There's a car park at the end of the access road just outside the track compound as well which we use. There's normally car parking all along the front of the 5 aside as well but unfortunately the pitch is being relaid and that is blocked off. The work was supposed to be finished by now but you know how council jobs are! This weekend though we can use the field next door which is pretty big and should provide more than ample parking.
I can get photos of the V2 anytime as it's a regular at the club. Is there anything you would particularly like photos of? Dave's going to run the V2 tomorrow. He didn't bring his lighting up kit today.
Nottingham's visitors rally was quite poorly attended today too, probably only half as many engines as usual. The forecast wasn't great but that doesn't usually put off many model engineers. Wonder why both events were down on support.
With the option of attending today or tomorrow I checked the weather forecast early this morning and decided to wait for tomorrow. With a 150 mile run each way it's much more relaxing to do it in the sun than in the rain so I hope to be there tomorrow morning towards lunch time.
A bit disappointing again today but the weather was glorious with a few more visitors than yesterday.
Barrie Purslow came from Warrington with his Duchess and ran for several hours. This was the first Duchess completed and had passed through several hands before Barrie acquired it and rebuilt it.
Geoff Elliot ran Dave Waldrams V2 all afternoon just to prove it does actually run (still needs a good clean though!)
It was good to meet Reg (RGR 60130), Ian (cplmickey), Ed (ejparrott) and wife Holly, and Dave (vulcanbomber) in person today. Thanks to everyone who came. Michael seemed pleased with the weekend and we all enjoyed it so we are thinking of holding it again next year. As the saying goes, large oaks from little acorns grow! (or something like that).
I really enjoyed my day out and meeting everyone. My thanks to the club for their hospitality and I hope this can become an annual event. Michael has produced some cracking designs for big powerful locomotives and it's great to see them together.
Hi John, Sorry for delay in replying, glad to see the pics from today, I have to say I quite like the V2 in it's used guise, it's very realistic! Photos of everything would be fantastic! But the tender is my first port of call, one thing I have wondered though is the centre big end, I can't see from the drawings how it's oiled, it looks not to be a split bearing and if it is there seems to be nothing to stop it moving in the big end itself, could Dave shed any light? I was planning on borrowing the big end from "Doncaster" Gutted I couldn't make it this weekend, these are the conversations I'd have loved to have had face to face. Looking forward to the next!!
Thanks to everyone down at the track today. Enjoyed my couple of hours, and with the sun and a really relaxed atmosphere it was a great morning. Not sure if I'll ever get round to building a Breeze design myself but the 2-4-2 tank sounds interesting, and in metric too so maybe one to encourage the younger members into the hobby (in fairness Michael seems to have a few of his designs in both metric and imperial but the tank engine would be a good starter loco I suspect).
I don't think I will ever build one of Michael's locos either but I'm very impressed with both him and his designs. From what I have seen they all run extremely well straight from the drawings and, unlike some, Michael is happy to help if you have a problem and will do his utmost to sort it as soon as possible. I've heard that if you find an error on one of his drawings he will correct it immediately and send a new drawing virtually by the next post!
Ben - Dave's going on holiday on Thursday so I won't see him until October but I'll ask him about the inside big end as soon as he's back. There's another V2 in the club now so I may be able to find out from the other owner. We had a bit of a discussion on the inside big ends for the Duchess. They are very hard to get at to oil and it seems Barrie cut a hole in one of the frame stretchers so that he could get a long nose oilcan to them! Waggy may be able to comment on that.