Wednesday, 11 April 2018

April 2018 Meeting

At this month's meeting we used the afternoon to check the layout in preparation for our next outing to the Crawley Model Railway Society exhibition (at Horsham) the following weekend, 14/15 April 2018.

Having assembled the layout to track level, we discovered that, although we had locos running, the magnetic uncouplers were failing layout wide.









We sometimes forget we meet in a church hall, but there was no apparent external help (beats me boss!) when confronted by the control panel trail of wiring.  

The fault was finally diagnosed and fixed.

This month's guest locomotive is David Smith's recently completed Black Five 4-6-0. There are a few problems over weight distribution which at the moment causes intermittent wheel slip. However, the locomotive looks very good, and after discussion about how to manage the the weight problem, the loco will no doubt be seen on Lightermans Yard in the future.
(below) The Black Five joins last month's locomotive, ex-LSWR G6 built by Pete King and Alan Smith's 2mm Jinty conversion.






























Final track inspection ready for packing and loading into two cars ready for the exhibition build on Friday for the weekend show.

An exhibition report will be posted here on the blog.




When are at 'home' we operate our 2mm scale Lightermans Yard alongside 'N' gauge colleagues of the Swanley Model Railway Club.

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