This year work has concentrated on getting the extension, Faugham Hill Pottery, ready for the Club Exhibition that was held at the Saltney Community Centre on Saturday & Sunday 23/24 September 2017.
The pottery is set in the Stoke-On-Trent area in the 1960s. Originally canal served it had later developed a rail connection with the Stoke-Crewe line. It is the latter days of narrow boat usage china clay being brought from Weston Point docks. Coal and bone is brought in by rail and canal and the finished pots carried out by both.
The layout will be exhibited at Bala show, organised in aid of the Bala Lake Railway, on May 26th-28th
The layout has been built to allow it to be used as either a standalone layout consisting of three boards (as seen here) or as a two board extension to the main, 4 mm section, Faugham Hill static layout, housed at the club house
The boards have been built with portability in mind (1220x713x150 mm) and all three are the same design with legs folding into the board's underside.
When the layout is operated as a standalone layout it is DCC operation only and on code 75 track.The points on the two main boards are operated using Cobalt slow motion point motors controlled from a manually switched control panel.
To enable simple and reliable uncoupling, sets of two suitably spaced permanent magnets were installed at strategic locations. This required any stock being used to have ferrous metal, in the form of staples, attached to their couplings.
The canal water was achieved using multiple coats of varnish on top of a suitably murky brown base coat. To raise the land section of the scenery above the canal the boards were covered with cork on top of polystyrene giving an overall height of about 10mm.
To provide illumination an LED lighting rig was made from Aluminium angle, which is quick to erect and dismantle.
This picture shows the assembly before the LED strips were installed.
These pictures were taken shortly before the exhibition and illuminated by the LED strip lights.
These pictures were taken during the exhibition.
The canal and narrow boats attracted a lot of attention.