To start the year we were invited to Ickenham club for their
Friends and Family day.
Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy19b18ygsg&mode=user&search=
As previosly mentioned I am now putting videos on to
Youtube.com as it is free and saves my bandwidth usage.
A big thanks to all those at Ickenham Club for such a warm
welcome. The only complaint is that the signal box and signalling
system is so good I have caught the bug and will have to install
more on our line - see below.
Ickenham & District Society of Model
Alexander Palace 21st January
I had hoped to have a full page of pictures but I got so busy
with business and my two boys I didn't even get time to see the
These are only two pictures of the day, the first being the
famous BBC aerial and the second of the Polly Owner's stand.
I really enjoyed this year as there was plenty of things
moving, from steam engines to large tanks and even planes.
Middleton Garden Railway
I have introduced a news page to this part of the website.
Hopefully this will plot the progress of our grand signal plan.
We have decided on 12th May as our first open
day which by then should see the railway running in a new way. We
are hoping to run all the train in the same direction with the
points at the house end offering a choice of two routes around
Eventually control of the bottom shed points and the siding
points will be controlled by a signal box. I have already drawn
up plans for a traditional style wooden box and a lever frame to
go with it.
|As some of you might have noticed we have
been selling off some of our own stock. We are doing this
to make room for new "standard" stock as
against a collection of prototypes and one offs.
visited the 5" ground level line in Stratford Park
in Stroud, I saw that their coaches were articulated.
This articulation provides amazing stability, especially
We have now one articulated set as well as
articulating the kiddy coach with the DMU.
With such good results we are looking to supply
articulated sets in the the near future. Another benefit
will be the saving of a bogie on a twin set.
I have updated the 4 wheel driving
truck page. The picture on the left is the now standard
chassis complete with running boards. We have reduced the
depth of the buffer beam and lowered the running boards
to give a more stable riding position.
The coal wagon may seem expensive but it is very
labour intensive to build.
No news on the new engines yet. Progress on our steam
outline engine has slowed while numerous alterations and
tweeks are made to improve the appearence.