Narrow Gauge South 2020 Cancelled

The south of England’s premier narrow gauge exhibition. There will be upwards of 30 layouts in 3.5mm, 4mm, 5.5mm and 7mm, 8mm & 1:24 scale complemented by narrow gauge preservation groups such as the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, Corris Railway and Ffestiniog Railway.

The show will also play host to the AGM of the OO9 Society, the worlds largest 4mm scale narrow gauge modelling group, and is strongly supported by the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association. As in previous years both the OO9 Society and 7mm Narrow Gauge Association members sales stands will be in attendance and PECO will also be attending with a product display. Trade presence will be significantly increased with a wide range of specialist narrow gauge modelling suppliers. More details will be added here nearer the date of the exhibition.

Spring Module Meeting 2018

Following a chat among module owners in October last year, one of the comments made was that we don’t have any module meetings other than at exhibitions and sometimes it’d be nice to just play trains. So we came to an agreement with the Seaboard Southern club, as their secretary is also a member, to rent their club room a few times a year.

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Seaboard Southern Annual Exhibition 2017

On Saturday 30th September, the members of the Surrey & Sussex Black Sheep set up their largest modular layout to date, some 66′ or 20m around four sides of a room at the annual Seaboard Southern exhibition.

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Seaboard Southern Exhibition 2017

This is now official notification of the 2017 event, which the Frem0n30 Group will be attending. We’ll also have more modules to make up a longer and more interesting layout. We’ve been given a room so we’ll looking to bring specialist traders on board, including the 0n30 Depot.

Seaboard Southern Annual ExhibitionThe venue is The Charis Centre, West Green Drive, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 7EZ. The entrance to the car park is in Town Barn Road.

The times are 10:00 until 16:00

The costs are £5 Adults, Under 16’s free when accompanied by paying adult.

Seaboard Southern Annual Exhibition 2016

A train passes through Dampier MineSaturday saw six module owners and three additional engine drivers arrive at the annual Seaboard Southern exhibition to which we’d been invited. By the skin of our teeth, due to some gremlins, we had erected and tested more than 60′ of modules, our longest layout to date.

Operating was on a warrant basis, with two in operation, one each way between the fiddle yards and the central passing module. There were also sidings to shunt in each direction, adding to the operational interest. With a crew of eight, we were split into teams of four and operated an hour on with an hour’s rest. That made the day go very quickly.

A passenger train arrives at Stenning CreekStriking down was a lot quicker, with everything boxed up and ready to load within 45 minutes of closing time. Lots of things were learned, experiences gained, which means that the next outing will be even better than this.

Modular narrow gauge railway modelling is some much more fun than having a single layout, not least because it doesn’t have to be the same each time. It’s also great to be able to exhibit works in progress, so long as they are making progress.

We’re waiting for confirmation of the date for this event next year, when we’ll hopefully be doing it all again, bigger and better.

Seaboard Southern Exhibition 2016

After our inaugural showing of nine modules in an incomplete but operational state last year, we will be at the Seaboard Southern annual exhibition on Saturday 17th September 2016, this hopefully filling a room with 0n30 modular layouts and trade support.

Seaboard Southern Annual ExhibitionThe venue is The Charis Centre, West Green Drive, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 7EZ. The entrance to the car park is in Town Barn Road.

The times are 10:00 until 16:00

The costs are £5 Adults, Under 16’s free when accompanied by paying adult.

Working Day on the RFLC

Had 4 people turn up for the working day on the 23rd July. Jobs completed included track joints re-aligned on Simpson’s Peak. A new passing loop installed at Skinners Creek. The track all cleaned and most of it hoovered. Point numbers and magnet locations cheeked and any missing indicators replaced. he last job was some tree stump casting. IMG_1164

This work was all nearly complete before lunch, with just a few bits needing finishing after lunch. of the after lunch session was spent testing two FremOn30 modules that were brought along.IMG_1165

Work was also started on the low bridge after Bouviers Peak, but more strengthening work is needed to the ply boards for this to work better. Not sure if it will be a swing bridge or a lift bridge. Need to look into this.IMG_1167

As we were all busy working I forget to take many pictures, so only a few to add.IMG_1168


Making legs in bulk using a jig

Today’s activity was legs. Following a straw poll in our Facebook Group, we received orders for 26 legs. Module specifications dictate that individual modules should be freestanding, so each member should have one more set of legs than they have modules.

76 metres of 3″ x 1″ planed softwood was purchased at the local timber merchants, cut into kits of parts, chamfered and assembled using a purpose built jig. Ordering and making in bulk like this enables good savings to be made, and passed on to members of the group.

Modules finally named and ballasted

In other news, the dry weather today was exploited and my boards have received ballast! Davidson Crossing, Sunstone Creek, Balfern Curve and Inworth Curve are now drying in the shed.

In addition, the creek itself on Sunstone Creek has been cut out. This was done at a very rough 45° so that the bits removed could be stuck back under the boards to both reinforce them again and create the creek bed.

They’ll be packed down by about 5mm to create some depth, with a rivulet running along the mostly dried creek bed. That’s the plan anyway.

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Modules depths reduced to 100mm

Using a jig that I constructed last night from bits of wood in the shed, we have this afternoon reduced the depth of all the Tim Horn board kits in stock to 4″ from 6″, or 100mm from 150mm in modern money. One straight board has already been claimed. I’m keeping two of the corners. That leaves one straight board and two, maybe four, corners plus two pairs of ends up for grabs. It’ll be interesting to see who in the group grabs these. Sorry, but no photos for this update. The cutting jig, which was made from the top and one leg of a reclaimed chest of drawers, simply clamped each of the pieces tight up against a stop so that the Bosch PKS16 could cut off the excess in one pass.

Why the sporadic updates?

Ask any woman and the one thing that no man can do is multi-task. Who am I to argue with that apparent fact? Railway modelling comes way down the priority list when you have a family and updating a blog about railway modelling below that!

IMG-20151023-WA0001The simple fact of the matter is that I’ve been investing some time in updating the web site of the Frem0n30 group of which I am a founder member. This has entailed, in the last week, adding product purchase capability, promoting supporting traders, adding future exhibitions, updating fellow members, etc.

That doesn’t mean that I’ve gotten no modelling of my own done in the interim. I’ve been busy painting my Frem0n30 modules so that some progress is discernible before their next public outing. I hope to accomplish more but can’t promise at this stage!

Paul Martin of EDM Models

Paul Martin Facebook PhotoPaul has been trading as EDM Models at shows and as NG Trains on the web since May 1998.

As possibly the most approachable and knowledgeable specialist 0n30 trader in the United Kingdom, we’re glad to include Paul among our traders.

If you want to purchase On30 track, please see Paul’s Micro Engineering Track Page. Please note that our Standard specifies Code 83 on the mainline but that doesn’t stop you using the lighter Code 70 in your sidings.

As a parting tip, track is costly to post, due to its size. Paul is often at shows in the South East of England, so pre-order and collect, saving yourself valuable modelling tokens, or buy more track!

Painting the module boards

Another hiatus, another school holiday! Having put my Dear Lady Wife and Son / Heir on a plane to Slovakia for half-term, I was able to take the module boards out of the loft and treat them to a coat of paint.

The tops of the boards, up to the edge of the ballast, have been painted with a brown paint from Homebase, while the sides and ends have been painted with Rustin’s Blackboard Black purchased from Dunwoodys in Caterham.

four boards painted brown to the rail line

All four boards with brown paint to the edge of the area to be ballasted

Blackboard paint applied to straight boards

The two straight boards with their sides and ends painted blackboard black