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  1. I've been using a mini worktop based on a breadboard balanced on top of a box. It has a mini precision vice, a jeweller's bench pin and a tufnol worksurface. I'm now building it into a more complex mini-bench based around an 8" square lab-jack and lighting: Cheers, Dave
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    Don Leeper

    Don had been a member of the Epsom and Ewell club for many years. For many visitors to our NESCOT exhibition, he and Pauline would be welcoming faces on the entrance desk. He will be greatly missed. Dave
  3. It's the Cliftonville Spur on the right. Cheers, Dave
  4. The artist may have based it on this Bennett photograph (Plate 58 in Klaus Marx's "The Bennett Collection"): Cheers, Dave
  5. The Epsom Show at NESCOT, due to take place on 25th and 26th April 2020, has been cancelled. The Epsom & Ewell Model Railway Club has reluctantly taken this decision in the best interest of the health of all visitors, exhibitors, traders and stewards due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The government’s scientific advisers predict the peak in infections will occur in late May/early June, just after the time that the show was due to be held. The show involves a significant financial investment by Club and there was a high likelihood of either cancellation or a significantly reduced attendance. There was no prospect of being able to insure against these risks and a loss would have had serious impact on the club. We hope to be able to hold The Epsom Show at NESCOT, on 24th and 25th April 2021. We would like to thank all this year's exhibitors and traders for their support and hope they all stay safe. Regards, Dave
  6. Unfortunately Foxcote New Pit have had to withdraw for personal reasons. Cheers, Dave
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    CANCELLED Epsom and Ewell Model Railway Club's 2020 Exhibition Saturday 25th April and Sunday 26th April 2020 at the North East Surrey College of Technology (NESCOT), Reigate Road, Ewell, Surrey KT17 3DS Full details on our Website
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    CANCELLED Epsom and Ewell Model Railway Club's 202 Exhibition Saturday 25th April and Sunday 26th April 2020 at the North East Surrey College of Technology (NESCOT), Reigate Road, Ewell, Surrey KT17 3DS Full details on our Website
  9. CANCELLED Epsom and Ewell Model Railway Club's 2020 Exhibition Saturday 25th April and Sunday 26th April 2020 at the North East Surrey College of Technology (NESCOT), Reigate Road, Ewell, Surrey KT17 3DS Full details on our Website Opening Times Saturday 25th 10 am - 5:30 pm Sunday 26th 10 am - 5 pm Admission Adults £7.00 Accompanied Children (under 16) Free Refreshments available FREE on-site parking for 500 cars Level access for the disabled Layouts attending Bicsdale, 4mm/ft OO Gauge, BR(W) Early 1950’s Canute Road Quay, 4mm/ft OO Gauge, Southampton Docks 1946-49 Elcot Road, 4mm/ft P4, Network South East 1988 Elkington-on-Sea, 7mm/ft 16.5mm, Tramway system Foxcote New Pit, 2mm/ft 9.42mm, Somerset Coal field Hassell Hill Colliery, 7mm/ft O Gauge, North Staffordshire Colliery - 1920's & 30's Heybridge Wharf, 3mm/ft 14.2mm, Light Railway BR Eastern Region, Early 1950s Hinksey Yard, 2mm/ ft N Gauge, Virtual Quarry - 2010 Hornby Junction, 4mm/ ft OO Gauge, Drive your own train Lakebank, 3mm/ft 14.2mm, LMS Ex-Furness Railway Branch – 1923 to 1930 Mers Les Bains, 1:32, 1950’s France Cote de Picardie narrow gauge Much Murkle, 4mm/ft OO Gauge, GWR 1930’s Herefordshire Norwich Central, 7mm/ft O Gauge, GER and M&GN 1900 to 1914 Stapleforth St.Stephens, 2mm/ ft N Gauge, Modern Image-circa 1995 to Present Surrey Arms, 4mm/ft EM, 1950s BR (Southern) The Yard, 7mm/ ft O Gauge, Industrial Standard and Narrow Gauge Live Steam, 7¼in & 5in mixed gauge, Miniature Railway Rides Traders attending Ace Products Addlestone Models All Components Branchlines C&L Finescale Modelling Ltd. D C Kits D E Videos Dart Castings Eileen's Emporium Freestone Model Accessories Green Scenes Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Trust (Surrey Area Support Group) Model Railway Development MSC Models N Brass Locomotives Plus Daughters Rail Books Roger Carpenter Photos Roxey Mouldings Roxley Models South Eastern Finecast Club second-hand stand.
  10. Hi, I'm making very slow progress with the track as real life is getting in the way of modelling. I'm currently working on the tandem, entering into the triangle between the main lines (in the middle of the picture). Nick has been working on mock-ups of the buildings. We had to redraw the turntable and nearby sidings when Nick noticed that the loading platform was not going to fit. A recent new arrival is a very nice 2mm 3D print (Shapeways Smoothest Fine Detail Plastic) for an E1 from Small Loco Works: Nigel has recently reprofiled the wheels on a Dapol Terrier (no. 40 Brighton). Meanwhile, to fill in time while I'm doing the trackwork, some of the rest of the team have started on a small 009 layout (called "Much Waiting"). Cheers, Dave
  11. The Hinksey Yard team had a great weekend with lots of interest. Many thanks to the friendly organising team for an excellent show and looking after us so well. Cheers, Dave
  12. We had a very good day a the show with Hinksey, lots of interest from both adults and children. Well worth a visit, with plenty of layouts and traders. Cheers, Dave
  13. Hi, On Hinksey Yard (which is N gauge) we have used 4" strips of perspex mounted on 2" square aluminium tube (with scenery on it) at the front of the layout. The strips were cut by the supplier. Cheers, Dave
  14. Hi, We're off to the Longfield Model Railway Exhibition (Erith Model Railway Society) this coming weekend. Do drop by. Cheers, Dave
  15. Hi, Spent Saturday preparing Hinksey Yard for the show - looking forward to it. Cheers, Dave
  16. Hi Rex, I've measured one of the couplings: 0.9mm Nickel Silver rod for the rocker, at least 5mm long Tail of the brass plate reduced to 3mm in width (to fit in the NEM slot) Centre line of the rod between 7-8mm from the front of the coupling. It is probably worth experimenting a bit with the length if you have tight curves. Hope this helps, Cheers, Dave
  17. Hi Rex, It's a while since I did them, and I think I used a variety of settings so that I could choose an appropriate one. I'll have a closer look at the weekend and let you know some measurements. Cheers, Dave
  18. Hi Rex, We've used DGs in NEM sockets on Hinksey Yard. I cut down the mounting plate and solder some wire (I think it's 0.8mm or 0.9mm Nickel Silver rod) so that it will clip into the NEM socket: Hope this helps, Cheers, Dave
  19. JB's Model World sells on Ebay as chev625 Cheers, Dave
  20. We've had a QR code displayed on Hinksey Yard since 2014 which points to our thread RMweb. I dont remember seeing anyone using it though. Cheers, Dave
  21. Hi Graham, sorry to disappoint you, that's my CJM class 60 Cheers, Dave
  22. Hi, If anyone is interested, we are featured in the August edition of Model Rail (No.263), with some excellent photos taken by Chris Nevard. Cheers, Dave
  23. Hi Howard, I use 3M Spray Mount for both sleepers to plan and plan to baseboard. This allows re-positioning and stays tacky for a while. I've also used a generic spray adhesive, but that doesn't stay tacky for very long. Cheers, Dave
  24. Hi Jim, With hindsight and more experience, I agree with you, but at the time I wanted to be confident of good electrical connections because we had had issues when using standard Peco points on our previous layout. I felt that with multiple paths provided by soldered chairs and sleepers, we would avoid problems. The astute amongst you, however, will spot that with the interlaced sleepering (with chairs for each track on different sleepers), there still aren't many electrical paths, but it is easy to slip a small piece of nickel silver shim under the rail when needed – I've been learning as I go along I have used the Association's new etched chairs soldered on to the sleepers and the rail using small solder balls to deliver a consistent amount of solder. There are three types of chair (plain, slide, and check rail) and I have found them easy to use with a bit of practice. They have the advantage of allowing you to fold up the jaws of the chair far enough so that the rail can be dropped in from above, or the chair lifted from below, if there isn't space to slide them along the rail. I have a small jig which allows the preparation of a complete sheet of etches quickly, pushing the jaws partially open, so the chairs are prepared in bulk ready for use. Here is an early test, where I haven't trimmed the etched tabs completely off the chairs, it is also a challenge is to get a consistent final angle when folding the jaws back down onto the rail. Note a small solder ball trying to escape at the bottom centre of the picture. Cheers, Dave
  25. This is what we are aiming at: Cheers, Dave
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