About the blog

This rambling blog is about building a simple layout in HO, the available space is rather small but the prototype was not built on the grand scale, most rural stations were merely a curved loop and a siding, which is easy to replicate.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

New blog - Beaminster Road

When Pottendorf reaches the end of the line, it will be replaced by the permanent layout, Beaminster Road, that has lain dormant for a number of years.

Beaminster Road originally appeared on RMweb in January 2011 but all work ceased after the untimely death of Bill Jones, the co-builder. The layout was all but abandoned until a recent decision to pay tribute to Bill by completing it as originally planned, this is the story of its rebirth. 


Thursday, 4 October 2018

Change of ownership

As previously hinted elsewhere but now confirmed, I need another knee replacement, this time the right side. Having suffered the same procedure in 2016 on the left knee, it will take at least six months to recover. Subsequently Andy, my son, will take over Pottendorf until all current commitments are fulfilled.

 Andy, in charge at Didcot.

We look forward to meeting visitors at Rail-Ex, Taunton on 27/28 October

All further work on Grafenwalde has ceased, it is intended to return the layout to its former identity as Beaminster Road as I doubt if another German layout is really needed.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Adjustable cassette interface for Pottendorf

For the first two exhibitions, the cassette storage system did not work at all, the cause was the use of aluminium as the cassette tracks.  Replacement with brass has solved the problem.

When the cassette interface was replaced the opportunity was taken to replace the two tiny fixed screws with an adjustable machine screw, it allows both vertical and lateral adjustment.

The mechanism is hidden from the viewing public by a suitably positioned tree.