BENSON SUMMER MEET : change of venue

I’ve just heard from Keith Webb who has booked my 65th St Pier Cold store for the show.

Neither of the planned venues at Benson is now available. The show is still on Sunday July 11th, 10am – 4pm but will be at the DoubleTree by Hilton Oxford Belfry, OX9 2JW, Junction 7, M40, about 10 miles NE of Benson. Its £5 entry for NMRA members, you will need your card to prove you are a member, non-members or no card £10. The venue is much more expensive than the Benson venues hence the price hike. What if any Covid restrictions will apply isn’t certain.

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In case you’re wondering……

we will return, though when and with what constraints as yet we can’t know. In the meantime keep modelling…………..

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FREEMO January 2020

Final layout JAN 20

This pdf file shows the floor plan.

freemo january

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December 2019 meeting

An unusual regular monthly meet in that no US Trains ran. Due to lack of an HO Freemo set up this month, running might have been expected to concentrate on the club continuous run layout. However a combination of multiple work projects; rewiring the yard throats, building the new scenic modules and planning scenic inserts for the corners meant that no running took place on the continuous run layout either. The upside though was the amount of progress made, and time to chat, drink tea and coffee, eat cake and enjoy the traditional fish and chip lunch.

The Freemo modular yard also had a service. Three corners had “sprung” due to pressure from the leg locking system. these corners have been epoxied and pinned. The track bus has been relocated at the module ends to give more room for clamping. One of the turnouts has a new switch lever and a few inches of track on the yard approach has been ballasted to match with a new scenic break to hide the wooden wonder yard from the operating area. Unashamed plug for Deluxe Materials “Ballast Bond” that glued and dried the ballast in about 45 minutes – first time we’ve used it but probably not the last.

Our little British western and southern region layout ran all day and now because its Christmas, there was also a Hornby OO scale live steam Gresley A4 Pacific demo.

BW dec 2019 (5)

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Working mornings Oct/Nov 2019

still a long way to go but the track plan is appearing. In the light of experience one or two spurs have been eliminated due to space constraints and cross overs from outer to inner circuit have not been implemented.

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November HO Freemo set up V2

nov freemo 3

This layout gives the option to run passenger trains from Far Out to North Brook and return, calling at Nomad in both directions. These could be RDC, push-pull or locomotive-hauled. In the case of locomotive-hauled trains these would run around their trains at North Brook.

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American Layouts at the Poole MRS Show, November 2019

Firstly at the Poole and District Model Railway Society show, an On30 layout built to the OTT modular standard by two members of the Gosport American Model Railroad Group.


and then a very nice autumnal switching layout serving a grain silo installation based on Burlington Northern practice.

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Bearwood meet October 2019


This month our FREEMO moduleers are away at Armitage for the weekend. The rest of the group decided to have a working day on the continuous layout, Work commenced on setting the legs/heights of the five new/replacement scenic boards, led by Bob and Richard.

John started laying the cork trackbase, completing board one and starting board two.

The two Ian/Iains started a post mortem and a redesign/upgrade of the wiring on the yard baseboards and the turnout mechanisms.


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Bearwood September meeting

Firstly work commenced on what will become the five scenic baseboards for the club continuous run layout.


whilst on the other side of the hall work was in progress on the day’s Freemo modular set -up


when running commenced there was some interesting power on the continuous run layout.

and some stunning scenery on the Freemo modules


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Bearwood August meet

Freemo Modules – 39 feet in length I think but see the previous post.

Bearwood continuous run layout

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