Tuesday 1st October ‘13. Further track ballasting was carried out on both ends of the “OO” layout. It was noted that a pair of point motors were failing to both operate from reverse to their normal position. The wiring from the panel to each point motor was found to be sound, so the two motors will be freed from their baseboards next week when the boards can be placed upside down for easier working on the motors. Track laying on the “N” gauge layouts rear storage sections and the the right-hand curved area continued. Storage of all the layouts and club items in the storage cupboard is becoming more and more a problem. We are awaiting WFCC action on installing storage racking in the cupboard
Tuesday 8th October ‘13. Further track ballasting work was carried out on the “OO” layout especially around the double slips. Track laying on the “N” gauge layout has made good progress this week with three points being laid along the scenic front side of the layout and curved flexi track sections on the right-hand side laid to connect to the rear storage sidings. Two Seep point motors on the “OO” layout were refitted as they were found to be binding slightly. Once repositioned both worked correctly. Next week it is hoped to commence installing the two main line platforms on the “OO” and also lay extra fine sand in the loco yard area which will, once dried, be painted to represent coal and ash etc over the ground of the yard.
Tuesday 15th October ‘13. The first two platform base sections were measured, cut and fitted to the “OO” layout. This leaves four more sections to fit. Then the platform top surface can be cut from MDF. Further track ballasting and gluing continued around the double slips. On the “N” gauge more track was laid.
Tuesday 22nd October ‘13. The remainder of the OO layouts platform bases were installed leaving the ramp ends still to be modelled, the platform brick sides were started to be glued in place. One section of damaged track was replaced on the right-hand end and more ballasting was undertaken. While on the N gauge layout further points and track were installed leading to the rear storage sidings. Next weeks club meeting will be a running evening with the OO layout in use.
Tuesday 29th October ‘13. As this was the last Tuesday of the month it was a Running night. The “OO” layout was used. All worked well after a through rail clean to remove ballast glue from the rail tops. Initially two, two car EMUs ran, followed by a Southern T4 loco running as a light loco then pulling two carriages on one line and a Southern 4-4-0 loco on the other line. A refurbished Mainline loco was also run. Several scenic items were also installed on the layout to ensure they fitted correctly, these including the central station areas over bridge with a pub and estate agents buildings installed on the bridge. Some further track laying work was also undertaken on the N gauge layout.