2009 Monthly Club News
December 2009: Club
nights are currently far less hectic though
we are preparing Dagnell End for the visit of Mike Wild from
Hornby Magazine for a photo shoot. This photo shoot happened
on Friday 11th December with a view to the layout being
featured in the April 2010 edition of Hornby Railways
magazine. At our quarterly members meeting the decision was
taken to create a new exhibition layout out of parts of the
current Gorcott layout.
November 2009: Meeting
a week plus many Sundays for most of November paid off
meaning we presented a far more complete Dagnell End for the
layout debut at the Warley NEC show. When we arrived on the
Friday afternoon to set up we didn't know if the underground
would work or even whether we could run trains round the
main layout. Fortunately everything worked and we had trains
running on both parts of the layout all weekend. The layout
was very well received and judging from the number of
enquires from exhibition managers the layout will be
travelling to many shows up and down the country over the
next few years.
October 2009: Work
continues on Dagnell End. Following a temporary expansion in
space we have the layout is now set up complete with the
fiddle yard so we have been able to get down to testing the
operation of the layout. Normally, to make best us of our
Club room space we don't have the fiddle yard attached to
the layout. We took Arrowmouth to the Holmfirth Model
Railway Exhibition over the weekend of the 24th & 25th
October and the layout was once again voted best in show by
September 2009: We
started the month off by exhibiting our Buckshee layout at
the Peopleton Autumn Show at the Village Hall in Peopleton,
Worcestershire. Whilst the show was not a model railway
exhibition the layout was very well received by the visitors
The Club staged another successful Birmingham Model
Railway Exhibition. The attendance held up despite some of
the best summer weather that weekend.
August 2009: Work is
continuing on Dagnell End with over 70% of the track now
ballasted and much of the remaining scenery is now complete
The Club started the month by fully
testing our Dagnell End layout. We have now proved trains
will operate all the way round the layout in DCC mode - just
need to get the points working. This Club website is now ten years old.
The Club's Annual General Meeting on
Tuesday 2nd June once again provided few surprises and the
Committee where re-elected without change for a further
twelve months. The Club has been in it's new Club Room for
three years. Work is progressing well our new Dagnell End
layout. The Underground trains have been slightly modified
to make them operate far more reliably. Testing has
continued of the DCC wiring on Dagnell End. A select number
of members witnessed shunting on the layout using sound chip
fitted BR blue Class 37 - not very appropriate for the
layout but sounded good!
The club members
have continued to work on our Dagnell End layout. Attention
has turned to completing the underground section of the
layout. The club had a
successful weekend on the 17th & 18th May exhibiting our
Chilcompton layout at
the 29th Derby Model Railway Exhibition.
The club had a
successful Easter weekend exhibiting our Gorcott layout at
the 47th York Model Railway Exhibition. The club ended the
month by exhibiting Arrowmouth at the Sutton Coldfield
exhibition where the layout was voted the best in show by
the visitors. We have further
tested our Dagnell End layout with trains moving over the
whole of the scenic part of the layout.
Trains have again
moved on Dagnell End including a Class 47 with a sound chip.
All of the wiring for the track is complete together with
virtually all of the point motor wiring to DCC accessory
modules. On the buildings front for the layout all now exist with work now
centered on finishing them. This month has also seen the
launch of this revised web site.
We started February with our annual Redditch Model Railway Show over the weekend of the 31st January and 1st February. Despite the economic downturn attendance was similar to 2008. However there was a marked drop in families visiting the show but this was made up by more Senior Citizens. The threatened snow did not arrive until late on Sunday night making the some of journeys home for our exhibitors more difficult than would have been expected. On Dagnell End all track is now laid and over half the point motors are installed. Much of the wiring is now in with the connections to the buzz bars for DCC operation left to do. The major news for this month is that trains have moved on a short section of Dagnell End powered in DCC.
We have started 2009 by completing all of the modifications required to the supporting legs to allow our interchangeable fiddle yard to be used on our Gorcott, Chilcompton and Dagnell End layouts. Like many months recently all our effort is being put into completing our Dagnell End layout ready for it's debut this autumn. This month we have proved the whole layout fits onto the fiddle yard and have started to wire the layout for DCC operation.