Welcome to our News Page
It is with regret that Our Assistant Secretary Henry Stahr has
had to leave us. Henry is finding it increasingly difficult to
attend the club due to other home pressures. If things alter in
the future Henry then you will always be welcome to return.
This leaves the Assistant Secretary post open and if any
members think they would like to take on the roll then contact
any committee member.
Our next Open Day will be
on the 11th November. Its free to enter and you can bring any
stock you want to run on any of our large layouts. We have N
gauge to G scale layouts and can accommodate either analogue or
DCC fitted stock in any of the scales mentioned.
There are also light snacks and drinks available at a very
modest cost along with a variety of second hand locos, rolling
stock and scenic items. Even if you have no stock to bring come
along anyway and you can always run some of the clubs own items
on our layouts.
Chris Barker from
Model Supplies will also be attending this Month so you
can stock up on modelling tools etc.
You may have noticed that the "Sidings"
a news page on railway related items is back. This was a regular
feature some time ago and was put together by Graham Bentley who
was our exhibition manager many years ago. Graham left the area
and was no longer available to attend regularly and the "Sidings"
which was a Monthly production ceased to be. Graham has been in
contact with me and has agreed to re start the "Sidings"
but this time on a quarterly basis. The Autumn issue from Graham
is now on line and covers railways near Bury and railways near
canals. It can be found by clicking on the button on the home
page or by clicking here.
As always, work on our layouts continues to be busy and
progress on them is ongoing.
"Sumner Brook" is
being tidied up and needs the inner section points completing to
get them operational again. All the old fulgarex motors have
been removed from the scenic section at the front and servos
have been installed to replace them. The cables from the control
panel are in and just need connecting to complete the job.
The latest N gauge "Priestly"
is making steady progress with more scenery being added. In fact
it's time to update the photos for this layout on the webpage
and I will get round to that soon.
"Midhey" is running
well and we have hopefully cured the problem on the board where
the goods shed is located. This was an intermittent issue where
the Megapoint controller board would stop working until it had
been reprogrammed. This seemed only to happen when the
electrical uncouplers were operated and it is thought that the
current surge induced a voltage into the controller wires
causing it to loose its settings. The controller panel has now
been refitted using a separate cable and extensive testing has
been carried out to try and make it fail. So far it looks as
though the problem has been cured.
"Townley Summit" is
being rewired and it is hoped to have this layout operational
again in time for our next Open Day.
The rewire on "Warwick Mill"
is still ongoing and when completed should make operating and
the running of the layout more reliable.
Our large O gauge "Heybury"
is running well and looks to be quite reliable now that all the
issues with the track and points have been put right. Scenic
work continues on this layout with more being added each week.
As it's getting towards Christmas now we will be setting up the
G scale layout that we use for Rochdale Town Hall each year and
checking that it is in good order for displaying over this years
If you are not a member of the club and want to join and get
involved with the building and upkeep of our layouts or just to
run your own stock on one of the models then drop an email to
any of the committee listed above or just call in and see us on
a Monday night from 18:00 to 22:00, or a Wednesday during the
day between 10:00 and 14:00 where you will be made most welcome.
See the how to find us
page for instructions on getting to our existing premises.
Webmaster Heywood Model Railway Group.