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.
Jacks Hill Loading Point 3 made its exhibition debut at the recent Greenock Model Railway show. The layout was well received at this great little show and we've identified a few areas that we can improve on the layout - mainly hands-off uncoupling. See some pics of the layout at the show here.
Joe has been making progress on Seething Lane, see here. The layout has been invited to next years Greenock show to introduce it to the circuit.
Spencer has been working away on his mammoth tenement build for his future layout, Muir Street, and its looking great so far.
Bill is preparing stock for his next layout, provisionally named Rockvilla Pre-visited. Work will be starting in earnest on this new layout soon.
Its been a while since the last update, but we've all been working away on various projects, most notably getting Jack's Hill Loading Point 3 ready for the Greenock Model Railway Show on 20/21st October 2018. See here for some photos...
Spencer has been working away on some buildings for his new project, Muir Street, click here for some photos of these wonderful structures
Seething Lane has been beset by problems, 2 sets of frames have been built for the baseboards, and both sets of frames warped badly. New boards are currently being constructed, please see here for details...
Whilst little has been happening in this unusual heatwave we are currently experiencing, as a group we've been beavering away on our own bit's n pieces.
We all had a look and a play on Michael's superb Jacks Hill Loading Point No.3 and made decisions for improvements to presentation and operation for its first outing to the Greenock show, on 20/21 October.
Spencer has, after much thought, decided to resurrect his Muir Street project, this will be a slow burner though, and in the mean time, Milton Street MPD will be prepared for its next outing at the Preston show on 2/3 March 2019.
Talking of the Preston show, Eaglesham has been confirmed for an appearance at the show in March 2020.
Joe is ready to start building the baseboards for Seething Lane in the next few days, after the track plan has undergone quite a revision due to space constraints.