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Fremon30 today

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

No pictures today as I was only working on the boards. Pins pushed below the surface and holes filled on side trims. Baseboard tops all screws filled.

Two boards done. Not as long as yesterday in garden to do this. Sanding to do next, then other two boards to do the same too.

Still thinking about track plans for boards 3 and 4. Track plan 3 is looking the faviorite.

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Fremon30 boards 3 and 4

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Tonight I set up boards 3 and 4. These will have a small depot with a  couple of loops and sidings. Trouble is I cannot decide about the track plan.

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Which one one do you like





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Fremon30 boards update

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

This afternoon I worked on the first two boards for the modular layout.


This is is the first board with the gapmasters been glued in place.

what cannot be clearly seen is that all the tracks and clearances are marked on the board.


The centre track in place.


The  second track in place. This hasn’t got gap masters at the ends. I will use normal copper clad sleepers.

imageThe third track fitted, that’s one side down. Ply fascia still to add to this board and the next one.


The fourth track is added. The gap between tracks is the maximum loading gauge and is set using a standard on30 loading gauge.



Thats the the fifth and final track added. I have pre drilled holes for each rail 75mm in from each end. This will allow each rail to be connected twice to the DCC bus line fitted to the underneathimage.

To make the rails straight I used a long spirit level.


The second board was then added and the markings carried across. Gapmasters were added to the centre line track.



The he first point was then added and tracks linked up. The centre track is not fitted, just laid into rough position. I will need to order the three way point and may need to build a short extension board for this all to fit.



A good afternoons work. Hopefully I have enough turnouts and track to do the other 2 modules. I will check this one evening this week.



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FremOn30 modular boards

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

More work done on the FremOn30 modular layout boards.
1 board is complete with side fascia’s
1 board is complete waiting side fascia’s
2 boards end trim to cut and fascia’s to add


One set of end boards is made and one pair of boards are now boxed.

All boards have copper tape added for the DCC bus for track and another DCC bus for accessory’s


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The RFLC, now has a trading arm to help support your DCC needs

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

The RFLC is now trading, please go to

We offer DCC and support services here in the UK

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FremOn30 Boards started

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Yesterday I started building 4 baseboards for the new FremOn30 modular layout


This shows the standard FremOn3o end.

The board is built with 3 x 1 planned timber sides and end panels made from Ply by Tim Horn


We have got Tim to add rebates for pattern makers dowels

Before the centre section is glued in place I will add 4 rows of slug tape, 2 for the DCC track Bus and 2 for the DCC accessary Bus.


This will make wiring these boards very easy, with only short wire droppers needed.

Two boards will form a scenic fiddle yard. the other two will form a small passing depot, as yet unnamed.

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RFLC NEWS April 2015

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Please see attached link to my news letter


RFLC news April 2015


I am doing this after each operating session

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RFLC dispatcher area

Monday, March 16th, 2015

A while back I moved the dispatcher area to the new modelling table. This was to give more room and to stop the dispatcher holding up turning moves.


With the move I have added CCTV to the room, as the Dispatcher cannot see all the Railroad and multiple screens to the PC. This will allow the dispatcher to see the train schedule and keep an eye on other info.image

I have a screen for points, roster and trains. The last screen shows slot monitor, Withrottle and panel pro


I use JMRI to run the Railroad. The Drivers have iPhones and connect using Withrottle. This then means the drivers are free to move with their train.

imagePoints are also controlled on the iPhones, if they are electric. There are some 65 point numbers for the driver to use, some of which are crossings with 2 points. There are a total of 85 points on the Railroad.image

the modelling area needs to be cleared!


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Work on the railroad 15th March 2015

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Spent a few hours in the shed today working on the railroad.
The Highline now has a passing loop at Wiggum Creek. The shelf was widened and track laid. Electrics added and test train ran through.
7 Kadee track magnets were added and glued in place. Need to add markers to each, to ease uncoupling.
The run round loop head shunt at Simpson’s Peak was extended by 6″ this will allow even the biggest engine to use the head shunt. It will also be used for the lift up section.
The lift up section woodwork was tidied up so that it passes Bouviers Peak. This still requires more work before track is laid.
When complete this will give the line a second continuous loop, the other been the high Line.
Below is a shed plan, the dark blue is the high line.



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Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Upcoming Shows and Exhibitions



 Bouviers Peak

East Grinstead Exhibition 15th & 16th March 2014


Bouviers Peak

The London Festival of Modelling

Alexandra Palace

22nd & 23rd March 2014

Burns Junction

Narr-O 2014


16th August


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