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Eridge Mk1 suffered from poor baseboards - this describes the process of starting over, virtually from scratch

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Eridge Station Footbridge - Update

Well its been a long time since i posted any updates on the progress of this topic , mainly down to the New Premises Issues, which can be found here http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/35/entry-19433-eridge-mk-2-update-new-premises/.   In September 2016 i took the plunge to have the footbridge printed as one piece, with the plynths and luggage shute as seperate parts, originally the gallery and each staircase were also going to be seperate parts, At the time i thought this the bes

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Eridge Mk 2 - Update New Premises

Unfortunately we had to vacate our "shared" clubhouse at Cobdown and so in March 2014 we became a club with a large layout and no premises - not a good combination ! Hence the lack of posts.... but that has now changed.   The entire layout was stored Thanks to Richard in his garage while a new clubhouse was found. Anyone having gone through this experience will know that this is easier said than done. Ideally we were looking for a site that was central to our membership, secure, cost effective

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Major Road Delays and Train Cancellations Expected Part 2

More Progress On Station Road Bridge (16/03/2014)   After a lengthy delay I am pleased to announce some progress on the road bridge build. Part of the delay was determining the height of the station building above the tracks. The only known measurements were those taken from the footbridge. These were used to determine the floor level of the station by means of a 3D CAD Drawing.     Once this was produced i got slightly side tracked in producing this, however this will feature in another

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Eridge station footbridge

I hope Mark won't mind me posting these, but I didn't even know he was doing this!   Footbridge stairs by 3D printing, as part of the whole structure - photos speak for themselves really, amazing.          

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Major Road Delays and Train Cancellations Expected Part 1

With work on wiring the layout now complete until the installation of the signal servo motors,Mike a I can turn our attention can turn to something that will be seen by the General public apart from the trackwork..   For Mike this will probably been the progression of his fantastic work on the Station Canopies and I hope to report his progress on this as it happens. For Myself I am employed on the Road Bridge Rebuild.   Eridge Station from platform level   Erisge Station from A21  

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Progress Report 2013

Its Been a while since the last post but work has been progressing   Track Work   After countless hours propelling wagons and coaching stock back and forth ( Its a hard life BUT.....Someone has to do the job) followed by some fettling , the permanent way gang have now concluded all major work need on the track. We are now satisfied that both coaching and wagon stock can be hauled through all the pointwork. Its been a long and sometimes frustrating journey but the reward is seeing wagons sna

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Eridge extension

A bit of trackwork that we never had on Mk.1, the down end of the platform loops have been closed so that we get an extra bit of scenic section before the fiddle yard, and a simpler fiddle yard entry with only two tracks instead of four.        

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New canopy structures

I can't claim any credit for the canopies themselves, just the mobile phone snaps - which at least enable 'ground level' photos to be easily achieved! After previous warping issues with wood and plasticard they have now been done in brass.   Other progress continues, 2 boards are now successfully wired, and we can run trains over them (DCC now) without resorting to the dog-on-a-lead approach.   I'll let the canopy photos speak for themselves:                    

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Before and after - sort of

Normally 'before and after' pics show more advanced development in the 'after' shots - we seem to be doing it the other way round! Don't worry, it will catch up eventually ...        

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Landforms developing - and other progress

Eridge Mk2 is slowly getting ever closer to where Mk1 finished. Scenic landforms now cover the London end, showing the increased depth of scenery in the new version. These show how the low embankment of made ground on which the whole station rests (real) transition into a cutting as the topography rises (fictitious).       More on the odd looking locomotive later!   At the station end, the stream course has been carved out from extensions to the polystyrene baseboard surface, and the

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Scenery encroaches while long goods are propelled

It's been a long time since this blog was updated, and without the temporary platforms and some buildings it looks almost as if nothing much has happened in 10 months. Not so, much has been done to tweak the trackwork to make it reliable - even if it's not all wired up yet - and at the London end the scenic base for the cutting is now ready for planting and the insulation foam is now encroaching towards the station area.   So here are a few snaps from last Thursday, with a variety of Mike's m

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Board width, Q1s and bogie ballast hoppers

A few recent photos to show we're still progressing on the Eridge rebuild.   The southern (country) end of the layout. Those four tracks will converge into two before the fiddleyard, but how much further it will go is still a subject of discussion - there's another trailing crossover not far beyond, and more signals . I'm sure the trap point on the up loop (left hand track) should have appeared by now ...   The platforms are dummy templates, and those canopies may need to be rebuilt becau

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The additional bit of trackwork being considered

Following the comments in the last entry, this is the new bit of trackwork at the southern end that is being debated:     This is the bit immediately south of the station building/road bridge that defined the end of the scenic section on Eridge Mk1. It meant that there were four roads going into the fiddle yard, and because they were converging it gave rise to some alignment issues.   On the other hand, whilst two roads is better to manage, there is then the additional issue of the sceni

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There has been progress, honest, though the photo's don't show it!

Thought I'd add the photos to Rod's previous post.   Unfortunately we are at the stage where progress is happening...be it at a snails pace....but the work we are doing has little visual impact.   The track-work (all but complete) problem being the but as now its a case of sending the PW gang out to check for missing chairs and insecure rails.         So that seems to be the size of it     Or Maybe Not   Discussions are on-going about adding the cross-over pointwork at th

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There has been progress, honest

It's been a while since this blog was updated, and you might be forgiven for thinking that progress had stalled a bit - but no, even though the summer months mean more people are away than usual.   I haven't been up to see it for a while either, but I did manage to attend the week before last and might make a couple more this side of Christmas.   Trackwork is all down, bar the short new section with the turnouts on the down end of the platform loops, and work has been progressing well on ins

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Platforms again

The old Eridge platforms were on a slightly different alignment to the new Mk2 Templotted version, so new ones have been made - and it's certainly nice to see them on the layout again!       Meanwhile this nice little H class has appeared from somewhere     Trackwork is nearly all finished, with just a bit of tidying up by the P Way Dept  

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Eridge to go DCC

This may or may not have been significantly influenced by reaction to Mark's DCC sound demonstration on the layout (see videos in previous entry) but a decision has now been made to make the new Eridge exclusively DCC controlled.   This is not a conversion of the layout as such, because layout wiring has barely started. It will of course reduce the complexity of the board wiring (or at least the power distribution to the boards) significantly because we won't need to incorporate all the sepa

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Work and play

I made one of my too occasional visits to the KAG clubroom on Thursday to see how the rest of the team were getting on. It was a full turnout and so there was no room for everyone to work on the track. Instead we see Mike's J class again, but in video this time:   http://www.youtube.com/user/video10800?gl=GB&hl=en-GB#p/u/3/hV0R6RuO01c   http://www.youtube.com/user/video10800?gl=GB&hl=en-GB#p/u/2/yWZaFPK2wO4   And while those that could find some space worked , Mark got his DCC k

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Shock Horror! A green Loco!

Well, another new item of stock appeared last week, a very nice J Class tank. I suspect Mike was very disappointed it was withdrawn before MT black livery was introduced though...     Track laying is also preceding apace, the second board is mostly finished, and the third board well underway. Here, you can see Richard, (the new boy), Mike, Simon, and Mark hard at work. In the foreground you can see the TTU, (Tethered Testing Unit), Mike's re-wheeled Jinty chassis hard wired to a controller

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Some interesting stock appears

Well last Thursday we had a few guest appearances. Richard, a new member brought along some of his stock, a DJH C2X, (which I absent-mindedly forgot to take a pic of), and a rather nice push-pull, (or as the Southern would have had it; pull-push, ) set built from the Roxey kits:     Mike also brought along one of his many projects in progress, but this one a little more unusual - a D&S model of a Cowans Sheldon 15ton steam crane. Quite a neat model, but reportedly let down by rather va

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KAG meeting 1st October

I managed to organise my work schedule around another visit to my 'other' area group last week to catch up on progress and do a bit more myself.   Here is Mark, Mike and Al (Pinkmouse) not getting in each others' way as the Eridge trackwork gradually gets more extensive       Chris had meanwhile pre-chaired all this rail before going on holiday - whether this is cause and effect we don't know . When he comes back we'll show him the Colin Craig FB etches that Mark bought at Scaleforum!

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Trackwork progresses

Eridge (P4) rebuilding   by 10800   original page on Old RMweb __________________________________________ Comment posted by pinkmouse on Mon Apr 27, 2009 3:27 pm   Yup, first board done in very fetching pink and black. __________________________________________   ??? posted on Mon Apr 27, 2009 3:31 pm   pinkmouse wrote: Yup, first board done in very fetching pink and black. __________________________________________   ??? posted on Sat May 02, 2009 5:02 pm   St

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Cats' cradles and coloured wires

Eridge (P4) rebuilding   by 10800   original page on Old RMweb __________________________________________ Comment posted by London cambrian on cambrian</STRONG> on Sat Dec 20, 2008 2:38 pm   More south west and central engines were they then. Shame. mid hants are planning to turn their 'douglas' into a Black motor look alike. __________________________________________   ??? posted on Sat Dec 20, 2008 3:49 pm   London cambrian wrote: More south west and central engines

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Ballast and first loco movements

Eridge (P4) rebuilding   by 10800   original page on Old RMweb __________________________________________   ??? posted on Wed Oct 22, 2008 1:27 pm   Yes, physical work is almost complete, test trains due before the end of the year, official opening next Spring. Spa Valley will use both the down main and loop platforms. NR/Southern will sell joint tickets to Eridge and the Spa Valley and promote tourism to Groombridge Place, Tunbridge Wells etc. ______________________________________

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