre
Six Faversham MRC members visited the International N Gauge show on Saturday 8 Sept 2012. Travelling in two cars Ernest and Paul set off from Ashford while David, Kelvin, Bob and Alan started from Faversham. The Faversham group had the more eventful journey, missing the M40 turn-off on the M25 due to conversation but not worrying as the M1 is a viable alternative. Unfortunately after a breakfast stop the M1 became very congested and David's sat-nav later took the group to a remote country lane somewhere in the general area of the Exhibition Centre. The two groups met for lunch inside the exhibition.
The exhibition had about 30 layouts and was very well supported by trade stands (Bob made particularly good use of these). The standard of the layouts was high and varied in size from a layout in a small travel case to the large NCI/AMC German/Austrian layout which included a very impressive fiddle yard. This writer’s particular favourite was St Ruth because the overall effect is very evocative of an out-of- season early 1970's seaside terminus, although the exhibition brochure gives the period as mid 1960s. Other UK layouts of note included Annston (Midlands Industrial 1990s), Sheaf Valley (fictional preserved South Yorkshire), Nine Mills (South Midlands MPD 1960s) and Burnham on Sea (S&D terminus).
The fine weather, rural setting, quality of the show and good company combined to make a very enjoyable outing.
Report kindly provided by David Phillips.
Tuesday 11th September ‘12. A milestone is passed with the first sections of track being laid! The first of the the two reverse loops track work was cut and fitted. The rails being soldered to small brass screws at the baseboard joints. The last infill board has been further worked on to remove the cause of the bowing in the top of the board and is now ready to have the final pair of alignment dowels fitted.
Tuesday 18th September ‘12. Track laying on the left-hand loop board nears completion and the first point has been laid. The right-hand in fill board after much work has now unfortunately had to be scrapped! Mainly due to de-lamination occurring in the top boards plywood. Luckily a slightly narrower board was available to be used and this just needs some internal timber bracing added to complete it.
Tuesday 25th September ‘12. Tonight all the “OO” layouts baseboards were completed. Track laying continued with two live frog points being pre wired and installed and the first lengths of flexible track laid too. In the picture below the full length of all baseboards can be seen together with some of the club members whose hard worked has enabled us to gain this achievement.