The DCC circuit breakers (PowerShield X’s)on the main HO Gunyidi layout have now had the optional short-circuit buzzers fitted (the round black things in the photo above), so they now make a noise when there is a problem. If you are operating on the HO layout and your train stops — listen out for the buzzer. If you hear it you have a short circuit and lost power — if you don’t hear it, it is probably just dirty wheels and/or track!
The next step will be to install LED indicators up on the end wall so you can tell at a glance which finger of the layout it is that has the problem.
At the general meeting 2 days ago, we discussed how to make the club more fun and to try and get more members coming down more often to be involved. One intiative we have agreed on is to revitalise the operating nights on the 4th Wednesday of each month.
We are kicking off these revitalise operating nights next week (26th March) as follows:
- Earlier start time: meet at 7pm for a 7:30pm start time
- Briefing and questions in the first half hour (with complimentary cakes and snacks provided by the club) in that first half hour
- Strong encouragement for all members present on the night to be involved — even from other scales — especially committee members
So come on down, get involved and lets have some fun! 🙂
The club is delighted to accept the donation of a very nice model of a North-West construction camp from BHP Billiton Iron Ore that is now surplus to their requirements. The model is approximately 1:100 scale — close enough to HO 1:87 for us to be able to make good use of virtually everything on our main HO Gunyidi layout.
The model has been very professionally produced and the WAMRC gratefully acknowledges BHP Billiton Iron Ore for donating this model to the club.
Recently a crossover was added to the Yoting branch. This allows a train to reverse direction back onto the mainline, It also makes for easier running to the industries in and around Yoting.
As most regular visitors would have seen Yoting and Shotts container Terminal was recently devastated by Tropical Cyclone Rowan.
Rebuilding will commence as soon as possible
At the general meeting last week, Peter T. suggested the name ‘Gunyidi’ for the club’s HO layout. It was voted on and accepted unanimously.
From the Landgate website: “Gunyidi is a townsite in the midlands agricultural region, 231 km north of Perth. It is located on the Midland Railway, and a siding known as “Siberia Fettlers Camp” was established there in 1906, but the name was soon changed to Gunnyidi. This name is apparently a contraction of the Aboriginal name for a nearby water source, Mungerdegunyidie Well. The double “n” conformed to the Royal Geographical Society’s orthography used for Aboriginal words during the early part of the twentieth century. Gunnyidi was declared a townsite in 1930, and the spelling was changed to Gunyidi in 1973.”
The suggestion was prompted by finding the Gunyidi station board pictured above lying around in a pile of a scrap in the museum grounds. It is now on long term loan from Rail Heritage. 🙂
Jim at NCE has sent me the current (beta) firmware for the PowerHouse Pro, so I have upgraded the main HO layout system. This version is dated 10th November 2008.
For those who are interested, below is a list of changes since the previous version we were running (30th June 2007). Note that the dates are in American MM/DD/YY format.