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Millport Victoria to go DCC!


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Well now that the Wigan exhibition is out of the way, the group is going to continue with the work on Millport Victoria. Over the coming year we will be working on a new fiddleyard board, continuing the work on the shed area and also replacing some tired buildings, which have seen better days and it would be easier to build a like for like replacement rather than trying to rescue them.

 

The big news is the group has decided that as part of the re-wire, we are going to convert Millport to DCC operation. Millport was previously operated as per cab control DC method and we are hoping that DCC will allow the operating potential to be increased. We are also contemplating operating the points using Tortoise point motors, they were previously old H&M point motors.

 

Obviously, we will also need to look at converting the locos to DCC. The majority of Normans Locos have not run for over 10 years, so as we service each loco, they will be hopefully converted to DCC. With regards the rolling stock for the layout, every item will be examined and checked. Things like back to backs on the wheelsets, missing buffers replaced, missing screw/3 link couplings replaced. As we start to work our way through the rolling stock, we will post some pictures of the rolling stock on here and detail what work is required and also maybe detail whose kit it is etc.

 

As mentioned in previous postings, the work on Millport is limited to Tuesday evenings only, however the group may look at undertaking some weekend work to help speed things up. The rolling stock for example is not too bad, because the repair/service can be carried out at Members homes.

 

Thanks for reading

 

Simon

(On behalf of the Millport Team)

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I'm sure it has been mentioned somewhere, but when do you anticipate Millport being back in full operation at Wigan - my layout Penlan is booked for Wigan in 2012, will there be a LNWR double act?

 

I know it was there at the last Show, although being so close to Christmas I had other commitments in West Cornwall that prevented me popping in to see Millport......

 

Penlan

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I'm sure it has been mentioned somewhere, but when do you anticipate Millport being back in full operation at Wigan - my layout Penlan is booked for Wigan in 2012, will there be a LNWR double act?

 

I know it was there at the last Show, although being so close to Christmas I had other commitments in West Cornwall that prevented me popping in to see Millport......

 

Penlan

 

We haven't planned a return to service date as yet, however the 2012 show would certainly set us a goal to aim for. I think you have given us something to think about.......... Hmmmm

 

 

Simon

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Good to see an update on this. It's a nice thought that Millport should go DCC, what a great way to bridge the gap between the past and the present :)

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Thanks for the update Simon, i saw Millport at Preston and it left a lasting impression so much so i bought a back copy Of RM with Millport featured.

 

Nice to see work being done to re-furb the layout and will look forward to when it hits the circuit again

 

Regards

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