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In which I temporarily admit defeat..


devondynosoar118

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I had to take a difficult decision today. Despite great patience from the exhibition manager I have reluctantly decided not to debut the layout over the May bank holiday.

The reasons for this are:

  • The station building and platform is unfinished
  • The control system is not finished- all switching would be via hand of god method.
  • I have 2 chipped locos, but key items of stock are still absent, despite offers of loans from Kris I feel I will not be able to do justice to the traffic in my chased time period.
  • There is no fiddle yard.
  • More alarmingly there are no legs!
  • I will not get the electromagnets or couplings done in time
  • The engine for the van to move the layout is sitting on the workshop floor!

On the plus side I reviewed my list and I got about half of it done. The yard is now fully functional and I drove trains all over it today. I am sure this way I will have a much better display and a layout that I can operate more prototypically. I have been looking at computer control systems for automation as well. That I suspect is a whole new can of worms.

I am a bit gutted, having never missed a deadline I have set myself before, however I can take a breath to plan developments. Perhaps Taunton in October or Truro?

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Thats all folks!

 

Til next month...

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That's a shame as it does look like it's going to be a lovely layout.If you want a hand doing anything just ask.

(At least you're not thinking about fiddle yard mk4! )

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Sorry to hear you could not make the deadline. The layout is going to look great and it seems silly to rush it and risk not having it work properly in front of an audience. Keep up the great work and I look forward to more up dates and its final completion. Long live the South Hams Railways.:D

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Tough call to make but can understand completely.

 

Could it not have been a 'work in progress' exhibit to show peeps how its going and what the bigger plans are?...

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It would only been a wonk in progress on account of the missing legs..

Also the van which transports it has its engine out at the moment!

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