From The Chairman

I’m writing this just after our AGM at which I was re-elected Chairman. This means next year sees me having done this role for 20 consecutive years as I was elected Chairman at the end of 1996 following the sudden death of our founding chairman. In February 1997 we started our newsletter – one A4 sheet of paper, text only, photocopied and handed out to members and posted to anyone who would send us some stamps. Nowadays we send out 6 hard copies and nearly 300 electronic copies of a much expanded newsletter with colour pictures.

2017 will also see me reaching 65 and getting a state pension. So a large part of my life has been taken up with the club which in 1997 was building the first board of our first club layout. Now we have 4 club layouts and many more members’ layouts.

I’m celebrating by having a z gauge layout built for me. It is 49 x 42 cm and it is 22 cm high with the lid on, continuing my theme and liking for small working layouts in N.Z and T gauge.

I’ve met thousands of interesting people in these 20 years and many have helped the club or me over the years. One person I want to mention is Chris Burch, who was also interested in small layouts and who started The Braunstone Show which I have supported over the years. Unfortunately Chris died suddenly during the weekend of this year’s show. He will be greatly missed.

On a good point we have managed to bring Mike Turner to the club as he has not been able to get here for over a year and his health prevents him currently from driving. We hope to bring him again to the club in 2017. He and his partner Anne have just moved house and hopefully this will encourage Mike to get back into N gauge modelling.

Everyone wishes them both every success in their new home.

Wishing everyone a Very Happy Christmas

Ken Jones

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Volume 19 Issue 4  December  2016

(Page 2 of 6 )


By Dave Griffin - Exhibition Co-ordinator

West Midlands N’ Gauge Club ‘on tour’ 12th November West Bromwich open day, in Wednesbury Museum.

Tony & Linn with Ashburton, Phil with our new layout, Gibbons Quarry.

Gibbons Quarry took its first steps on the exhibition circuit with its first outing at the

West Bromwich Model Railway Club open weekend, at Wednesbury museum. Whilst

not yet complete it was amazing to hear some of the comments regarding the snow

scene that had been created and how we had achieved a ‘dirty snow’ finish! A few old

buildings and vehicles were added to the layout to give it a bit of context.

We did get a number of favourable comments on what the layout was trying to do and for people to see how things are constructed.

With the number of isolating sections on the layout and not knowing where all sections

were on the layout I just switched all the sections on; disconnected the controller and

connected the DCC controller much simpler to operate then. (This is the box on top of

the layout in the picture).

A couple of minor changes to the back scene were required, as one brake van had a longer chimney stack on it which gets the whole train stuck; fortunately this was

found out the night before and corrected on the day with a junior hacksaw!

Overall the layout worked well over the day and kept going. One minor hiccup the day before was that the points didn’t work. On checking underneath one wire had come loose in the move just on the CDU. Otherwise on the day they all worked all day. The tight corner at the bottom did limit the use of some locos due to its radius and a

couple of locos has issues at the point where it went into the dead section. The section from this point to the station siding could be improved; as you could not leave a loco

in the station and use the siding at the top.