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New 009 gauge layout in discussion

New 009 gauge layout in discussion

This is to be a fold up layout consisting a 4’x2″ basewith 2′ extension on both ends that fold up with the help of hinged pillars at the joints. (This will give enough height to clear the modelling on the 4’x2″ base when folded). Suggestions of the type of loayout have been asked for and several items have been discussed. Notably: A coal mine A rural setting with undulating hills and a river/lake Consultation still continues! Watch this space!

The Mere 2017 Exhibition Report

The Mere 2017 Exhibition Report

This is an image-heavy post, it may take some time to load them all fully, so be patient, it’s like trains and buses, you hang around for a while and suddenly the whole lot arrives at once. The images will open into full-size pictures with a click on them, and then the browser back button will return you to the post.   The 2017 event took place on one of the hottest weekends for a long time, and the lecture…

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The wrong side of the tracks

The wrong side of the tracks

Exhibition time is not far away now, and Three Bridges by the Sea is cantering towards readiness. Peter H (I’ve not been able to grasp the numbering system) showed me a couple of points (no, not those points) where some wonderful detail has been completed but the viewing public aren’t going to be able to see it, because they stand on the wrong side (or do we, the operators?). They’re probably empties in the shed, or maybe it’s a bit…

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Blackmore Vale – a look back

Blackmore Vale – a look back

  This is a layout I have never seen running myself, although if I bounce up and down vigorously enough in the larger of our two rooms in the clubhouse I can catch glimpses of it, because it lives in storage above the new 0-gauge layout. I haven’t been able to maintain the elevated position for long enough to actually draw a track-plan, though, and I don’t think I’ve spotted where the separate fiddle-yard has got to.      …

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February 2017 rounding off

February 2017 rounding off

Despite sniffles and snuffles there has been activity throughout the month. Firstly, we tried an experiment with the small Thomas layout that Tom had proposed would run in the entrance foyer at the exhibition, close to where the ticket table and refreshment area would be situated. The question was, could we try an innovative way of providing refreshments? It was slightly out of gauge but the main difficulty was that it hid the points so that shunting it became a…

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