Welcome to our News Page
The April Open day went very well with plenty of people turning
up to see our club room. Several visitors brought stock to run
on both the OO and O gauge layouts.
Our next open day will be
on Saturday the 8th July starting at 10AM and running until
about 4PM. If you are not a member of the club then do come
along and bring any locos you want to run on our large layouts.
It's free and you can get drinks and sandwiches at a very modest
We should also have Chris from Todmorden Models with us on this
next open day and his selection of modeling tools and other
items for you to purchase if required.
Our large O gauge layout Heybury
is improving all the time. We did have a very baffling problem
that came to light when a loco that was a heavy current drawer
was run in an anti clockwise direction around the layout. At
certain speed settings on the controllers several of the points
operated by servo motors and megapoint boards went wild and
started switching from one direction to the other. This took a
lot of finding and after several false leads it was finally
pinned down to the inputs of the megapoints board working as a
aerial and picking up radiated signals from the track power to
the locomotive. We first thought it was just the locomotive that
was causing the problem but even just putting a full short on
the tracks with no loco involved allowed the problem to be
replicated. The solution was fairly easy and by routing the
input wires of the controller board in a 12 wire cable then
fastening the switch common wire to the outside of it so that
both the switch common and the inputs picked up the same signal
from the track feed wires then they cancelled each other out
thus nulling the random inputs to the board.
There has still been no progress on the inner loops of "Sumner
Brook" which still need the point servo motors wiring
to the control panel to make them operational. The inner loops
can still be used at the moment but without the ability to have
trains changing between the fast and low lines or pulling into
the rear platform roads.
An additional loop is being added at one end of the G scale
layout Finley so that yet another
train can be stored awaiting a free road to run on. The tracks
are also being balasted now that the layout is in a permanent
home. We have also acquired a controller that will allow both
analogue and DCC stock to be run on the layout.
The new N gauge layout is now workable and can run both
analogue and DCC stock. New updated pictures are needed for this
website and I will get that in motion when I return from
holidays at the start of July.
We are still planning what to do with the OO layout that was
donated to the club. It is in the form of an L shape at the
moment and the thoughts are to make it into a continuous run
layout by re routing the sidings at each end and adding extra
Watch this space to see if there is development on this model.
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.