During these strange times, we've been keeping ourselves busy on our various projects and layouts.
Bill has been finishing off some part built coach kits that he's had lying around for a good number of years near - 14 in fact! A picture of these can been seen in the Eaglesham Updates page.
Bill has put pen to paper by writing up an article for the Caledonian Railway Society 'True Line' magazine with a might-have-been scenario which saw the Caledonian Railway still extant in the 1960's.
Joe has been working on an extension to Seething, IL, two in fact, as part of the change from a UK based location to the USA. More information can be found on the Seething, IL Updates page.
Michael had a bit of a moment with the baseboards for Portandoo, and a potential disaster averted, see the Portandoo Updates page for the story!
Meanwhile Spencer has been the busiest out of us all, he's started the wiring on Muir Street, along with a rather striking scenic break feature, more info here on the updates page.
As the lockdown as social distancing restrictions are continuing for the time being, with no firm date as to when these will be lifted, we are hoping that we'll still be able to exhibit at Greenock and Falkirk in October and November.
Stay safe and keep yer distance!
First and foremost, 12AD Model Railway Group would like to wish our website visitors best wishes over the next few months
The unprecedented situation we face ourselves in has obviously had an impact on model railway exhibitions, and our next appearance at the Bonnybridge show has been sadly cancelled. Hopefully we will be able to return next year. In addition, our appearance at the Wakefield show in November has also been postponed/cancelled, this time due to willful fire-raising. We send our wishes to Wakefield MRC in the hope that they can find an alternative venue.
With social-isolation now in force across the country our thoughts have turned to our workbenches to keep us sane. Bill is continuing to create 'might have been' Caledonian Railway liveried stock for Rockvilla Pre-Visited, Michael is scratchbuilding an NIR 80 Class DEMU for Portandoo, Spencer is creating space to move Muir Streets' baseboards around to allow wiring, and Joe is planning suitable structures to continue Seething, IL metamorphosis from UK outline, and continuing to collect appropriate stock.
We'll continue to update the website with details of our projects in the hope that it keeps some of you as entertained as it does us!
Stay safe and take care
Eagleshams' appearance at the recent Preston Model Railway Show can be judged as a success. There were a few problems on both days, mainly relating to shorting of the track power. By means of fault finding we traced this to one of the fiddle yards, when it was turned clockwise, the short occured, but when it was turned anti-clockwise, it was fine! This is something that will be looked at before its next appearance. Some other problems were related to the wheelsets on stock, including a wheel that sheared off its axle on a wagon and a loco that shed its valvegear!
We attracted the attention of a few exhibition managers and have a few provisional invites for shows stretching to 2022, although with the COVID-19 outbreak wreaking havoc, things are subject to change.
Thanks to Les & the guys at Preston MRC for a great weekend
Work on our 'established' layouts has been almost non-existent, with only Eaglesham seeing any attention - in preparation for the layout, and our groups, first outing of the year to the Preston show on 29th feb and 1st March. If you are going along, please say 'Hi', we don't bite, although do talk a lot of rubbish.
We will also be debuting our new personalised club shirts and fleece, with our updated logo, you'll now be able to put a face to a name. We do promise to hide Spencers' face though.
We have been busy with our future layouts though. Muir Street has been the focus of our weekly meetings, we've now reached the 'running trains' part which is a great milestone. Spencer was happy to allow us all to run diesels, and was even happier when Joe's box of shunters fell to the floor...
Bill and MIchael have been working away on their future projects, Rockvilla Pre-Visited and Portandoo, please see the respective Layout Update pages for progress details.
Seething Lane is starting to awake from its loft-bound slumber and work will start again on the layout in the next few weeks, Joe is currently focusing on building a kit of the Bismarck (the real ship was probably built quicker than this model!)
Discussions are still going on about our next projects, more details when firmed up!
A Happy New Year to all our website visitors!
This year has been a busier year than last for our wee group, with exhibition appearances at Preston (with the return of Milton Street MPD to the circuit), Bonnybridge, Ayr and Greenock, and we have a few shows this year too, see our Exhibition Diary page for more details.
We have all been busy on our own projects, with Muir Street and Rockvilla Pre-Visited having the most work done, however Portandoo's construction has started whilst Seething Lane stalled. We also have a couple of other exciting projects that are bubbling away - more details on these will be published when we have them.
The highlight of the year was no doubt the return to full health of Spencer, allowing him to join us at exhibitions, and to work away on Muir Street. Another highlight was to have Eaglesham rated as one of a youtuber Heritage & Model Rail top 10 layouts of the year.
Seething Lane wasn't able to make its exhibition debut at Greenock in October as planned, however Michael stepped in with a repeat visit of Jacks Hill Loading Point 3. It's hoped that Seething Lane will appear at the Greenock show this year.
We wish you a happy and prosperous 2020.
Bill, Joe, Michael & Spencer
12AD Model Railway Group
Work is progressing at a steady rate of knots on all our projects, Rockvilla Pre-Visited is almost at the scenic stage, Michael has picked up the trackwork for Portandoo and is fiddling with servos, Spencer is relaying the trackwork on the Muir Street traverser and Joe has almost finished the second of Seething Lane's 2 bridges and has been sketching ideas for the other buildings on the layout, and has been busy revamping the website.
Please click the links above for more info on our latest projects.
Eaglesham will be looked at shortly to make sure that all is ok prior to its next outing the the Ayr Model Railway Show on 21st and 22nd September.
Our wee group have been busy beavering away as per usual over the past few months, since Eaglesham's outing to the Bonnybridge Show.
Bill has been rocketing ahead on his new layout, Rockvilla Pre-visited, with baseboards built and track laying started, see here for more info
Michael has unveiled a track plan and name for his new layout, Portandoo. Set in Northern Ireland, near the border. Please see here for more info. Modelling away from the British Mainland will be a first for us, and no doubt a challenge, however Michael has been studying the books for a good while now.
Spencer has been putting all his efforts into Muir Street, and progress is rapidly being made, all baseboards are built and a good start has been made on tracklaying and wiring. This 'roony roony' layout has got all of us very excited as the chance to properly play trains! Please see here for the latest info.
Joe has been making some progress on Seething Lane, currently bogged down by building bridges, and has been side-tracked by a new DCC system. See here for details.
We've also received invites to 2 exhibitions, Ayr in September with Eaglesham and Bonnybridge in April 2020 with Milton Street MPD
The last few months have seen us all beavering away on our individual projects, as well as getting Milton Street MPD ready for it's outing at the Preston show in early March
The layout was well received with a plethora of comments and many questions about the turntable. Since its last exhibition appearance, Milton Street has had the Heljan turntable operating equipment ripped out, and replaced by our own home-cooked conversion to DCC - powering the bridge turntable by DCC. This proved very, very successful with only one wobbly moment in the last hour of the saturday, where the chip in the turntable bridge reset to the default address, we fixed this before the show opened on the sunday.
We also used DCC to power more than one loco at a time, a first for the layout. With 2 handsets, an operator at the front of the layout, and one at the back, we were able to keep things moving all weekend, whilst engaging with the public.
The Preston show also marked the return of Spencer to exhibitions, which he hasnt been able to do since October 2017, it was great having him around again (honestly!) A very enjoyable show, at which we will be again next year with Eaglesham.
Spencer has also been busy on his new layout, Muir Street, the first 2 baseboards have been built, and work continues apace on the rest of them.
Bill has been kept occupied getting Eaglesham ready for the Bonnybridge show in April, and working on stock for various projects.
Michael has started planning his new layout, set on the Irish border, this will be a cracking layout when its built, though it wont be a quick build!
An update wouldnt be complete without a change to Joe's plans, and he doesnt disappoint! He became very uninspired with the way Seething Lane was developing, so he scrapped it, and has started again! New layout, still called Seething Lane, please see here for the latest re-incarnation! He has been much more buoyed with this version of the layout and is progressing quicker and further than before.
As touched upon above, our next outing is to the Bonnybridge Model Railway Show on 27th/28th April.
Happy New Year to all our website visitors old and new.
The past year was a very quiet year for our small group, which is how we had planned it. Highlight of the year modelling wise has been the introduction of Michaels' highly detailed micro-layout, Jacks Hill Loading Point 3, to the exhibition circuit. This proved to be our only exhibition appearance of the year, one more than we had planned!
Over the year we have worked on changing Eagleshams' fiddle yards to turntables, and worked on some scenic details in readiness for its next appearance at the Bonnybridge show at the end of April 2019. After this the layout will be taking a bit of a back seat whilst work progresses on Bill's new layout which will depict the Caley/LMS transition period, along with a 'what if' 1960's scenario, whichi imagines that neither Grouping nor Nationalisation took place, and the Caledonian started modernising its fleet...
Our next outing however is at the Preston show, March 2nd & 3rd 2019 with Milton Street MPD, and we hope Spencer will be fit to join us whilst we play with his layout (and to stop Joe putting diesels on it). Just before Christmas we built up the 2 main boards of Milton Street to shake down any problems that have arisen whilst its been in storage. We have 2 months to work away getting it ready for Preston.
Meanwhile, Spencers' improving health has massively boosted his modelling mojo and he's is 'champing at the bit' to focus solely on his new layout. Muir Street, which has had more design changes than grains of sand in the Sahara (Joe has obviously had an influence there...)! This will be a simple layout, but very effective at the same time, Spencer has been beavering away at the main scenic feature, a 6ft long tenement.
Michael has obtained planning consent for a new layout, set on the Irish Border, more details will be forthcoming as the layout planning continues, but if its half as detailed as Jacks Hill Loading Point 3 is, it'll be a cracker. To be sure.
Construction of Seething Lane was initially beset with baseboard frame problems, so a radical redesign was undertaken, and a new (to us) method of construction has been followed, which has proven to be both solid and stable, and one that will be followed on Bill's next layout, and possibly future layouts from the rest of us.
Joe, now that his layout is wired and working, is working away on stock for Seething Lane, which is a slow process since the majority of stock is kit-built or modified RTR.
Sadly, one of our founding members, Keith, has left our group so we are back down to 4 members.
Overall, the highlight of the year, has been the continuing return to health for Spencer, much to our relief. Welcome back Spencer, we think...!
We wish you a happy and prosperous 2019.
Bill, Joe, Michael & Spencer
12AD Model Railway Group
As we draw towards the end of the year, we've all been busy working on our various projects. Bill has added a new scenic addition to Eaglesham, Spencer has been busy with a new DCC control system and with the tenement construction on both Milton Street MPD and Muir Street.
On Jacks Hill Loading Point 3, Michael has been fiddling with magnets for uncoupling and some more photos from its appearance at the Greenock Show have been uploaded to the gallery section. On Seething Lane, Joe has been making rapid progress in bringing the layout up to a running standard.
As always, click on the links for more information.