Another quietly industrious day at the Club. We welcomed new member Bernie, who will not be reading this because I don't have an email address for him. In fact, it is possible that nobody has.
I had gone in thinking that I might "help" Derek with the command station / booster problem. However it seems that Derek had decided that Greg was the man to solve this, and so devoted himself to wiring Stanley Creek point motors to the first of our new control panels. Looks very smart, and very practical. Funny thing - I tested the points and motors as I installed them, using a little 12v plug pack. When Derek connected them to the 16v dedicated supply they did not work. Various theories are being explored, fortunately none involve requisitioning my plug pack.
Rod continued to lay track at Mousehole, eventually saying something along the lines of "Oh, was I supposed to put insulated joiners on these points?" I saw him later, laying track at John's Falls, and did not ask what had happened in between times. Geoff the Sec, having finished with the nameless station, was also advancing on John's Falls from the other direction. Helen arrived with about 10 feet of USA rolling stock and a nice Co Co diesel, and tried to run the consist. Essentially, what it proved was that locos need clean wheels. Judy had also arrived, wrapped in as many layers as Helen, and complaining just as much about the cold. Bernie, having spent some time trying to figure out what we all doing, went off the the long room to help Geoff the Pres and Dale with their wrecking/dismantling activities. There is now a sizeable space in there. The layout of the Sayer freight yard has now been settled, an exercise made more interesting by having eight right hand points but only one left hand point to work with, and track is starting to go down. Both Sayer and Mousehole await the turntables that Greg has foolishly offered to assemble.
That's all, folks - see you in the Spring (that's next week).