Sunday, 10 December 2017

Club Meeting 10 December 2017

Hi All,

Every one knew it was a running day, except Geoff the Sec.  So he worked for a while, until he got fed up with that game.  Late in the day he borrowed the 80 Class to rumble around with a satisfyingly long rake of freight cars.  

First to hit the track was Paul with a new model of one of Britain's classic locos of the 19th century - the Dean goods.  A lovely little model, by Oxford (better known as makers of model cars),  this hauled a rake of battered, weathered wagons around until Paul deemed that it was now run in.  Then it was the turn of some equally battered and weathered 2-6-4 T to haul them around.  

Derek continued to solder wires here and there without causing very many shorts, and I was sorting out those freight cars that rolled freely from those that did not.  That done, Marco Porter was able to move enough of them to fill any given siding at Stanley Creek.    Geoff the Sec told me that the "stiff" ones are mostly 50 years old, and have not turned a wheel for the past 40 years.  "Fix it, dear Henry", etc.  

Jack ran his HO r/c battery powered diesel and, over tea, sought advice on how to do similar in G gauge.  He received advice, but I am not sure if it helped.  

Geoff the Pres had the impressive 2-10-0 "Evening Star" that flatters but to deceive.  The motor is actually in a rather lightweight tender that produced a lot of gear noise and wheelspin and very little forward motion when four lighted carriages were hooked on behind.  Similar problem to the freight cars - one carriage in particular was hard to drag because of high friction from the pickups that powered the lights.  In contrast, his little 0-4-2 T just purred around.  

Greg had a little video camera on a wagon that was being pushed around by some anonymous looking diesel of the BR persuasion, and Rod had a different BR diesel that put in a late appearance.  

George had a Southern Pacific F? diesel that struggled to haul 3 or 4 (should pay more attention) "heavyweight" passenger cars.  I attribute most of the struggle to dirty wheels on the loco that combined with every speck of dirt on the track to bring proceedings to a halt.  At least it did point out a few spots where glue had made its way onto the rails.  Earlier, the Dean goods had identified every main line point where the moving rail was not making adequate contact with the fixed one.  Diesels tend to bridge these gaps whereas 0-6-0s do not.  

Judy and Martin did not bring anything to run, but Judy unloaded flyers for the show to all who would take a few, and passed a pile of old club paperwork to Geoff the Sec, who is compiling a rational record of Club activities since our formation.  She also mentioned that the Show is now listed on a social website  so you are encouraged to visit that, make sure to get to end of the article and "like" it.

Don't forget to bring a spot of tucker next week, and we will have another laid back day of doing not a lot.


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