Sunday 30th September was a true milestone day for the model railway society. After some years of creative, craft and technical endeavor the society’s largest and latest layout was assembled for its first comprehensive test in the village hall. So what is so special about the layout? For a start it is large, very large (30’ x 12’), over two thirds the length of the hall and about half its width. The model trains that will run on it are ‘OO’ gauge, 4mm to the foot scale , that is the same size as the models in a Hornby train set however, the important difference is that the models will all be to a very accurate fine scale standard and run on many yards of precision scale hand-built trackwork including the electrical conductor rail seen on our local mainline. In places the layout has 14 tracks and also accomodates complex pointwork to enable trains to be switched from one track to another. And just to complete an already complicated project the whole layout digitally controlled with train on track detection and fully working colour light signals, just like the real thing. Everything came together and worked well during the test. There is still alot of development work to be done to complete the scenic aspects. Some of the buildings will be CAD drawn by club members and produced on their home laser cutters and 3D printers. We will also be computerising two of the four lines so hands free running of trains can take place as operator cover during lunch breaks at exhibitions. So when will you be able to see it running? Unfortunately, not until some time in 2020, but you can follow progress on the club’s Facebook page and website, but in the meantime you can look forward to visiting our next exhibition in the village hall during the second weekend in January 2019. We look forward to meeting you.
MARTIN COOMBS – Project Coordinator
The first Sunday in October saw the latest edition of the autumn model rail show in the Village Hall. This show specialises in large scale model railways – G Scale – and there were three layouts on hand to entertain the visitors.
There was a very pleasing turnout with around 85 people attending and this included a good proportion of families and children. In addition to enjoying the trains in action, refreshments were on hand throughout the day from bacon rolls in the morning to tea and cake in the afternoon.
The day provided a good opportunity to get some ideas for possible home layouts, whether in the garden or indoors and for those who wanted to go a bit further, the sales stand did a healthy trade.
This autumn show has become something of a regular fixture at the Hall and already planning has started for 2019. Watch the website for further details
newsletter autumn 2018
Read the next edition of the Village Newsletter for Autumn 2018. Including meeting your Ward Councillor Angela Page and an update on Broke Hill.
Just seen this recruitment poster outside my house! Could local organisations, such as daramatic societies, please note that you can advertise free of charge on this website! Just contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ODMRS will hold a Model Railway Society exhibition on 12 & 13 January between 10am & 5pm at the Pratts Bottom Village Hall. Further details on the society’s new web site
G Scale Society – Kent Local Area Group
Sunday 7 October 2018- 11.00 am to 4.00 pm
Pratts Bottom Village Hall
At least 3 large scale model railway layouts and sales stand.
All are welcome
Admission; adults £2.50 Children £1.00
The excellent Pratts Bottom newsletter, edited by Laura Dimbleby, is available here for download:
Pratts Bottom Newsletter March 2018
Previous editions of the newsltter are available here.