Milton Street MPD's first outing south of the border was all-in all, a success. The layout performed well with a couple of problems that were soon sorted. The first of these was the most simple to remedy - the wiring on the new board which had been connected to the turntable board was soldered to a piece of track that wasn't wired in to the main circuit!!! A couple of wires looped in to the main circuit sorted that out!
Next was the turntable, we have always had problems of one sort or the other with the turntable, most seriously the gearing jamming up due to loose grit either in the gears or the gear race in the turntable well. Apart from 1 instance of this during set-up, this never reared its head, however, we found that the preset auto-stops regularly lost its registration so we decided to clear the presets and line up the turntable deck by eye - this gets easier as you get used to it!
Lastly the point controlling access to the coaling stage was playing up and steadfastly refused to change on the sunday afternoon we resorted to flicking the motor by hand. We'll get this fixed for the next outing at the Falkirk Model Railway Show on November 29th & 30th this year.
A few loco's were running a bit jerky but we reckon this is down to lack of use. A programme of letting the loco's run on a rolling road for a good will will hopefully loosen things up a bit.
The York & District show itself was fantastic, great quality layouts, great venue & refreshments, wonderful hosts & accommodation only 10 mins walk from York city centre! We thoroughly recommend The Abbingdon Guest House for a base if staying in York.
Rockvilla Goods is next on show at the Bonnybridge MRC show on 4th & 5th October 2014, last minute preparations are being carried out to get the layout ready for this exhibition.
Until 12AD Model Railway Group's next forage south of the border. Spencer's layout, Milton Street MPD, will make its first trip south to the York & District Model Railway show in New Earswick, York on 20th/21st September 2014.
Milton Street's new board is finished and the extended layout will be on show for the first time.
As a group we have turned our attention to testing the layout and stock to make sure the layout operates as it should at the show.
This is the 2nd year of the York & District show and going by reports on last years show, and the layouts due to attend, the weekend of the show should be fantastic!
If you are planning to go, pop by Milton Street and say "Hi".
Today we received an invite to the Bonnybridge MRC annual exhibition on 4th & 5th October. Held in the Bonnybridge Community Centre (Bridge Street, Bonnybridge, FK4 1AA), this is a very friendly show with quality layouts and good trade support
This will be Rockvilla Goods last outing in its current guise, thankfully Joe hadnt started hacking the layout about too much in preparation for its extension, the bits removed so far can easily be put back on.
It will be a good show to try out the Random Formation Generator software that Joe is working on, if you plan on visiting, pop by and say "hi"