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Ballasting is finished on the '0' gauge layout Dewhurst and has been painted. JohnB has started putting foam edging to the 'public' side of the layout, with the intention of producing a shallow bank at the edge of the baseboards. He has now 'grassed' it.

 The East Yard has its track in place, and we have ended up with three sidings. The Cattle Dock will be sited here, and the existing Goods Shed that used to be in the original yard has been moved here too - it fits better and it leaves the West Yard for coal only. JohnB as well as building the cattle dock has also added a timber store giving us plenty of scope for wagon deliveries and shunting.

MikeB meantime is continuing to wire up the main frame that sits under the central station baseboard. All the cabling from the baseboards will congregate here. Consequently there is a large backplate to this frame carrying all the sockets, this is what is in the process of being wired up. Most of the point motors and sections have now been connected to their distribution boards. The final design for the station area involves a some automation. Changing the mainline points will determine which controller is used, so for example it will be possible to run a train into the goods yard using one of the mainline controllers, and on restoring the access points the control would then reverts to the goods yard unit.

This is proving to be difficult to develop, and MikeB has in the meantime developed a temporary control panel that has no automation, but at least gets the goods yard to be useable.


On the 009 layout JohnB has now added the quarry baseboard that fits at right angles to the main run of boards. Several successful running sessions were had. The baseboards have now been put into store again, while further work is done by the Chairman on the old 00 station baseboards.