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Posted by on in Ingatestone
Ingatestone is ready for action

As you can see from the pictures Ingatestone is back up in full, including the fiddle yard,  for the last part of the year in the lower hall.  In January 2019  we will swap out  the scenic side of Ingatestone for the scenic side of  Putnum Yard - both layouts share the same fiddle yard - as they prepare for LFORM 2019.

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From now until the end of the year, there is an oppurtunity to get involved in the Ingatestone todo list and also to run some trains!  Hopefully we will be running most, if not all Thursdays, from September onwards.  We may have some theme nights like ' Night of the 68's ' or ' Singlels night ' ( as in Sterling Singels not speed dating ) .
 
So what do we have on the todo list?  We need to finish the loop points and wire in all the motors and power and make sure that it is smooth running.  Now we have a seperate 12V DC supply for the whole scenic section, we should be able to wire up all the signals and detectors from Heatcote Electronics and get the signals and level crossing working automatically and talking to each other.    We will also begin work on the platform lights, of which there are a lot!
 
The club has recently acquired a very nice Dell 24inch touch screen monitor with the intention of using the JMRI Decoder Pro software to set up the layout panel for managing the route setting in the yard.   The initial plan we used for LFoRM can thus be upgraded and made clearer and easier to use.   Hopefully Ingatestone and Lacey Dale layout members will be able to give a demonstration of this later in the year.  You can see our initial investigations in progress!
 
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It's not all electronics and computers though! The other big task we have started is the scenic infills and out riders  this will add depth to the landscape and break up the blocky look to the layout.   A new member of the club Alex was involved in making the light weight frame infills that will support the background house and gardens.  So there are plenty of buildings to make, including some big buildings and sheds for alotments.   We are also going to make up more detailed information panels for the front. 

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In terms of rolling stock, there are three members with Bratchell 321s in various states of build.  We are hoping to be able to test run those as well as a full rake of Mark 3 coaches and class 90s representing the fast intercity train to Norwich.  We also now have two Mark 3's in Pretendolino silver that run in the Intercity train, which Joel and Chis will look into changing over the coupling to the more closely running Kadees as well as adding the Abellio logos used on this line.

So in summary our todo list is

  • Track and point work
  • Wiring and signalling
  • Computer control
  • Woodwork
  • Scenery building
  • Rolling stock modelling
  • Running trains!
So something for everyone!
 
Our working day is Monday all day from around 11am up until 9pm the are normally team members in on Thursday club nights so do come and speak to us.
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Posted by on in Ingatestone
An update from Ingatestone - Aug 2018

 

Chris Ibbotson has been busy bringing a Hornby Class 90 up to a better standard. This model was fair representation when first released many years ago but suffered from many of the issues that are a result of Hornby's wish to produce a product that was both a toy and a model.  But this has been over come by many hours of work and the installing of DCC, with lights to come. 90 001 “Crown Point” will make a fine addition to our Intercity fleet of MK3 coaches in their  mix of liveries reflecting the moden age we live in of changing franchises and colour schemes but Chris has captured well the Abellio Greater Anglia house colours which are simple but striking.b2ap3_thumbnail_IGS-Aug-18-20180709_190945.jpg

 

We will only go so far with this model as we await the release of Bachman's  much up dated and fine detailed new model.  

 

90 001 will be a star turn when we have Ingatestone  back up in full in September. We are also working to have the last major pieces of woodwork done that will expand and infill the landscape of the layout .

 

Our experience at the London Festival of railway Modelling at Alexandra Palace in March  was positive and proved the potential of Ingatestone to be an eye catching layout. We identified a whole batch of other things we need to address, including some reworking of the landscape and some improvements to make the OHLE robust on a mobile layout.

 

We continue meeting on Thursday Club evenings and on most Mondays, as there is still much to do – it’s a great time to get involved

 

Posted by on in Orchard Wharf

 In June Empire Mills was sold. Following its departure the space it occupied was cleared out and the baseboards for Orchard Wharf moved in. Thanks to the Lacey Dale team we now have a space for both groups to work in.

NB look out for the writeup of Empire Mills in the August 2018 BRM magazine.

We are now focused on building the dockside track, designing the control system, and planning the major components of the scenery.

Control: DCC and CBus

The layout team decided earlier on to use DCC for loco control. We have now decided to use MERG’s CBus for controlling point and signal servos and for the control panels. We’re currently working on the detailed design.

Track and scenery design

We thought we would forge ahead on the dockside trackwork but we've realised there is much to do to design the scenery. There are two reasons: firstly, we have to conceal the exits from the fiddleyards; secondly, we need to capture the atmosphere of the locality and provide reasons for all the rail activity on the wharf. Until we have the building lines settled there is little more we can do on the track. You can see the track components already made using John's innovative design if you pay us a visit -- the pointwork, using T-section angle for the flangeway, is unusually complex and quite challenging to build.

Get involved

All members are welcome to get involved with the layout. Talk to us on a Thursday evening,
email us (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or join us for a Friday evening session.

 

 

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Posted by on in Orchard Wharf

In the last month we've had several good meetings, including a 'kick-off' to refresh everyone's acquaintance with the project, two meetings focused on aspects of the design, a site visit to Poplar, Canning Town and Silvertown, and a much-needed clearout of the space we need to start work on tracklaying and electrics.

I would like to thank everyone who has come along to join the team so far. It looks as if we have a good spread of interests that will stand us in good stead. It's also been great to have contributions that broaden our knowledge of the history of the area, giving us a wealth of prototype information from which to work.

We will soon set up a regular work afternoon/evening on Fridays. If you want to come along and are unsure whether there is a meeting please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I'd like to finish this update  with a YouTube video found by our team member James documenting a train journey from North Woolwich to Palace Gates in 1960. Rather than a 'cab ride', it's an assembly of several different viewpoints including from within the train, and gives a very good impression of the railways and much of the dockland area for those of us who couldn't be there at the time.

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Posted by on in Empire Mills
Wagon repair shop on DVD

Back in February, we had a wagon demonstration next to Empire Mills at the Doncaster exhibition. During the show Phil Parker from BRM interviewed Ben W about the wagons he was fettling, and the result is on the DVD that comes with the June edition of the magazine.