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paul stapleton
post 19 Oct 2009, 18:17
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By following this thread, which was begun on October 19th 2009, you will be able to get the latest news of Twickenham & District MRC's ambititious new O gauge layout - ADDISON ROAD. Based on the West London Railway station now known as Kensington (Olympia) this model will allow the group to run a huge variety of steam era stock from many different railway companies and yet be true to the protoype.

As the layout develops, the group will post updates of progress
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paul stapleton
post 24 Nov 2009, 13:17
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It's now November 24th 2009 and much progress has been made..............

All five main scenic baseboards have been built off-site and are being delivered to the Clubroom this Saturday. One of the revolving fiddle yards ( the Southern one ) has been built and will be trial attached to the boards for the first time this weekend.

Away from the Clubroom the complex station approach pointwork is under construction - it includes a scissors crossover and a single slip - and work has begun on building the semaphore signals.

The group have made a promise to get the basic layout running for the Club's 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2011 - a big ask , but the group is pulling out all the stops to make it a reality!
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post 29 Nov 2009, 08:20
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Well, the weekend work session is over and progress has been seen to be made!

Some of the complex pointwork - scissors crossover with single slip - made its first appeaarance in the clubroom. It's being built off-site as a one piece unit on a 5ft long plank of wood. It turned up (part built) on Friday so that other Group members could admire it and it's gone back now to be completed by master pointwork builder Ewen.

Ewen normally works in EM but as we don't have an EM group he is working with our O gaugers at present....we're very lucky to have a member who just likes making pointwork - in any gauge! The facility to work in other scales and gauges - other than your normal one at home is one of the great attractions of joining a Club with a variety of layouts in various scales and gauges.

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post 6 Dec 2009, 16:10
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Here are some more photos from the November 28th Saturday work day .. they show some of the team posing with one of their new lightweight boards and the second one is far more interesting as it shows the underside of the board and the leg arrangement. Notice how the trackplan is drawn on the underneath of the board so that any bracing does not interfere with tiebars/point motors - well that's the theory anyway!


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paul stapleton
post 21 Feb 2010, 08:56
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It's now February 5th 2010...........

Behind the scenes, Pat is building some of the LNWR style signals needed for the layout. The Club has a small workbench area and Pat can be found there most Fridays working away.

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post 6 Mar 2010, 19:12
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The March 6th work day has just ended and during the day Ewen completed the most complicated piece of pointwork and delivered it to the tracklaying team.

To build this pointwork, and all other Addison Road pointwork, Ewen used printed paper templates produced using "TEMPLOT" a track design program for model railways.

POST SCRIPT - Since 2011 "TEMPLOT" has been available as a free download from www.templot.com

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post 27 Mar 2010, 19:50
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It's now Good Friday 2010 and the group have set up the revolving fiddle yard turntables for the first time. You can see the turntable being set up in the photo, it hinges in the middle as it's nearly 10ft long and needs to fold down to 5ft for storage and transport. The fiddle yard pivots on the storage trolley as seen in the photo. The workmate is not normally stored/used on the baseboard! ... it's being used as a weight whilst the baseboard top is gluing



And here's a photo of the fiddle yard it its 'half way' position.................



You will have to imagine all the track laid and the stock waiting to be used on a running session!
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post 6 Jun 2010, 16:43
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By the June 5th "WORK SATURDAY" much progress had been made and all the trackwork is now built and having insulators fitted ready to be laid.

In particular, much progress has been made with the revolving fiddle yards -



Steve looks on as Graham and John lay track on the first revolving fiddle yard board
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post 27 Jun 2010, 06:27
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We've just had the June 26th work Saturday and progress is accelerating..............

All the track is laid in one fiddle yard and in the first photo pointwork and track are beginning to appear on the scenic section - note the full size trackplan glued to the underlay



The second photo shows more baseboards ( with underlay ) being erected in situ for the first time - note how the baseboard in the foreground is "off centre" - more of this in future posts ..............



And next Friday night at Club the group evaluates progress

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post 18 Jul 2010, 07:09
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July 16th and tracklaying continues apace

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post 19 Aug 2010, 09:11
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Hi Doug and others

Mid August saw a minor problem arise -

As you can see a fullsize trackplan is being glued to the underlay to make tracklaying easier, but somehow the latest sheet has gone on slightly crooked and the track is therefore not exactly parallel to the sides of the boards and whilst the deviation is only very slight, if it isn't corrected there won't be room for the station platforms further down the layout.

After some discussion a small section of straight track is to be lifted and relaid with a very slight curve so everything will line up again.


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post 21 Aug 2010, 17:27
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August 20th and the minor error has been "sorted" and it's back to more tracklaying!

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post 12 Sep 2010, 22:34
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The Club's latest all-day work session was on September 11th. This allowed the track-laying team to make good progress. This photo shows the approaches to Addison Road station from the South ... :-

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post 26 Dec 2010, 11:15
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The Group gained a new leader at this year's AGM in early November with Grant Alderson ( the project's spiritual leader and father figure ) standing down to become Exhibition Manager for the Club's special 50th Anniversary Exhibition in May 2011.

In the last few weeks the group has completed 75% of track-laying, started fitting the (invisible) dropper wires and begun work on the (analogue) wiring diagrams ... albeit this will involve some hi-tech wiring techniques - more of this in a later post

By the Club's Xmas break far more track had been laid and this South facing mobile phone photo makes an interesting contrast to the September photo.... this photo more clearly shows the Southern (revolving ) fiddle yard................



Now with the camera turned through 180 degrees you can for the first time see the tracks going North into the new Northern (revolving) fiddle yard.

The four tracks heading North will include another double scissors crossover and a simple (trailing?) crossover approximately where the drill box is seen sitting on the fullsize trackplan. These points were misssed off the original trackplan but have now been re-instated to make the trackplan more authentic. Note the 3 way point and release road in the now complete bay platform trackwork...

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post 26 Dec 2010, 14:10
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New group leader Peter Warren (right) is seen leading the team soldering dropper wires under the rails on a board with all the track laid on it

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