Tuesday 7th January ‘14. The first meeting of the New Year saw the OO gauge layouts platforms start to have their coping stones installed and the final areas of track ballasting through the platform was completed, this just leaves the small area of ballasting to complete at the baseboard joints around the platforms Work on the back scenes low relief buildings continues as too did work on the country scene/tunnel end boards. On the N gauge layout wiring work was undertaken to install track feed dropper wires to the copper clad sleepers at board joints.
Tuesday 14th January ’14. The final sections of the two platform coping stone edging was added to the OO layouts platforms and the track within the platform area was painted a dirty colour to represent oil spills etc on the ballast. Further construction work on the low relief buildings was undertaken. On the N gauge layout the point rail feed error was corrected. A decision has been taken to operate all of the N gauge layouts points by Cobalt stall type point motors. The first batch of 24 motors are to be ordered.
Tuesday 21st January ‘14. Work on the N gauge layout concentrated around the recently purchased Cobalt point motors and their installation. Terminal blocks were bonded to the baseboards undersides where required to allow connection of the track feed wires to the pre fitted dropper wires from the rails. On the OO layout a barrow crossing has started to be made at one end of the platforms, while the back scene low relief houses construction continued to make good progress. Work on the country end hillside and a disused narrow gauge track area continued.
Tuesday 28th January ‘14. Being the last Tuesday in the month, it was a running night. The OO layout was fully assembled and used to run a variety of DMU and EMUs. It was noted that the rails where fresh ballasting had been undertaken were needing extra through cleaning, which will have to be carried out in more detail baseboard by baseboard. The rear back scene was given an initial first coating of sky blue paint, further top coats will be needed to complete. On the N gauge layout it has been decided to make the main boards control panel a drawer style slide out fitting. Temporary linking of all the track feeds has been undertaken, this will allow a twin track controller to be used to test to all the track sections prior to final wiring starting.
Tuesday 4th February ‘14. Work continues on the OO layouts tunnel area and also the building of the low relief buildings. Track ballast paining (toning) work has started and the construction of a wooden Barrow crossing at one end of the platform has begun. On the N gauge layout the two loops of main line track were temporarily wired to a twin controller and both loops ran locos and carriages successfully for the first time. Further track testing etc will continue next week. The N gauge main loops control panel has been commenced.
Tuesday 11th February ’14. As the M2 motorway came to a grinding halt with a sink hole between both carriageways and the ‘A’ roads got more congested, attendance tonight was little on the low side. But those who were able to get in managed to carry on with the OO layouts scenic work and make a start in investigating one of the cross-over points failure to throw issues. While on the N gauge layout full length trains were run in opposite directions to each other to check clearances etc. It was found that on one curve a little easing of the curve would be required to give the necessary clearances needed.
Tuesday 18th February ‘14. Further scenic work was carried out on the OO layout. The construction of a barrow crossing is well under way and a pair of Island platform building kits have been obtained and now need making up. On the N gauge layout a 60mm by 325mm slot was cut into the rear side member of one baseboard. This slot is to allow the main line and storage area lines control panel to fit inside the baseboard. The panel will slide in and out on a pair of metal drawer runners and be able to be secured out in the operating position but stored away flush when the layout is not used.
Shepherd Neame have invited us to attend their exhibition which is to be held in Faversham on 7th June and we have decided to take along the N gauge layout as a Work in Progress exhibit.
Tuesday 4th March‘14. The first of the Cobalt point motors was fitted to the N gauge layout. Though the point it was fitted onto had to be removed and repaired after suffering minor accidental damage. With some modern Mk3 carriages it was clear that the inner loops curve around the station area would have to be eased a little to prevent two carriages touching when passing each other. The ‘drawer’ style main board control panel was fully fitted. On the OO layout work continues with making the tunnel ends country scenic section. More domestic buildings are being constructed from card kits, a water tower and a sand drying plant is also being constructed. Painting of figures began to populate the platforms. The timbered barrow crossing on the end of the platforms was completed leaving it now to be painted and eventually weathered, a passenger foot path leading from the station booking halls lift tower to the crossing is next to be constructed.
Tuesday 11th March ‘14. On the OO layouts country end discussion took place on how to present a low relief cliff face. Construction of the industrial end buildings continued. On the N gauge layout the curved track in the planned station area was eased outwards to allow long carriages to pass each other.
Tuesday 18th March ‘14. The Clubs Annual General Meeting was held with the election of club officers and committee members for the next twelve months. The committee is comprised of - Brian Lambert Chairperson. Colin Hudson Secretary. Kelvin Inge Treasurer. With committee members Bob Bushel, Martin Luffman, Graham Church and newly elected Peter Newman. A financial statement was presented to the club by Kelvin and was accepted by the clubs membership. Automatic affiliation by all club members to the WFCC was proposed and unanimously agreed. The cost of the affiliation will be taken from the current clubs annual membership fee. An amendment to the clubs Constitution for this change was agreed by all present and this updated page will be produced and issued to members as soon as possible. Bob Bushel also produced the clubs Heath and Safety policy statement which will be used by the club and a copy held by the WFCC.
Tuesday 25th March ‘14. “OO” running evening with various items of stock. A dead section of track was discovered and faulted to a bent 9 way plug pin which will be replaced. Work on the ”N” gauge layout continued.
Tuesday 1st April ‘14. All but two of the “N” gauge layouts main boards Cobalt point motors have now been fitted. The “OO” layouts non working cross-over point have been corrected and fully tested. The 9 Way D connector with a damaged pin has had a replacement connector plug and wiring harness assembled ready to be fitted next week. Construction of buildings continued with painting of the 10’ foot space between station approach tracks. Scenic work on the country end of the layout, which is being depicted as a cliff face is well under way. Consideration is being given to using Toggle Latches to secure some of the baseboards together, as well as fitting Tee nuts fitted inside the baseboards frame to allow easier and faster removal and refitting of end and side protection boards.
Tuesday 15th April ’14. The last of the M6 Tee nuts have been fitted onto all the baseboards of the “OO” layout. Fitting of toggle latches used to lock the baseboards sections together began, with three boards being fitted. On the “N” gauge layout two end plates were fitted to the baseboards after the support beams were trimmed to their correct length. The valance curtain’s Velco strip was fixed to the baseboards side edges and the valance trial fitted. Measurements were taken to ensure the clubs logo transfers will be correctly positioned onto the valance.
Tuesday 22nd April ‘14. Work on the “N” gauge layouts baseboard wiring continued, with much more still to do. On the “OO” layout further work on the country ends scenic area was resumed and production of lineside buildings etc. was undertaken.
Tuesday 29th April ‘14. “OO” layouts running night. Various club members locos and rolling stock items were run. One short section of track (approx. 4 inches long) was found to be electrically dead, the cause will be investigated during a club evening in the future. As it was a running evening the N gauge layout wasn't erected, but some work was undertaken on the Cobalt point motor wiring with the baseboards stood on their sides.
Tuesday 6th May ‘14. Work on the “N” gauge layouts wiring continued apace. With one boards point motors wired back to the inter board connectors. On the “OO” layout the country end scenic area was given a base coat of a ‘earth’ coloured paint, the barrow crossing was also painted a brown timber colour. Construction of lineside buildings continued.
Tuesday 13th May ‘14. Construction of the “OO” gauge layouts island platform buildings continued and it is expected to have them completed by next weeks meeting. Further painting of the landscape at the country end of the layout was undertaken. On the “N” gauge layout the multi pin plugs from the control panel to board No.1 were finished with No.2 board connections still to be terminated. Track feed wires commenced to be installed on board No.2
Tuesday 20th May ‘14. Wiring on the “N” gauge layout continued with board one being virtually completed while board two has had three of its five point motors wired with two left to complete. The track feed and return wiring on board two is now to be undertaken. It is anticipated this will all be completed during next weeks meeting. On the “OO” layout scenic work continued at both ends of the baseboards. Point frog switching on a couple of points was checked and a fault located which is still to be rectified.
Tuesday 27th May ‘14. Running night with the “OO” layout. All of the buildings were trial fitted which brings the layout immediately to life. Various locos and items of rolling stock were run. A short video and some still pictures of the OO layout are available on the Club Layouts page. On the “N” gauge all the two boards wiring was completed. This leaves next weeks meeting to commence testing of point motor operation and track feeds.
Tuesday 3rd June ‘14. Work on the “N” gauge layout to complete its wiring was almost finished, but several track feeding defects were noted. The layout will be worked on to correct all errors over the next couple of days by the club Chairman.
The N gauge layout has its debut at the forthcoming Shepherd Neame Model Railway Exhibition on Saturday 7th June.
Work on the scenic items of the “OO” layout were undertaken by club members.