Welcome to the
Since all the upheaval
of the move from Brassey Street last April, we have settled into our new
clubhouse just up the road.
The new layout we
started in Brassey Street had to be scrapped as it would not fit into the
space in the new OO room. The OO group have been busy planning and
building a new layout once we cleared and modified the room to our
We started with the
fiddle yard on the wall side. This yard is about 32 ft. long leading
into the paintwork and has 9 tracks. Up and down lines with 4ft radius
curves at each end lead on the the main baseboards. These baseboards
have been excellently made in Mike's workshops and erected in our room.
The track plan was
drawn out on lining paper and fixed to the wall. Then the cork gang got
to work laying cork where needed. The track plan consists of up and down
main lines coming through a large station with bay platforms. There is a
branch line coming in from each end for local trains. Behind the main
lines there is going to be a lard M.P.D. with coaling plant, turntable,
ash pits etc.. There will be a diesel depot and refuelling points
further down. There will also be a goods yard, shed, sidings and a coal
The main line will
pass over and under roads and a canal. The whole layout including the
curves at each end will be 35ft long but can be shortened to 20ft by
taking baseboards out for exhibition. We can also have only the M.P.D.
Since the sad departure of
several key modellers, this well-constructed, DC-controlled, 23ft
by 7ft continuous run, steam-era layout has been taken on by a new team.
More track is being laid and wired and scenic work is starting. If this appeals
to you, please come and join the new modelling team.