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PREPARATION FOR EXHIBITIONS AND OPERATION

 

    As this layout was intended to be an exhibition one and over the years since 2012 when showing , I basically scrambled about with rolling stock and understanding the new control system when I  changed to TCC/DCC from plain DC after it's inaugural  showing at the local Model Railway Exhibition in 2012.

Also, where and when  you see a item be it a loco, rolling stock or scenic/lineside that would enhance the interest in your layout it pays to get it.

With the new system being automatic,  it was quite a while before I understood the mechanics of writing  the scripts so relied on my friend Peter Broadhead { who suggested that the layout lent itself to TCC/DCC automatic running) to write the initial programme script for the basic running. At that early stage my main focus was to run trains, the scenery and build the buildings.

    These past months I have been refurbishing the layout and doing running repairs  on the tracks and point servos in readiness for the local show at the end of March which has  now been postponed /cancel because of Covid-19. Also I have been making sure that the locos run reliably and the ones that fail in reliability have been retired and new ones added to the layouts stable. In line with reliable locos I needed to sort out the rakes of rolling stock  so I have built a tray from an empty Peco box which contained 12 lengths of code 143 track for my Stoke Garden Branch Railway.

Just finished the tray today and below is the end result.

 

 

     I also tidied up the loco stable when getting ready for a show, so had a wooden box which could hold N gauge locos and house 10 of my locos i use for exhibitions as shown below.  There are 10 locos in the box and I have the Pacer and the HST set in their Dapol packets so all locos are protected. 

 

 

       In the last issue of the Great Western Study Group newsletter there was a review of Osborns Models laser cut kit of a siphon C  milk wagon 

 which would be an added point of interest for Little Stoke's layout.