Saturday, May 25, 2013

Saturday morning

(This column fueled by pink cream buns from round the corner mmmmmmmm)

Its a pondering time here this morning. mainly around the convention and associated thoughts.

First up I would like to encourage everyone to go (its Hamilton I know but...) and bring along a model to enter in the competitions. you may not think its that good, but others may have a different opinion. The gentleman who won the John Rappard trophy last year didn't think he would do so well.

The old ghost of 'should we try to organise a modular layout for the convention' rumbled out again last week, rattling its end plates. I know its a pet hobby horse of mine, and I feel I should be driving/flogging it more. However its a lot more difficult given the fragmented nature of the NZ120 population. last century there were strong pockets of NZ120 modelers in Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington. Today I would guess that apart from the Bay of Plenty there are not really any strong groups of more than 2 (please prove me wrong).

One thing we will have to sort out is if people want to build a roundy-roundy type layout, an end to end with turning loops, or a staging to staging type layout.

Eventually, I really want to see something along these lines. I know its not everyone's cup of tea, but it would be fun.


NZ120 said...

When is the hamilton convention?

sxytrain said...

Easter 18-21 April 2014.
Have spent today doing the alingnment pins on my 4 modules and getting the joining up sorted on my own modules. Besides some up coming shows my layout will be at convention.

Michael said...

So where are the larger groups of nz120 modellers based now?

Motorised Dandruff said...

Are we measuring in head count or by mass?

Michael said...

Depends. How many pink cream buns did you have from round the corner?

CaptainCarbon said...

Regarding a large layout of modules at a gathering/show, how would it be operated? Just pick a train and drive it somewhere, crossing other trains as you go? Or a simple timetable/sequence? Or something more elaborate like a "switch list"?

Motorised Dandruff said...

My thoughts would be that its up for the group operating at that particular get together.

0-4-4-0T said...

If we have just 5-6 modules then, with turning modules (that have sidings) on each end, it would basically be end to end continous running. Trains would change whenever operators felt like running another train, swapping for one in a siding. MMW is building some end turning modules.

cabbage said...

Russell can we connect up between your layout and any of the MMW modules.
I'm working on the turning modules which have 3 siding 1200mm or so long
the idea is to be able run as many through modules as you can get between these.
Would be great to have a good presence to showcase NZ120 as the scale of the future KiwiRail