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  1. Here are some more additions to the first list. Layouts Hazel End O Lancaster Lane OO Traders Classic Rail Societies Network South East Railway Society Apart from demonstrators this should be the final addition to the exhibitors lists for the show. Will update when I have more information. Colin
  2. Have to say the layout looked superb today at Portsmouth, and was certainly a layout I kept returning to view. I shall look forward to seeing at future exhibitions. Colin
  3. Went to the show today. Some excellent layouts on display, especially Copper Wort. Appeared to be a good attendance from the public. Was certainly worth the trip down to Portsmouth from Kent. Colin
  4. Went yesterday. Some excellent layouts on display, and the show appeared to be well supported by the public. Colin
  5. I saw the layout at Tolworth yesterday, and the layout looks great with the extension fitted. Colin
  6. Having not done much on the layout for a variety of reasons, We managed to have a morning, doing some scenic work. Two boards were being worked on. The first board was planning for the platforms. Whilst this board was being worked on, I went back to working on the turntable, fitting the circular rail. This was done by using a spare off cut of Code 75 flexi track, with both rails and the chairs cut away from the sleepers and then connected using 2 fishplates and the rail trimmed down to make the correct size circle, before being glued in place. We can now progress with work on the table itself. Colin
  7. Tonbridge MRC will be hosting their 40th model railway exhibition, on Saturday 19th February 2022. The exhibition will be held in the Angel Centre, Angel Lane, Tonbridge, TN9 1SF. Admission prices are as follows: Adults £6.00, Children (between 10 -16) £1.00, Children under 10 (if accompanied by an adult) FREE. Further information available from the club's website, WWW.tonbridgemrc.com. The following layouts, traders and societies are currently confirmed as attending. Layouts: Bear Creek N Bosun's Wharf OO Fintonagh O Gosfield Yard O Habbaniya Iraq 1941 Horsebridge Wharf EM Katharine Street Station OO Kingsnorth N Kinlochlaggen N Lambourn OO New Walmington Pier OO9 Norge HO Ospringe (St.Peter) & Water Lane N Priorsfield OO Shillingstone N Strood Dock O Upper Oreful Street OO Wickhambreux Road OO9 Wittenden O-16.5/O9 dual gauge. Traders: ACE Products C & L Finescale Carriage and Wagon models Coastal DCC David Wills Dingo Servo Mounts Doug's Model Trains and Tools DOW Scenics Golden Arrow Productions Harrison-Brown Models Heritage in Motion Invicta Model Rail Kent Garden Railways KS Laser Designs Layouts 4u Matthew Cousins (Artist, with O gauge Drive Thomas) Mick Jupp Mike Turner (Artist) Plus Daughters Rail Books Railroad Trading Ray Morris Simply Southern Squires Model & Craft Tools Supercast The Wagon Yard Societies: Spa Valley Railway Tonbridge Model Engineering Society This will be updated when more information is available. Colin
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    Hornby Train packs

    When Hornby brought out the 4 & 6 wheel coaches, I thought that pairing them with the new Terrier would be a great train pack. However I would have thought that doing an LBSCR, Southern mainland, Southern IoW or BR set, would have been better than a GWR set Colin
  9. A good day at the show. Excellent layouts (as now the norm for the Uckfield show), all worth spending time to stand and watch, and good to catch up with some of the Uckfield members. Colin
  10. Hi Fulton, Here are some photos I was able to take of Strood Dock this afternoon. It is an O gauge layout, with the scenic area being 10foot in length. It is due to be at Tonbridge in February. Colin
  11. Hi Fulton, Will take camera with me tomorrow, and put some up on here. Colin
  12. I will be making the short journey from Tonbridge on the Saturday. Its always a good show. Colin
  13. I will be behind Strood Dock in the Channel Suite tomorrow. Colin
  14. Having been able to put the layout up fully, I was hoping to be able to carry out the wiring work on the point motors. We were going to use DCC Concepts analogue motors, but after fitting them on the boards, sitting down to read the instructions, we discovered that we would need to have extra switches to operate them, and unfortunately this went beyond the capacity we had available in the control panel or underneath the boards . So we decided to remove those motors, and use a Megapoints board and servos. This is a system that we have used on a club layout and are happy with how it has worked on that for us. The Servo controller board fitted in the control panel Servos fitted on the central board of the layout The central board showing the majority of the servos fitted The servos wired into the under board panel for connecting to the control panel. Colin
  15. Tonbridge MRC are happy to say that club nights have now resumed on Thursday nights, between 19:00 - 22:00, at a new venue. We are now meeting in Forsyth Hall (Age UK), 5 Bradford Street, Tonbridge, TN9 1DU Colin
  16. Whilst I live in Tonbridge, so yes I know/knew of the direct service to Guildford, driving there takes about an hour, and I am obviously not tied down to return times. Will be going over tomorrow, so hopefully (for me) quiet in the shop, so can have a good look around and possibly a pub lunch from one of the pubs just down the road. Colin
  17. Received the email from the shop in Guildford saying they had my order. A car journey will be made in the next couple of days to collect them. Colin
  18. We used several pots of Railmatch 2406 acrylic sleeper grime on the sleepers, and it is very effective in dulling down the plastic used for the sleepers. Colin
  19. This morning, the track circuit wiring was finished for the layout, the central board being the last board done. Having gotten that done, and with some favourable weather, we were able to put the layout up fully, for the first time since we started!! Some testing was also done. The next stage for us, will be to wire up the points and test them. Colin
  20. Since we had the testing of the first two boards, another two boards have been wired up, although not tested yet. These are the board with the turntable and the goods yard area, leaving the central board as the last one to be wired up. We should then be in a position to do testing on all the boards, just to confirm everything still works correctly. Once we are happy about this wiring, we can start on the point motors. The wiring for the Goods yard area, that was done this morning. Whilst the wiring was being done, the weathering of the sleepers on all the boards has been completed, along with some of the missing sleepers being fitted back. The platform area has also been marked out on both boards where the station will be. Colin
  21. Having wired up the first two boards, this morning they were put together, and connected to the control panel, and we put power into them. First of all using just one controller, then when happy increasing to two controllers, which proved to be successful. The rail sides can be painted now, and then platform edges put in position. Wiring on a third board has also started. Colin
  22. With the majority of the work in the control panel done, a start was made on wiring up the first boards. These are the boards that the station platforms will be put on. The board at the end of the layout. The board leading onto the station throat. The next stage, will be to arrange for power to be put into the control panel, then we can look at doing a testing session with these two boards. Colin
  23. So after a long time, the three of us involved with the layout were able to have a working morning on the baseboards. Whilst I fitted the final point motors on the central board, the other two began weathering the sleepers on the station boards. All the point motors in place on the central board Weathering duties on the sleepers begin. Colin
  24. A bit more work done on the control panel, with the 25 way D sockets fitted at each end of the cover and main body. Inside the main body of the control panel. The cover for the control panel. The cover and the main body electrically connected using computer ribbons. The cover fitted onto the main body. I still have to do the point wiring, again using a 25 way D socket for the cover and main body and computer ribbon, and connect the hand held controller plugs, but will be done before we want to test run locos on the baseboards. Colin
  25. Steve was an excellent demonstrator at exhibitions, scratch build locos & rolling stock in plasticard. He would greet people with a smile and a friendly insult, before inquiring as to how people were, and how the club was. Unfortunately he had been unwell in recent years but still wanted to do demos at a show, latterly with his wife, who drove him. He will definitely be missed at shows, and on behalf of Tonbridge MRC, we send our condolences to his wife Sally. Colin
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