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Report No.5     11th October 2016

At the Ampthill Get-together meeting on 3rd September, the sale of some resin buidings plus a coffee mug, raised 120GBP for the fund, bringing the total raised to just under 4GBP short of our intial target of 1500GBP. Since then there have been a few other donations, including 50 Pounds sent from the USA, by a generous well-wisher, who would have liked to have been in a position to assist with the construction.

On the 12th September, the construction team met to review the progress and discuss the way forward.

Out of that meeting arose the final specification for the baseboard units, towards which Ian Turner has been beavering away for several months to produce the sub-structure support components.

Turnout and signal control: After considerable debate on the merits of mechanical versus electronic control, it was eventually ageed that a Megapoints digital controller (powering servo motors) would be employed and Ken Cottle (who has constructed and donated the six turnouts for the scenic section) has generously offered to donate the required digital control board.

By way of explanation, in order to keep the base units to a manageable width (1 metre), the scenery at the front and rear of the layout will be on separate "shelf" units, attached to the main boards after assembly at an exhibition. The trackwork is confined to the 1 metre width boards to avoid unnecessary cutting of rails.

Richard Toplis has generously offered to construct and supply, at his own expense, the  boards for the scenic (shelf) extensions, which will extend the overall layout width (front to back) to 1610mm.

Tim Dearman is working on the signals and is assisting with other scenic aspects.

Meanwhile, I have been churning out resin buildings (some of which you will have seen in the recent Society Newsletter) both for use at Peterborough and for sale, to raise funds for the project.

There is still a considerable amount of design and assembly work to be done and Roy Horrocks and Ted Sadler will be working with me on construction over the winter months.

John Candy