A backscene

The first view of Tŷ’n-y-Coedcae’s backscene. Lighting needs to be applied and if we can raise it a bit I think it’ll look better – the horizon could be a bit higher.

Here’s the aluminium frame in pieces, on the left and below (I hope) erected.

looking west
looking east

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Tar Works wall and a PBV

Wagonman’s progress is unrelenting – he has just started on an ex-NER Passenger Brake Van based on a D&S kit.

Tke long-running saga of the Tar Works wall is approaching its denouement having been stuck down. We probably need a little more to show of the works itself now. Out of shot Paul 🥇 was painting the fascia, MrC was assembling cassettes as well as continuing with the GBV and Luke was preparing the name baord.

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Brake Progress

Away from the clubrooms Mr C pressed on with the ADR brake van, adding detail to the ends. Then the internal partitions were completed with doors and handles.

The two L shaped sections were the tried together to complete the box and the alignment was very good. After soldering together the partitions were slide down in place and fitted after a little trimming. The body is pretty rigid and square.

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LBH snuck into the clubrooms again and laid the short length of track into the Goods Shed and disda bit of ballasting.

He also completed assembling the ground frame (although he managed to break one of the levers). Need to paint one lever blue and one white now.

Progress with the ADR goods brakevan.

After a few failures it was possible to bend the handrails reasonably accurately and solder in place.

Later on the duckets were fitted and all handrails too. That leaves door handles on the sides and lamp brackets on the ends

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A quiet night in terms of numbers attending but nevertheless good progress made. MrC worked on a Goods Brake Van in Scaleseven (really enjoying all those handrails) and our Wizard painted the sleepers and chairs on the new track for the Goods Shed. Fred uses a combination of four colours (in this instance) to get the variations in hue found in chairs – a tin of ‘track colour’ is not the same thing!

Elsewhere LBH worked on a ground frame for Tŷ’n-y-Coedcae and Andrew J on a signal box for Lyne Road

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It’s hut work

The newly applied timbers to the back of the hut needed staining to represent the preservative applied. Once that wall was done the others needed further stain too so they blended in.

The resin hut just needs the window fitted. It took longer to find the glazing than to clean up and prime the framing. It can be fitted next session, and then perhaps a bit more colour on the brickwork at the back.

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Tŷ’n-y-Coedcae Goods Shed

Away from the clubrooms TAFKATYS is beavering away on a Goods Shed for Tŷ’n-y-Coedcae and, to help with laying things out in an area where real estate is at a premium he provided LBH with the footprint, which was then transferred onto an Amazon card envelope. In the accompanying images the card indicates the outline of the shed and the position on the track has been drawn on it.

The buffer stop on the middle line is to be removed to provide rail access into the shed (this was always the plan) but there is a pinch point between the corner of the goods shed and the buffer stop on the other siding. Our eagle-eyed chairman noted that the buffer stop earmarked for removal was a bit shorter than its neighbour. So by transferring the short buffer stop over and removing three sleepers of track from the siding the pinch point was eased and the three-wagon capacity could be retained (just!). Hurrah!

Here’s the result of the night’s changes with the footprint the shed no longer impinging on the fiddle yard board, the rule is on the line of the track that will be laid into the shed and the buffer stop is fixed in its new position. LBH is happy with the outcome but unfortunately rather nice short lengths of wall and fence had to be removed.

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Tŷ’n-y-Coedcae update

 Paul🏅had been doing sterling work building the fascia and lighting enclosure for Tŷ’n-y-Coedcae.

Our resident Wizard has been steadily painting the chairs over several weeks; this view contrasts favourably with that of the grey chairs on New Year’s Day.

Also to be seen here are ground surface work and the new wooden boundary fence.

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