Monthly Club News
April 2017 :
Work continues on our Smallwood Layout with much of the
ballasting is now complete. This week we have had our
head in the clouds with our Smallwood layout as the sky
painting on the backscenes and it really gives
the layout some depth of field when it is viewed. We had
a great weekend in the company of Westerns, Class 50's
and Class 20's in the diesel shed at the Severn Valley
Railway exhibiting our Oakenshaw layout on the 8th and
9th April and two weeks latter on the 22nd and 23rd
April at the Sutton Coldfield show where once also
showed our Oakenshaw layout and was voted best in show.
Work continues on our Smallwood
layout. The block of flats for the town on the layout
has been completed as has the ballasting of the track in
the station area.
On Sunday 26th March we took our Buckshee layout to the
Aston Transport Museum at Aldridge for their models in
the museum event.
We started this month by ensuring
all the track joints over the baseboard joints were
soldered and the track was cut so for the first time for
a couple of year our Smallwood layout has been split
into its 4 separate baseboards. This is allowing the
wiring to be completed.
We start 2017 and our 50th
Anniversary year with work continuing
on our Smallwood layout. Work currently
is concentrating on
the backscenes and the lighting unit above the layout.
This lighting unit will be the first in 50 years for our club as
to date we have never built a layout with an integrated lighting
unit above the scenic parts. Up to now all our
have had separate lights.
We are also making improvements to the station canopy
glazing and working on some of the buildings for the layout.