No FREEMO activity this month, but the continuous run layout was up and running OK. We also had John Levesley’s little On30 inglenook layout 65th Street Pier Cold Store.
We also had a guesting British layout, owned by two of our members. taking advantage of the opportunity to set it up for testing.
Good to have a visitor from the Gosport Group; Bryan Spencer is working locally in Bournemouth so popped in for the day before an evening shift
Here are some photos of the large Freemo HO modular layout being set up in advance of a days running.
The floor plan below didn’t match the day only in that the continuous run layout wasn’t set up.
These photos were taken just after we had set up, and before the crowds came in. Tom did a brilliant job of pulling it all together and it ran well all day. Brownsville demonstrated what a challenge it is to switch with a six car train if the composition of cars in the train and the actual car pick ups and set out points conspire to give the operator the worst deal in switching tasks. We operated with switch lists generated by JMRI and when we finished at 4pm; train 9 was just back, train 10 out on the modules approaching Brownsville and train 11 in the yard about to depart for White Rock now train 9 was back.
Thanks to the New Forest Model Railway Society for inviting us and making us so welcome. We had a lot of interest from modellers and visitors alike. Many were intrigued by what we were demonstrating and how it all came together, others were just taken with the American scenes and the sound effects (mainly children with the latter but one older couple asked for a few blasts on the horns to remind them of past times in Canada). Neil’s little HOn3 steamer demonstration was very popular. It was obvious however that the whole idea of “operations” went straight over the heads of some modellers who came over for a chat – a step to far perhaps?
11 am, the hall falls silent for two minutes
A busy day, with two Fremo modular setups and the continuous run layout all in action. The first Fremo setup was a dry run for our forthcoming day out at the New Forest Model Railway Society open day.
The second suite of modules were Vic, David and Richard’s modules, all under development and on test.
In the lounge the team planning to develop the continuous run layout were hard at work.
and here are some stock photos from the day
All our visitors are we hope treated like VIPs but it was great to welcome the Regional Vice President David McLaughlin and the Roundhouse Editor (and Regional Renewals Officer) Peter Bowen.
This was a busy meeting with the regular Bearwood continuous run layout in action
There was also a pretty ambitious fremo modular setup operating
and here was the modular plan on the day
Quite a busy day even though our most dedicated FREMO enthusiasts were away on a modular meet elsewhere. We were not quite lacking in modules as Vic and David brought along their modules and (very impressive) their integration if its operations with JRMI to not only produce switch lists but sequential switch lists for each destination. Additionally they use their wifi throttle devices to update each car spot and pick up into the car data base as it happens.
The main continuous run layout was up and running with a lot of “varnish” on the track.
and finally John’s little On30 switching puzzle layout was back but running on DCC not using last month’s dead rail loco.
Three shots of our Chairman Roger Luffman running a little Bachmann 0-4-2 on 65th Street Pier Cold Store. He is using a British system, Protocab, installed (just) inside the wooden winter cab of the little Porter. The Bachmann loco, the Protocab system and 65th Street layout all belong to John Levesley. Experience so far suggests that the battery life of both the loco unit and the control handset have a practical duration of about 3 – 3.5 hours between charges if used for intensive switching such as that used on this Inglenook layout.
and here is a little Video of the loco running dead rail