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A suggestion, if I may.  

 

Would slices of plastruct tube simultaneously represent the pot insulators (my assumption that they were present on this stretch of line) and help ensure that the 3rd rail is a consistent height?

 

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1 hour ago, Simond said:

A suggestion, if I may.  

 

Would slices of plastruct tube simultaneously represent the pot insulators (my assumption that they were present on this stretch of line) and help ensure that the 3rd rail is a consistent height?

 

best

simon

 

Hello Simon,

 

I'm not involved directly in the work, but my understanding is that the 12BA nuts shown in the photo of the test section are being added to do that job - advantage is that they are all a consistent size - and they already exist and therefore much less work than sitting down and trying to cut 80 plastruct tube to a consistent length

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One of the great bi-products of the Addison Road project in Twickenham club is how the group has reached out to club members who are/were not 7mm modellers when they joined.

 

Here is Keith working to fit protection boards to the 3rd rail ……………. he's now taken the plunge full-time and models 7mm as his primary scale...………….

 

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At the same time Maurice ( a fully fledged 4mm modeller at home ) was weathering the platform brickwork - 'Why no photo ?' I hear you ask !  Was it to protect his identity the next time he goes to EXPOEM ?

 

Meanwhile Barry (another 7mm convert) was building the giant hoarding by the bridge...………..

 

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So the lesson is clear - join a club - get involved - spread your wings - you don't need to do at a club what you do at home!

 

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Addison Road has been confirmed as the BIG attraction at Twickenham & District MRC's OPEN DAY on July 13th. There will be other layouts in other gauges and demonstrations but pride of place will be given to ADDISON ROAD.

 

Our OPEN DAY  will be a great opportunity to see the layout, chat to the operators, get behind the layout to see the layout from a different angle - and 'YES' maybe have a go at operating it yourself!

 

So why not come down to see us on the 13th - full details here www.tdmrc.org.uk

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Whilst ADDISON ROAD is (supposedly) a fine-scale layout, the group is open to anyone - even King George V!

 

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Joking aside, you can see George V on our sales stand at our Open Day on July 13th!

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Grant,

Where did you get the drawings for LNWR Dia 213 Brake Composite 57ft x 8ft 6ins Elipteeical Coaches are etches available in 4mm. I you a drawings of these coaches would be possible to email me a copy to [email protected] as Ned some these coaches for my Eastbourne4mm layout.

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Andrew

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Andrew,

As far as we are aware there are no etches available for these carriages. We purchased a copy of the original LNWR Wolverton Works drawing from the NRM (LNWR drawing 64/9863 dated 23rd June 1908). From this we were able to produce our own drawings, designed for etching in 7mm scale; I do not think they could be simply reduced down for 4mm scale. We have discussed writing up the Dia 213 project for publication but have not got a round tuit yet.1663151787_LBSCRI3no.24onSunnySouth10.jpg.d45d2802fd50b669a2cfbc7e67229394.jpg

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Apologies for not keeping this thread up to date.

 

The layout was exhibited at the recent Gauge O Guild event at Telford. Once the layout was set up there was time for a celebration.……...

 

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Recent additions include …...

 

A bus conductor …………….

 

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Some fire buckets …………………………………..

 

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And some beehives - YES, BEEHIVES!

 

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17 hours ago, Andrew Eastbourne said:

Paul and Grant,

My postal address is (edited by admin).

Andrew

 

I suggest you send personal information via PM and not in an open forum.

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Just a quick post from the Addison Road crew ………...

 

A new addition to the loco roster appeared at out recent running night ……………..

 

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Then all I need to do is send a 'MERRY XMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!' from everyone in Twickenham & District MRC in general and in the Addison Road team in particular.

 

The Addison Road 'team' is a very happy bunch who enjoy all aspects of building and operating the layout - and some of them don't even model 7mm outside of the club!

 

So, whether you model in '0' gauge or not, you will be very welcome to join our team. And don't let the fact that you might not live in SW London put you off  - we have members in the USA and Germany!

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

 

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With approximately 99% of the work on the layout completed the group has started regular modelling workshops where members bring down models they're building and seek help/support/encouragement from other members.

 

Keith is one of our keenest modellers - here is his GWR County class 4-4-2. Will he get it finished at this Friday's modelling workshop?

 

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At the last workshop Pat and Mike were hard at work - or at least Pat was!

 

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And Peter was working on his Pullman car

 

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Who says Twickenham MRC's ADDISON ROAD group is stuck in the past? The group had a recent Diesel running session ……………..

 

Ok, no class 66's (yet!) but it's a start!!

 

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Whilst ADDISON ROAD is now, without any doubt, Twickenham MRC's flagship layout it is not the first 7mm layout the club has had.

 

Back in the mid-1980's, a time when 7mm modelling was beginning a resurgence, there was a move to start the club's first O gauge layout in order to attract 7mm modellers to the club. Now at that time a small group of club members, who did already model in 7mm, had a very large and ambitious O gauge layout called Clamphill. They were approached and invited to lead the new club initiative, but due to storage limitations it would need to be a relatively small layout, to begin with anyway, and so the existing members weren't interested as they already had a much larger private layout to keep them busy.

 

So, after much discussion, several club-minded members, who had no real interest in O gauge per se came forward to offer to help build this new experimental layout in the hope that it would then attract REAL 7mm modellers to the club. This first speculative O gauge layout was named PORT WARREN after Peter Warren who was just beginning to move from 4mm to 7mm. This first layout was originally conceived as a two stage project - to be small and quick to build, but expandable if 7mm modelling took off in the club.

 

Eventually PORT WARREN became such a success in attracting 7mm modellers that it was decided not to build stage two but to sell it off in order to make way for a much more ambitious replacement - but that's another story for another day!

 

PORT WARREN featured in the March 1989 MODEL RAILWAYS ……………………..

 

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Paul's post of the Port Warren layout  above highlights the point motors used on this layout. They were the first application of the stall motor that we had tried (in 1989) and initially the motors were put on a strenuous cycling and stall test to prove that they did not overheat. Reliability was excellent and they were also used on several other layouts subsequently, including the (S4) Gilbertstone Quaries, Tidmeric Minerals (0-14) and  the subsequent 7mm layout Watersfield and now Addison Road. 

So successful  were they (Tidmeric Minerals did over 100 shows in the UK and Europe without a single failure of a motor) that the original motors  have been moved from layout to layout so that Addison Road still have original motors in use, supplemented by some newer and smaller versions obtained from scrapped ATM cash  machines where they were used to draw your card into the ATM.

Out side of the Club the original motors are in use on three other layouts including my 0n30 'Clearwater Harbor, Rivendell (0-16.5) and the Orange River and Portland 'FN3' (Finescale US 3ft narrow gauge, 1:20.3 scale).  They work just as well on Peco G scale points as handbuilt S4.

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This is the underside of Addison Road showing the newer ex ATM motors. The current limiting resistor is just visible behind the centre terminal connector. In this use with handbuilt fine scale track a linear movement on the connection to the tiebar was required so Exactoscale bases were modified  as a mounting.  Frog switching is done by relays.

 

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I've found the photos I took of Port Warren back in the 1980's and here's a couple which didn't make the final cut...

 

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And I've also found this photo of a running session - we know who the two guys in the background are - current member Ron Patterson (sitting) and ex-member Steve Watts, but who is the young (then!) guy actually operating _ if you know who it is please let us know.

 

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Posted (edited)

Just found another one!   

 

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BIG NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ADDISON ROAD IS GOING TO BE ATTENDING BRM/RMWEB'S 

VIRTUAL EXHIBITION NEXT WEEKEND JULY 4/5th.

WE HOPE TO SEE SOME OF YOU THERE!!

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