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Orchard Wharf July 2018 update

 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 …read more.

Jul 23, 2018

Orchard Wharf May/June 2018 update

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 …read more.

Jun 10, 2018

Minories goes to Derby Roundhouse

On the 12th and 13th May, Minories headed north to the historic Derby Roundhouse – for the Michleover Model Railway Group exhibition. John, Rob S and Tom headed north on Friday in a transit van (which came with a special adaption to first gear to keep the driver awake), where we met up with former chairman …read more.

May 16, 2018

Empire Mills September and October 2017

Little jobs can be very time consuming. Firstly the uncoupling magnets are now powered by a relay, which hopefully means we won’t burn out the switches on the controllers any more. Secondly the uncouplers which were incorrectly identified have now been fixed, so reducing a pernicious source of operator confusion. And finally a mystery short …read more.

Nov 13, 2017

Ingatestone’s May Update

New member Phil joined us on Monday for the working day on Ingatestone 00. We put him to work to help paint the platform supports that Mo had made at home. Liz also popped in to see progress and is admiring Mo’s model of the cricket club house. The 00 group is in most mondays between 11:00 …read more.

May 20, 2017

Ingatestone’s April update

Ingatestone 00  is our demonstration layout on Thursday 20 April in the lower hall, and  we hope to put up the four front scenic boards to help check for shorts and running.  The Monday session was most productive, Mo and Tom put higher ends on the boards  to protect all that “knitting” aka OHLE as …read more.

Apr 12, 2017

The real world moves on

  I took a trip down to Ingatestone station this Sunday arfternoon  to update myself and the team on the referbishment work carried out – although we have to draw a line on when we close our time period  for the  layout.  We had said 2014 to 2016 but its a hard call.   The first …read more.

Mar 14, 2017

Ingatestone’s September running day

Last Thursday Ingatestone had a demo / running night so we all brought some stock in to run on the two big end boards. Chris had his class 90 – a work in progress upgrade from the Hornby original whilst James had the old “One Anglia” livery version ‘out of the box’ so we could …read more.

Sep 24, 2016

Ballasting on Ingatestone

I still get a bit of a buzz when the postman has a parcel for me and yesterday I took delivery of two laser cut kits from Lazor Works. With  some adaption these should make a fair model of the signal box at Ingatestone. Mo has been busy at home working more traditionally on the …read more.

Sep 18, 2016

Ingatestone’s back from its holidays

The summer is often a down time for modellers, as family holidays, the gardening and BBQ’s take over. But we have been continuing with work on Ingatestone mostly on Board 6 (the big corner board that goes into the fiddle yard) with what in the photo looks like a complicated amount of wire and points is …read more.

Sep 7, 2016

Empire Mills Summer 2016

As we indicated in May, we have an exhibition in Peterborough in October, and so the summer has been focussed on getting ready for that. As we started to fiix some problems with the track with (including some damaged track ends at board joints, the fiddle yard and some unevenness in the track itself) we …read more.

Aug 28, 2016

It’s a wrap !

In preparation for Ally Pally this coming weekend, the Ingatestone crew have been busy getting ready the boards that we are taking to display. On Sunday, the packing crates for the corner boards were finished, with an extra day of work by Tom, Bob and myself getting the foam core for the scenery being cut. …read more.

Mar 15, 2016

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