Weyford on Sea-progress

The station boards are now in their travel boxes to protect from damage and to make storage easier; the fiddle yard is in a similar state.

The remaining boards which are the incomplete docks and cuttings sections are erected and can now be worked on in anger.

We have a deadline of end September scenically. Amongst the work is a dockside crane, Weyford Docks platform and the combined passenger terminal for BOAC and Southern Railway Marine services. Also completion of the Victorian housing, road and rail bridges and surfacing the dock area.

A programme of work on the replacement of existing electrics on the station boards has yet to be agreed. This is dependant upon a full operating sequence being available to ensure operational requirements and controls match! Whilst our resident electrical expert, John, is beating up the preserved railways of France, the sequence will be completed for his return.

Although the layout is not due out until next February, we realised recently that there was a dormant invite to the Fareham and District MRC’s Wickham Show in  October, of which we have heard nought since last year.

If this invite is forthcoming, it will need some serious consideration of the re-wiring programme. Do we do it before Wickham or after? Both will be problematical, as we want to have at least a month of “operational shakedown” sessions before any major exhibition.

Membership coming and goings

New members and some absentees

Welcome to Matt from Petersfield, an N gauge modeller who has been considering joining us over quite a period and has now taken the plunge.

Another (very) local N gauge modeller, Caroline came along to see us last Friday and is coming back next week. We hope that she joins the N gauge gang in due course.

It looks like we won’t be seeing David G  and David C for a while. For differing personal reasons they are giving the club a rest for a while. We are keeping in contact with both of them and hope to see them in the not too distant future.