Terminal Belt Railroad – Industrial district at Bury St Edmunds 2017 show

Thamesiders MRG member Mike Meadows will be exhibiting his Terminal Belt Railroad – Industrial District layout at the Bury St Edmunds Model Railway Club 2017 exhibition on September 9th at

Thurston Sixth, Beyton Campus, Drinkstone Road
Beyton
Bury St Edmunds
IP30 9AA

Please come and say hello to Mike and the operating team.  We are always open to new members, please ask the team for more details of our current projects.

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Esex Belt Lines – First operations Day

The EBL team held the first formal operations session at the June meet. The team used the recently commissioned CTC signalling system, a full suite of prototype style train order paperwork to authorise movements and for some trains car cards and waybills to direct the movement of individual rail vehicles.

This was a challenging but enjoyable day. it did highlight some development needs to help us achieve the best from the layout, these will be developed as we run more operations sessions.

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Alexandra Palace 2017

The Thamesiders MRG attended the London Festival of Model Railways at Alexandra Palace with the Essex Belt Lines in its largest setup so far.

The EBL was setup as an 38′ x 15′ oval with a 75′ long branchline which split into two to feed two small staging yards. Thamesiders wish to thank Peter Lloyd-Jones, Dan Spalding and Pete Colton for offering their modules to add to the Thamesiders layout setup.

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Alexandra Palace 2017 – EBL invited

The Thamesiders HO scale layout, the Essex Belt Lines has been invited to attend the London Festival of Model Railways at Alexandra Palace on 25th and 26th march 2017.

This is the first public outing with the new signalling system operational.

We will be joined by modular model railroading friend with some Freemo modules operating as a branchline from the EBL layout.

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Signalling Project Update

Since late 2014 the Essex Belt Lines has been upgraded to incorporate a full CTC signalling system, with dispatcher control of mainline turnouts using JMRI installed onto a Raspberry Pi 2. In addition to the signalling upgrade this also provides for wireless control of trains using the WiThrottle and Engine driver Apps for iOS and Android.

Upgrades include an accessory bus using a Sprog 3 to drive Harman DCC SC1 signal decoders, along with track occupancy and turnout position feedback using MERG DTC current based occupancy detectors and Heathcote Electronics IRDOT-1 modules connected to Littfinski Datan Technik (LDT) RS-16-O-B and Paco RS-8 feedback modules.

Some modules have been upgraded to use servos and Harman DCC SC2 decoders to control the turnouts.

The Terminal Belt Railroad module also incorporates a local control panel, in the style of a US&S panel, using the new Lenz LW150 input module

Further additions planned include local control panels, to ensure control is available when the computer is not running. To complete the upgrade to the entire layout plans are being drawn up to upgrade the staging yard to include DCC control of the turnouts, detection of track occupancy and signaled departure from all tracks.

Photographs and further details to follow.

 

For more information of the technology used in this project please see:

Harman DCC : http://signalist.co.uk/

JMRI : http://jmri.org/

WiThrottle : http://www.withrottle.com/WiThrottle/Home.html

Engine Driver : https://enginedriver.mstevetodd.com/

Sprog : http://www.sprog-dcc.co.uk/

LDT : http://www.ldt-infocenter.com/shop/en/Feedback-modules/RS-feedback-bus/

Paco RS8 : http://usuaris.tinet.cat/fmco/rs_en.html

MERG : http://www.merg.org.uk/

Heathcote Electronics : http://www.heathcote-electronics.co.uk/index.htm

 

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2015/2016 Meet Dates

2015/2016 Meet Dates

21st November, Frating, Work and operating session, first operating session under dispatcher control.

12th December Hatfield Peverel, Christmas Social (AGM and Lunch)

16th January, Frating, Layout Maintenance session

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Module details updates

Details of Boyd French’s Essex Ethanol module updated.

Details if Tom Fisher’s Peverel module and Patrick Grace’s Warner module added to the Essex Belt Lines.

Further photos to be added when these are available.

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2015 Meet Dates

The meet dates form January to April 2015 are:

  • 17th January
  • 21st  February
  • 21st March
  • 25th April (corrected 11th February)

All of these meets will be held at Frating.

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Website Update – published to thamesidersmrg.org.uk

The new site has been published to our main URL, www.thamesidersmrg.org.uk this evening, completing the replacement of the old e107 based website.

Pages for the Terminal Belt Railroad (TBR) and the TBR Industrial district are complete with other module pages in progress by the various owners and builders. Look out for further content over the coming weeks.

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Website Update

Welcome to the Thamesiders MRG’s new and upgraded online presence.

 

The website has moved from the e1097 CMS to the much more popular and easier to use Woordpress system. The site will be tweaked and upgrade over the next few weeks.

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