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  1. A short message from TheLaird, "The much anticipated control box and concentrater now fitted in place and connected up, just one more connection to make. A bit of tidying up to do. All I need now is a couple of boffins to commission and test it!!" A shortened trial running session was held last week with no apparent problems reported. We look forward to resuming full sessions shortly.
  2. Another port that imported bananas was Preston in the ships Windward Islands and Leeward Islands, from about 1950 but the traffic was lost to Barry Docks in the 1960s. Preston Dock lost its banana trade when its main supplier (Geest) began to use larger ships that couldn’t access Preston. Silting of the channel of the River Ribble was an inherent problem throughout the dock's existence up to closure in 1981. (https://ribblesteam.wordpress.com/2016/08/12/why-did-preston-port-close/) More information on Bananas by Rail may be found at https://ribblesteam.wordpress.com/2015/03/06/bananas-by-rail/
  3. John Wragg, EMGS Trade Officer, reports that he will have both the left and right hand turnouts on display at the Modellers' Day.
  4. But if you have an 'Activedrive' Zimo chip fitted which has a braking capability, easy peasy!
  5. Andrew will not be attending expoEM Autumn 2020 at Kettlethorpe High School on 12/13 September.
  6. The gent you refer to is Geoff Kent.
  7. Progress at Leeds City Wellington box. All lit up with lights! The Laird has completed the illuminated Diagram for LCW about a fortnight ago and reported that, after testing it works, with the correct colour LEDs this time.
  8. Awaiting the Engine Shed Junction signaller/fiddle yard operator when services recommence. The 'Want Shunt/Accept Shunt' lights should give more warning of a shunt suddenly appearing from Leeds City Junction on the Up Normanton line. The procedure will be that the LCJ signaller will request a shunt (or 'Long Shunt' if a long train is being shunted) and will then be accepted (or otherwise) by ESJ. The problem for ESJ has been shunts suddenly appearing unannounced and blocking the entry/exit roads. It's especially problematic if stock is being shunted or a loco move is in progress in the fiddle yard. And another loco for the Morecambe/Carnforth workings, a Lancaster (Green Ayre) Ivatt 4MT 2-6-0. The weathering is by Barry Oliver and she's being run in on John Brighton's 'MIllhouses' & Eccleshall' layout.
  9. Let's give this topic a little bump, especially with the Cardiff show coming up this weekend.
  10. Coleg y Cymoedd, Nantgarw Campus Heol y Coleg Parc Nantgarw Cardiff CF15 7QY Saturday 30th November 2019 Open 10.00am to 4.00pm Admission - EMGS members FREE, Non-members £4.00 Demos - Layouts - Traders - Refreshments Members - Don’t forget to bring your entries for the modelling competition. This event is being organised by the EM Gauge Society with the assistance of members in the Cardiff area for modellers of all abilities, as part of the EM Gauge Society Members Day and AGM. Come and learn, chat and socialise with fellow modellers. The AGM is for EMGS members only and will commence at 2pm sharp. Layouts Great Swilling (EM) - exhibited by David Burnett, BR(W), Gloucestershire, the layout will be operated in three time periods: 1948-1958 mainly ex Midland with some WR stock, 1959-1965 transition from steam to diesel and 1965-1972 diesel from green to blue. Shwt (EM) - exhibited by John Chivers, BR(W), early/mid 1960s, Tewkesbury area. A former main line now heavily rationalised and threatened with imminent closure Trevanna Dries (EM) – exhibited by Wayne Crowley, BR sectorisation and early privatisation, the mid 1980s to the mid-1990s, a single-track branch line and a China clay works in Cornwall. Plus, the EM Gauge Society Test Track (EM & P4) Demonstrators Bernard Baker - ‘Not the Usual Methods’ Richard Brighton - Simplified DCC operation Karl Crowther - Creating realistic stonework using Wills sheets and other materials Roger Sawyer - Basic Soldering for the beginner Tony Sullivan - Finescale points and trackwork Hywel Thomas - Morfa Bank - some scenic modelling techniques Andrew Ullyott - Progress with ‘Cheddar’ in P4 Traders EMGS Trade Officer 247 Developments Eileens Emporium Taff Vale Models/Dragon Models Catering Light refreshments will be available all day. Getting there By car - Ample free on site parking By public transport - Stagecoach Bus 132 from Taffs Well railway station served by the Valley Lines from Cardiff approximately every 15mins, thence by Stagecoach Bus Service No.132 from Taffs Well. Accessibility Good disability access. Contact Email: [email protected] EMGa5flyerCOLEG.pdf
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    EM Gauge Society - Modelling Workshop (Including EMGS AGM 2019) Coleg y Cymoedd, Nantgarw Campus Heol y Coleg Parc Nantgarw Cardiff CF15 7QY Saturday 30th November 2019 Open 10.00am to 4.00pm Admission - EMGS members FREE, Non-members £4.00 Demos - Layouts - Traders - Refreshments EMGa5flyerCOLEG.pdf
  12. We've already started to work on it but first there's the Modelling Day and AGM in Cardiff on November 30th to help sort out. Thanks to all who have commented on the show or written supportive comments; as for one or two others, well you can please some people... I think everyone had a sufficiently good time for me to be able to announce that expoEM Autumn 2020 will be held at the same venue, Kettlethorpe High School, and will take place over the weekend of Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September. Only 366 days to go. Must go.
  13. Northern or southern English? Only joking! Different caterer. There was always food available, no one went hungry, unlike Partington in 2017.
  14. It was based on a forecast attendance of 400 (higher than last year). We achieved 15.75% greater than the forecast. It was our first year there. Cut us some slack guys!!
  15. I missed seeing you so I thought you hadn't made it to the show Tony. Thanks for clarifying the criteria. The information I'd inherited merely said scratchbuilt. The intention is to revert to the alternative wording to include kitbuilt. A bit late for this year though. Here are a couple of views showing parts of the 'overbridges of south Pelaw'. Photos credited as previously.
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