Welcome to our News Page
Christmas is almost here again! It hardly seems that long ago
that we were gearing up for the last one.
Our next Open Day will be
on the 13th January 2018. 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.
The November open day went off brilliantly with a lot of new
faces seen coming through the door as well as many of the
regular visitors. Overall numbers were higher than we have seen
over recent Months and everyone seemed to enjoy their visit to
our club room.
Early in November we took our G scale Christmas layout to
Rochdale Town Hall and set it up in the entrance lobby. Somehow
we seem to have lost the Santa that used to ride in the coach
behind the loco. He was there when we were testing the layout in
October at the club. (Santa has now been found hiding under a
bridge on O gauge Wrye. He will be put back in his coach at the
town hall soon)
The Christmas layout installed at the town Hall
Sumner Brook now has all of its point motors at the scenic
section replaced and programmed with the Megapoints Servo
versions. It has been necessary to install individual cables for
these as the original installation shared the same cables as the
track circuits. The result was that under some conditions the
points were doing a dance that could only have been caused by
induction into the control board switch inputs. Using separate
cables has cured this problem.
Timber for the office ceiling has now arrived and work is
ongoing to create a much lower ceiling than the existing one
resulting in a more comfortable room that can be kept much
warmer than is possible at the moment.
We are also gradually replacing the old 8ft fluorescent lights
as they fail with new 6ft ones. These are actually brighter and
more efficient than the larger old style lights. The small
circular light that was used to find your way out once all the
main ones are switched off has also been replaced with a much
brighter 5ft one that provides much more light and makes it a
lot safer to negotiate your way to the exit at night.
The club purchased a new lathe last Month which is much better
than the existing one that was donated to us a few Months ago .
Especially as it came with all the tools needed along with a
great many other items such as taps and dies.
All of the points on Heybury our large O gauge layout have now
been installed and are working. The next moves with this model
are to continue with the scenery and to start the process of
linking it up to our other O gauge layout Wrye that can then be
used as a branch line off Heybury.
Update. The new ceiling in the office has been completed
and the difference it has made is just incredible. We realized
just how much cold air was getting into the office when we
reached the stage where everything was installed apart from the
small maintenance hatch. At this stage all the cold air was
concentrated to the one spot just 18 inches square and it felt
as if a freezer door had been opened.
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.