2. Having agreed a design the wood was purchased and delivered and building
commenced in October 2014. The first two sections were made by experienced members so
that they could check that they fitted together okay.
3. Once the small group of experienced members were satisfied that their diagrams and
plans could be put into practice as planned, other members began to get involved and were
either taught how to build and construct more baseboard sections or were taught how to
build the legs which would support the structure. Many novice and junior members learned wood working skills for the first time and were taught about the importance of measure, the priority was buying the building materials and track to construct the layout. This means measure and measure again before cutting.
4. By February 2015 all the sections were complete and the test track layout could be assembled in approximately 20 minutes by two of the young members under supervision. The surfaces were then painted and varnished so, again, several members including the younger members were able to participate.
5. Following a pause in March 2015 when the Club organises a major model railway exhibition, it was time to start laying track on the surface of the base boards. Diagrams of O gauge track were printed from a computer programme and laid on the surface so that all members could learn about plotting out a track circuit to ensure the curves are correct. O gauge track, being the largest is put on the outer part of the circuit and once laid the OO track follows the same curves but is laid approximately 4 inches inside the O gauge and then the N gauge is laid last, again - it follows the same circle but a few inches inside. It is necessary to ensure that the tracks join where the baseboards join and again, several members, junior, novice and experienced, all worked together to share the track laying jobs.
6. By October 2015 the three gauges of track had been laid by a variety of members working together with and without supervision.
7. The next step is the wiring which requires coordination and junior and novice members learned how the electrical wiring system works, what colours of wire were being used where, and how to solder.
8. By February 2016 the wiring is complete and individual tracks are tested and working and a few members are starting to bring their locomotives and rolling stock from home to test out and show each other. The OO track is already proving the most popular gauge
9. Following the annual exhibition in March 2016, various members are starting to get the test track out on a regular basis and practice putting it up and taking it down without causing any damage to the track ends at the baseboard joints. It is fully working and depending on the controller, can be used for running digitally controlled trains (DCC) or analogue (DC) trains. This enables all members to benefit from using the test track layout and teaches members the pros and cons of both systems.
10. It has been agreed that the test track layout will be put up every other Wednesday so that members can bring stock from home to run on it. A diary has been devised so that if someone has a lot of trains to test or run for pleasure, they can book the session which pre-informs other members who is using the layout, for what and when.