Another significant milestone in construction of the new HO layout was achieved this evening with the successful running of a test loco all the way around the storage track layer of the new HO layout!
Construction of this layout is being done quite differently to club layouts in the past. Until now, track and point motor wiring was very much an afterthought — inevitably leading to problems with access and obstructions making the job much harder. This layout is being designed and built progressively with all electrical wiring and point motors being installed at the same time the track is laid. Theory is this should lead to a much more reliable result in the end!
A significant milestone in construction of the new HO layout was achieved last weekend when the storage tracks were completed on the lower layer. Electrical wiring, including point motors and test running are all being completed as the layout is being constructed to avoid having to rework things once the top layer is in place (which will obviously be much harder!)
The DCC circuit breakers (PowerShield X’s)on the main HOGunyidi 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 HOGunyidi layout.
The model has been very professionally produced and the WAMRC gratefully acknowledges BHP Billiton Iron Ore for donating this model to the club.
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. 🙂