Monday, 24 February 2020

February 2020

Blog posts have been a little sparse of late! Alisdair, Alistair, Andy, Chris, Stephen and Graham met at Simon's house earlier in the month for our regular meeting, which was spent running and adjusting Sauchenford, with a little wagon-building going on in the background.

Model Rail Scotland took place from 21 to 23 February, and Sauchenford duly appeared and performed well - a few electrical issues occurred but nothing which stopped running. Although small, the layout held its head up with the best when it came to quality, and seemed to be appreciated by visitors. I didn't get time to take many photos on the day I visited, since I was manning the 2mm Roadshow with the much-appreciated help of Edward Sissling and Mick Simpson. I did take a couple of quick snaps before the show opened:

A key part of its successful performance was the ability to leave the layout assembled for the past two months in Simon's attic, so that we could concentrate on fault-fixing rather than assembly, disassembly and storage. The group is very grateful for his hospitality and tolerance of our disturbance of regular domestic arrangements!

Sauchenford has now retired from service in its current form, although Stephen Harold may resurrect it with different storage arrangements. The group's next project is as yet undecided. Our next meeting is likely to be in Edinburgh on 8 March.

Saturday, 11 January 2020

January 2020 meeting

Alisdair, Alistair, Andy, Graham, Stephen, Jim, and Chris meet at Simon's house for our first meeting of the new decade. The rain poured down outside but this was rapidly forgotten as we got down to another snagging session on Sauchenford. The support structure and layout erection went more smoothly than usual, and the afternoon was spent shunting and learning the position of the uncouplers.

Stephen had brought along a natty transparent spirit-level, a tip he'd picked up at the Scalefour skills session day we attended last year. He got his on eBay; they also seem to be stocked by Homebase for twelve quid. A handy tool which made levelling the layout much faster.

Jim's Jubilee pug now has wheels and ran smoothly on the layout.  A nice-looking engine which justifies the blood, sweat and tears related in his RMWeb chronicle. The driver seems to have burned the smokebox and will no doubt have his pay docked as a result. Will it have paint and couplings in time for Model Rail Scotland?

Simon continues to make progress on his Glenfinnan project, advancing with turnout construction and painting his Foxhunter LNER fish van bodies first with grey primer then with matt bauxite.

And that was it. Thanks to Simon once more for copious amounts of bacon rolls, tea, coffee and panettone (a bit fancy, but that's Shawlands for you). A few more working sessions are planned at Simon's, panettone or not, before Sauchenford's swan song at Model Rail Scotland on 21-23 February.