Alisdair has been progressing his small folding layout developed from a test track. A cassette fiddle yard has been produced and the track is down. The small plywood-framed sections are aligned by brass dowels and clip together with over-centre flight-case catches. There is some suspicion it will be transportable by bicycle.
Alisdair is making an effort to reproduce HR prototype track at the turn of the 19th century
– so much for a quick test track! – therefore decided on traditional PCB sleeper strip and solder construction to get a wider sleeper spacing than Easitrac offers. Fishplates are placed at prototypical 30 foot spacing. The sharp-eyed will spot a recycled, reduced P4 point template pressed into service, betraying his original 18.83 leanings.
After all this show-and-tell, it was time for some intensive bacon roll consumption, then more cake, tea, coffee, magazines ... late on, we did turn our attention to Sauchenford and upgraded the uncoupler power supply connection to address problems we'd found at the Alnwick show a couple of weeks ago, but it has to be said it was one of our less visibly productive meetings. But the seed was sown for this to change: Alisdair issued a challenge to each of us to produce a wee diorama by the February meeting. Though not a competition, it has some simple rules:
- Plan area of the diorama is to be 20cm by 16cm. It can be as high as you like.
- Modelling is to 2mm scale.
- Must feature 2mm scale track. No need to include any rolling stock.