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Scales, Gauges, Eras, etc. / 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

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.

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.

(from Anticsonline)
**Please Read - Using This Forum** / Members Only Information
« Last post by Martin on April 20, 2021, 16:23:32 PM »
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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 »
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**Please Read - Using This Forum** / Polls / Voting
« Last post by Martin on April 20, 2021, 15:58:19 PM »
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« Last post by Martin on April 20, 2021, 15:50:30 PM »
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Modelling / 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?
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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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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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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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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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.
Up The Junction / S&DMRC Newsletter ( 13 )
« Last post by Martin on March 30, 2021, 17:04:06 PM »
First up, l hope you are all cracking on with some modelling (or gardening) and keeping well. As you will have seen on emails that have been sent, the Club is now open to members to ‘escape’ from the house and attend the Club with certain restrictions, the limit on numbers being the main one, especially after today’s announcement (08.09.20) that the maximum number of persons able to ‘meet’ is 6 (subject to social distancing guidelines). Members who wish to attend the Club can do so providing they let me know in advance so that l can keep a track of who is going to be at the Club at any particular time.
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Despite the restrictions, activities have continued on layouts at the Club. On Chippenham testing on the trackwork has been completed, with a few small repairs, Alwyn continues to work on the backscenes Peter has completed virtually all the balasting, and the installation of some more automatic Dapol motorised signals is currently being done. Mike and Graham have continued working on the scenery on Bodmin Road, which is proceeding steadily. I have undertaken some minor work on the 0 Gauge, but anymore will have to wait until the Cutlers Junction rebuild is further on.
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Following on from the last Newsletter (No.12) no comments or suggestions were received (other than the amount of work involved – but we are not doing anything else are we!) so plans to dismantle the majority of the existing Cutlers Junction Layout went ahead.
As you can see from the following images virtually everything but the station board have been cleared. There remains enough timber to construct the frames but the old baseboard tops were made of wood fibre insulation board, all these have been removed and Tony has ordered enough 12mm plywood to cover the frames once they have been built.
                       Prposed Track Plan
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I will endeavour to do another Newsletter in a few weeks to keep members updated, especially for those who are not able to attend the Club at this time. If you require larger images l can send them by email, let me know. Keep Safe & Keep Modelling.

Up The Junction / S&DMRC Newsletter ( 12 )
« Last post by Martin on March 30, 2021, 17:01:13 PM »
Hello all. It’s been over a year since l last did a Newsletter, but due to the current climate that we are all in l felt that perhaps one was now due! As we have not been able to hold Committee or General meetings so far this year l have asked the Committee for any comments.
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When we held our last AGM over 14 months ago, little did we know what a dramatic year was ahead of us. Some very successful events were, however, overshadowed by the very sad loss of our colleague, Peter Leeming, to the Corona Virus on 4th April after a gallant fight for life. An obituary written by Tony is on the next page and will be posted on our website in his memory and a memorial photograph in the clubroom. He was much respected for his expertise and happy personality and he will be missed by us all. His contribution to the development of the club’s layouts and particularly his superb 0 Gauge railway, now to be named ‘Leeming Junction’, will long be remembered.
Other than the social events of the year, of which more later and particularly the Christmas Lunch, the two most memorable occasions were the Open Day on 4th August 2019 and the L&WMRS exhibition over the weekend 6th to 8th March 2020. Both events were successful largely because of the involvement and enthusiasm of club members (and their wives in the case of the former). The Open Day was planned as a trial run for family and friends to show them what we have been doing when we disappear to Cutlers Farm each week. We were fortunate with the weather and our layouts, particularly the G Gauge “Cherry Tree Line”, were a popular attraction and received much praise especially from our friends from the L&WMRS which is very gratifying.
Their show in March was especially rewarding for us and though we only had three of the five tables from “Chippenham Junction”, it attracted a large audience on both days and gave us useful coverage in the Herald. Indeed, our presence there resulted in several invitations to other local shows which unfortunately did not materialize due to the lockdown. The only exception is the Lutterworth show which is still scheduled for 21st and 22nd May 2022. We still hope to display the full layout in the Chippenham Velde Museum next summer.
Though the club room has been closed for normal activities, low level work has continued on an individual basis over the last few weeks to maintain progress and our sanity! This should allow us to make a flying start once we finally reopen, probably on a limited basis initially, in the not too distant future (we hope!). This pause in activities has also meant that we have had time to think about how we can improve existing layouts and hopefully involve more members.
Alwyn (Chairman)
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During the lockdown some thought has been given to access and other problems with Cutlers Junction, you will find more details and some ideas on page 3 of this Newsletter, please take time to read it and let us know your thoughts, good or bad.
When we eventually get back to some sort of normality and if you feel helping on Cutlers is too much, we still need members to step forward to ‘take charge’ of layouts like Woodings Yard and Cutlers Junction. Both these layouts need some TLC, nothing major and there is plenty of help about if you need it.
So if you fancy taking on one these layouts or if there is anything you think of that the Club should look at doing, then please let me or one of the other Committee members know so that we can look at it.
Hopefully we will be meeting again soon for one of Peter’s sausage Saturdays!
Martin (Secretary)
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Very many thanks to our members for their continued support throughout all these weeks of closure. Income and expenditure pretty well balance out and funds remain pretty much the same as last year.
Vic (Treasurer)
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We are still continuing to contact local free publications to plug the Club. Although I suppose even this is taking a back seat during this crisis. Onwards and upwards.
Peter (Membership)
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I am keeping watching eye on the events that may be an option depending on the developing situation on the lock down.
GWR Toddington are now looking at the possibility of running two non corridor trains later this year. These will be available on a prebooking of seats on an individual compartment basis but no dates available yet. West Somerset Railway are talking about next April, the Severn  Valley are still thinking about later this Year.
It is hoped that with the easing of restrictions, a Club Christmas Meal may still be possible. Let’s hope things continue to improve.
Tony (Events)
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Peter joined the club on the 19th April 2016, just as the Club was planning their move out of town. He quickly became a very valued member of the team. His extensive knowledge of railway working and practice was always of great assistance to us all.
His modelling skills produced many beautifully detailed scratch built 0 gauge locos, some out of just card and plastic sheet. He had an engineer’s knowledge of how to fit things like reduction gearing which would make all his locos run smoothly and quietly.
He was always happy to pass on his various skills and work with members to explain and train them to accomplish new skills. His layout Leeming Junction will stand as a testimony to his imagination and modelling skills.
Peter was always kind, cheerful and optimistic even though his health was not always good. In so many ways he was a great asset to the club and his warm smile and gentle personality will be sorely missed.
This was some of Peters work:-
At Snowshill Manor
Leeming Junction
Peter’s last scratch built locomotive
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Whilst on lockdown discussions have taken place over Cutlers Junction. There were a number of problems that had been raised before the current lockdown, but this has given us the opportunity to look at these issues in more detail. Some of the issues members were encountering are:
None of us are getting any younger and bending becomes more of an issue, access to a) the 0 gauge branch line b) control panel and fiddle yard and c) mains plugs for front control panel, are all a problem.
There are some tight curves and the end of the station that cause derailment and also the incline is too steep for many locomotives. The station throat is awkward to operate as is the fiddle yard at the rear and there is a lack of work available for members to do on Cutlers Junction.
Access could be gained by introducing a lift out section to the front, this would involve re-doing the station throat which needs doing anyway, there was a gap there earlier on of 15” but any new gap would need to be wider (to prevent damage as well as accommodating the wider girth!) so some rebuilding of the frame and baseboards would be needed. The tight curves could be eased but the incline not so. Remodelling of the fiddle yard could be done to make it more usable and possibly add scenery.
As all the above would involve a fair amount of work and if we were going to do all that then perhaps now was the time to look at possible alternatives.
The proposal is that Cutlers Junction is opened up allow members better access to the 0 gauge and Cutlers Junction layout itself. The main station would be retained along with part of the station throat and the two scenic ends. A new station throat and exit would consist of only six points, instead of the current fifteen, and a new storage yard will be sited under the 0 gauge station, behind the quarry. A gentler incline can be introduced and with adjustment to the curved ends give a running length of over 130ft as opposed to the current 42ft (in either direction).
This remodelling give members the chance to get involved in all aspects of the layout and it can be wired from the off for either DC or DCC in such a way that a simple swap out of controllers is all that is needed, so members could even bring their own DCC controllers in to try if they wished. The extended run also gives members the chance to bring their locos in and give them a good run.
Below is a plan of the baseboards
Suggested track plan.
Please do let us know your thoughts, more details can be given if members consider these changes agreeable.
Tony & Martin
Up The Junction / S&DMRC Newsletter ( 11 )
« Last post by Martin on March 30, 2021, 16:58:06 PM »
H A P P Y   E A S T E R
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This years AGM combined with another ‘sausage’ Saturday (this time is was some excellent bacon rolls). Thanks must go again to Peter P. For doing all the work (cooking etc.).
You should all have had an email with a copy of the minutes, if not please let me know.
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We hope to be arranging an ‘Open Day’ at the Club for family, friends and invited guests on Sunday the 4th August 2019. All hands on deck will be needed for this!
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Due to last years workshops being poorly attended there are none planned for this year. Instead if any member wishes to know more on a certain topic one to one sessions will be arranged.
If there is a subject that you would think would make a good workshop for members let Peter or Tony know so that they can look into getting something arranged.
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Tony puts in a lot of effort in organising various social events throughout the year. If there is one you wish to go on please advise him as early as possible or if you have a suggestion that members might like, again please advise Tony. Some of this years events are:-
Club Lunch on the Severn Valley Venturer. Due to the popularity of these lunches it will be necessary to confirm a our booking within the next few weeks, so if you wish to join us "LET ME KNOW"
Statfold Narrow Gauge Trust Private Railway.
This is highly recommended event. Visits in June and September.
Mid term club lunch (with partners). This can be arranged if there is enough interest in Mid September.
GWR Toddington: King Edward 11nd will be in steam at the GWR from the end of May through most of the season.
West Somerset Railway: The line is now open from Bishops Lydiard Right through to Minehead . First trip planned for 15th May.
Snowshill Manor: The new Garden railway is now operating in Wolf,s Cove.
Bidford Garden Railway First open day planned for Mid May, also Alwyns extensive layout at his home. Dates for visits to be confirmed.
As with any of these please LET TONY KNOW as soon as possible of your interest.
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We are almost ready to make a start on the G gauge layout outside (weather permitting). Also the portable layout by former member (Dave Wooding) is to be refurbished by members hopefully for possible display at some point. More details to follow.
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The last bit...(again!)
Can members return any mugs used to the kitchen, wash them and leave on drainer for others to use.
Peter continually does an excellent job in supplying/cooking the sausages or bacon for our ‘Sausage Saturdays’ his time is free but the ingredients have to be paid for, so please drop some change in the the ‘Tea Money Box’ at the club this pays for the food on ‘Sausage Saturdays’, tea bags, milk, coffee, sugar, biscuits, loo rolls etc.
All donations welcome!
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