Although Fisherton Sarum is not currently set up, I am using the time between shows to make a few changes and additions to the operating system. These modifications include: the addition of a third controller for main line operation (see below), the installation of a Model Electronic Railway Group (MERG) turntable control unit with stepper motor, moving of the signal control to the fiddle yard panels and changing all the point motors to slow acting Cobalt types. The other modifications will form the subject of future posts so to coin a phrase watch or follow this space.
Our default operation is one controller for the shed area and one for the main lines. This does mean that only one of the fiddle operators actually drives the main line trains and does so in both directions. The suggestion was to add a third controller so that two can be used on the main lines, i.e. one up and one down, allowing each fiddle yard operator to drive the trains towards their end. This will also increase the likelihood of trains passing on the main too (already possible but meaning the shed movements having to stop). The plan also includes the addition of remote signal controls to the fiddle yard indicator panels to ease operation too.
Time has been spent this weekend modifying the control panel wiring for the new controller, along with the installation of the new Turntable controller (but more of this soon). The final part of the controller installation will be the wiring on the west end baseboard to a socket for the new controller (the wiring harness is already in place with suitable spare cores). Fisherton Sarum’s first outing with the new operation will be Tring and District MRC show 13th October 2012.
Fisherton Sarum, as I reported briefly on my last post, had a very successful weekend at the Festival of British Railway modelling, a couple of weekends ago now, held at Doncaster. The highlights of the exhibition can now be found on the British Railway Modelling website here along with some photographs and a video of the show that includes footage of Fisherton Sarum in action.
I am pleased, as I said in my last post, how well the layout was received by the viewing public despite being quite a distance from traditional Southern Railway Territory. I still am amazed that three visitors to the show commented on the fact that they, like my own Dad, had bunked the shed in their younger days!
I am as ever very grateful to my Mum and Dad (who actually appears in model from in his short trouser days on the layout), and Roger, Mark and Daniel from the High Wycombe District Model Railway Society without whom I would not be able to exhibit Fisherton Sarum.
With over 30 layouts ranging from N to O gauges, many of which ( including Fisherton Sarum, see February 2012 issue), have graced the pages of British Railway Modelling Magazine and over 80 trade stands there should be something for everyone.
It is also good to see that Fisherton Sarum will not be alone in flying the flag for Southern Railway / Region based layouts, these include Thornbury Hill, Brighton main line including third rail electrics in South London based C1962; Stodmarsh, East Kent Railway basedduring World War II; Soberton, the Meon Valley line in the 1950s and Lynton and Barnstaple Railway based Bratton Flemming in the snow!
I shall be ably assisted by my Mum and Dad (who actually appears in model from in his short trouser days on the layout), and Roger, Mark and Daniel from the High Wycombe District Model Railway Society to whom I am very grateful and would not be able to exhibit Fisherton Sarum otherwise.
The model railway world and mainly Southern Railway meanderings of Graham 'Muz' Muspratt