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Up The Junction / S&DMRC Newsletter ( 15 )
« Last post by Martin on May 22, 2021, 21:15:58 PM »
Hello Everyone.
I hope you are all managing to keep dry, and with the relaxing in the restrictions, you have been able to get out of the house!
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Thanks to everyone you took the time to read and comment on all the items on the Agenda in   the recent ‘online’ AGM. I hope you all found it easy to navigate.
The software used (forum) will remain in use for members. As well as copies of past Newsletters, a copy of the AGM minutes is available, also there are other sections that l hope members will use and contribute to in the future.
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For those who have not yet been able to get to the Club, here is a brief rundown on some of the things that have gone on in the clubroom.
CLUBROOM
Worktable: The space by the kitchen has now had a good tidy (thanks Peter). If you recall it was crammed with three tables and other stuff. Now it is nice and clear, the table has been turned so that it comes out from the window. This will allow members to either use it to work on or just somewhere to sit with a cuppa!
LAYOUTS/PROJECTS
Chippenham: Progress has continued on the lighting rig and an updated control panel awaits testing.
Cutlers Junction: Tony has continued with the urban setting within the loop near the station end. Various industrial buildings, houses etc have been placed and a road viaduct now crosses the entire loop to the station buildings. A short hillside has been constructed to ‘hide’ some of the curves, and Glyn has continued with his scenic work. The pointwork at the station throat are now being wired and fixed in place, to allow the remainder of the track to be fixed in place.
0 Gauge Branch: The control panel at the station end has been removed and will be re-sited once the storage yards underneath have been built for Cutlers Junction.
G Scale: Tony is awaiting some decent weather so that he can continue outside with the extension.
Bodmin N Gauge: Mike and Graham are back working on the layout. All scenery has been removed with final testing of the track work taking place, once done it can be permanently fixed down. Work is also proceeding with the river bed before the scenery is put back.
CLEANING/SAFETY
As previously mentioned, the landlords have had a new waste system installed. Please only use the ‘eco’ friendly products supplied (if you see one of them getting low, let me know).
Will members still note that the guidelines regarding ‘Hands/Face/Space’ still apply when attending the Club. Also please don’t forget to open a couple of windows (or door) upon arrival to allow the flow of air.
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GWSR
Tony is organising trips on the railway, if you want further information send him an email.
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AND FINALLY
Once again, on behalf of the Committee can l say a big thank you to ALL the members for continuing to support the Club during the prolonged lock down, your continued support is extremely appreciated.
That’s all for now. Take care, keep safe and hopefully we will all meet soon.
Martin
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Modelling Tips & Guides / Metric/Imperial Screw Conversion Guide
« Last post by Martin on May 18, 2021, 14:11:36 PM »
Metric/Imperial Screw Conversion Guide
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Modelling Tips & Guides / Tree heights
« Last post by Martin on May 16, 2021, 17:55:44 PM »
Scale heights of trees in N, 00 and 0 Gauges.
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Modelling Tips & Guides / Model Railway Era System
« Last post by Martin on April 26, 2021, 09:53:18 AM »
First proposed by Bachmann in the UK the era system, similar to the epoch system used throughout Europe for many years, has been adopted by most manufacturers to set the time period for each livery version of their models. This allows modellers to quickly identify which time periods a particular model is designed to fit. Hornby have extended list with 10 and 11 to cover franchise changes during the privatisation era.

Era   Definition
1   1804 - 1875 Pioneering
2   1875 - 1922 Pre-Grouping
3   1923 - 1947 The Big four - LMS, GWR, LNER and SR
4   1948 - 1956 British Railways Early Emblem
5   1957 - 1966 British Railways Late Crest
6   1967 - 1971 British Railways Blue Pre Tops
7   1971 - 1982 British Railways Blue Tops era
8   1982 - 1994 British Railways Sectorization
9   1995 onwards - Post Privatisation
10   2006 - 2017 Network Franchising
11   2014 onwards Current Day Operators

Notes
Era information is provided as a guide to the time period when a model or livery would have been seen. Normally the era starts as the date of a significant change in the industry (e.g. the grouping in 1922), or in livery policy (e.g. British Railways in 1956), however it is impossible to set an era for every livery change. In most cases a search on the web will quickly find the dates applicable for specific changes if you need more accurate information on when a particular change was commenced.

It takes many years to complete a change of livery so in the initial years of an era most rolling stock would carry the livery from the preceding era. In addition to newly built rolling stock usually the most important mainline locomotives and coaches would be repainted first, with local branch stock only getting painted when a major overhaul was due.  Typically locomotives and passenger coaches would normally have received a repaint within 5 years, but goods and shunting engines often went much longer between full repaints, having existing paintwork 'touched up' at much lower costs. Railway Company owned wagons were painted much less frequently, possibly only when major repairs were required and examples of wagons carrying well-weathered 1930s applied lettering into the 1950s are not uncommon. Unsurprisingly steam-era private owner wagons were often fully repainted every 3 years under maintenance contracts to keep the livery clean, fresh and legible.

Preservation
Railway preservation and heritage railways started in 1951 at Towyn, moving up to the first standard gauge heritage railway, the Bluebell line, opening to the public in 1960. Many historic railway vehicles from the past are painted in the liveries of their original owners, with 'heritage' steam and diesel locomotives and rolling stock operating alongside 'modern' trains on heritage railways and on the national network. Several older liveries have been revived for charter trains, yet another reason why 'out of period' trains might be seen on the 'modern' railway.

Please remember - It's your railway, run it your way!
The Era is merely a guide for those who wish to purchase models from a similar period in time and in liveries which would have been seen together. Do not let the Era dissuade you from purchasing and enjoying an item because you find it attractive or interesting.


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**Please Read - Using This Forum** / Members Only Information
« Last post by Martin on April 20, 2021, 16:23:32 PM »
Please note that some sections of the forum may only be visible Club members. To access these, members must [Login] to view them.
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**Please Read - Using This Forum** / Starting a New Topic
« Last post by Martin on April 20, 2021, 16:03:33 PM »
If you want to bring something up or post information for other members that is not being discussed eleswhere, please go to [General DIscussion] then [New Topic]. Enter a Subject, then enter the details/information in the large text box. Click [Post] when done.
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**Please Read - Using This Forum** / Polls / Voting
« Last post by Martin on April 20, 2021, 15:58:19 PM »
Where a topic has an option to vote, when you open the subject the 'poll' will appear at top above subject content. It will contain a description of the 'Poll' and the options available. Select the option(s)  button then click [Submit].

Please note that other Members cannot see what you voted, it is private, only the total number of votes cast by all can be seen.
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**Please Read - Using This Forum** / To comment on a subject or post a reply.
« Last post by Martin on April 20, 2021, 15:50:30 PM »
To comment on a subject, find the suject you want, at the bottom of the post click [Reply]. A text box will appear, enter your comments, when done click [Post]
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Modelling Tips & Guides / Aerosol can lids
« Last post by Martin on April 01, 2021, 13:53:58 PM »
Uses for aerosol can lids

Next time you use a can of spray paint, hang onto the lid!   they can be a useful items on your workbench/layout and they're free!

Here's just a few suggestions;

Storage of small items - loose kit parts, electronic components, fish plates, track pins, etc, etc.
Dispensers for track ballast and scatter material.  I find them absolutely ideal for this - just the right size and shape, and much easier to handle than spoons or commercially available applicators.
Mixing pots for glue, paint, scatter material or anything else that needs to be mixed.
Holder for syringe, pipette or what ever you are using to apply glue to ballast, and use another one for the glue itself.
Holder for Superglue bottles, etc., to stop them falling over.

Have you a use for one or used a similar thing as a container?
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Up The Junction / S&DMRC Newsletter ( 14 )
« Last post by Martin on March 30, 2021, 17:05:21 PM »
Hello All. I hope this newsletter finds you all well.
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Before anything else, on behalf of the Committee can l say a big thank you to ALL the members for continuing to support the Club during this difficult period. For some of you it has been almost a year since you last had the opportunity to get to the Club, so your continued support is extremely appreciated. Let’s hope soon we will all be able to be at the Club (I’ve missed Peter’s Sausage Saturdays!).
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LAYOUTS/PROJECTS
Chippenham: If you have not received an email from Alywn recently, he has had an invite from the Lutterworth Model Railway Society to exhibit the Chippenham Layout at their anniversary exhibition in May 2022. Members will be informed as and when further details become available. It may seem a way off, but we do not
know when or how Covid restrictions are going to be lifted, so it will come around quick enough. Before the lockdown, scenery had continued to be added and lighting rigs to all of the boards have been constructed, along with improvements to the control panel.
Cutlers Junction: Before the current lockdown some work had been undertaken by myself, Tony and Glyn. All the gradients have been installed and track laid. Tony has been re-working some of the card buildings kindly donated by Don for use on the layout, l have built a few more for the Goods Yard but there is still plenty to do!
0 Gauge Branch: Nothing has happened on the layout, although l will move onto that this year (hopefully).
G Scale (outside): Tony hopes to get on with this lockdown/weather permitting (although the next extension will be seen heading towards Bidford !!).
Bodmin N Gauge: Due to the lockdowns Mike and Graham have been restricted from doing any more.
Woodings Yard: We are still looking for someone to be the project leader for this layout. It all works, but needs some TLC.
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AGM
As you know we did not hold an AGM last year. The Committee did manage one meeting (in Tony's garden!) last year, during a break in the lockdowns. In January we tried holding an online Committee Meeting which went well. We will hold another at the start of April and follow that with an AGM for the Club on the 24th of April. Unless there is a major change in the Covid guidelines the AGM will also be 'online'. More details of how it will work and its contents will be sent to members shortly. So if there is anything you want to raise make a note, just for now.
Would members please give some thought as to whether you would like to become a Committee member. If you are interested please let me know.
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NEW MEMBERS
On thing we need to get on with as soon as practical is the attraction of new members. During the Coronavirus outbreak we have lost a
couple of members, so we do need some 'new blood'. Judging by model press/media etc., there has been a massive increase in the hobby
of model railways, as shown by stock selling out all over the place! We need to capitalise on this new interest, so if you have any suggestions/ideas please let us know so it can be discussed by the Committee or at the AGM. Alwyn is investigating the feasibility of a small exhibition in Stratford to attract new members. Also, if you are now aware of anyone who may be interested in model railways try and persuade them to come along to the Club to see what goes on.
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CLEANING
As you know the landlords have installed a new waste management system at the farm, they have said that we must not use things such as bleach, toilet cleaner, washing up liquid etc. unless they are eco-friendly. To this end all of those products have been removed from the kitchen/toilet area (they are in a box in the clubroom, help yourself if you want them) and have been replaced by e-clover washiing up liquid, toilet cleaner and surface cleaner, which are now in the kitchen/toilet.
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That’s all for now. Take care, keep safe and hopefully we will all meet soon.
Martin
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