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June 2017 .

Heywood Model Railway Group


Chairman John Essex
Treasurer Brian Amis
Secretary Roger Bottomley
Exhibition Manager Steven Smith
Publicity Manager David Saxon
Assistant Secretary Henry Stahr
Committee Member John Roebuck
Committee Member Mark Towers

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 cost.
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 boards.
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.

John Essex
Webmaster Heywood Model Railway Group.

This page updated 15th June 2017