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Camdor Freemo Model Train Group
« on: November 07, 2019, 10:17:35 AM »
The Chamdor Freemo Group is a splinter Group of GFG Model Railroaders that have created a new Club, to build and operate using the Freemo Modular design principles. The Group has a permanent home for its modules located in a Factory in Chamdor.

The Pensioners usually meet every Tuesday and Saturday with the still working members every Saturday. The group has an operating session one Saturday a month. The  remainder of the time is spent on building new modules or scenery on existing. The aim is to have scenery completed on all  modules already built by year end. A number of new modules are planned for next year.

The group has close to 200 modules and running length of 200m.

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Re: Camdor Freemo Model Train Group
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2019, 10:47:59 AM »
Nice! Now, while I am sounding a bit dof, where is Chamdor? Tell us a bit more of where, what to do and how to join.

Also GFG Model Railroaders and maybe a bit more about Fremo too. I for one have a small idea of what Fremo is but as an N scaler i went Ntrak rather than Fremo.
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Re: Camdor Freemo Model Train Group
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2019, 11:38:09 AM »
Hi,

very interesting.
More photos please and tell us more.

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Re: Camdor Freemo Model Train Group
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2019, 12:36:26 PM »
In 2016 the Chamdor Freemo Group (CFG) was started by a couple of breakaway GFG members, Dave Flockhart and Wolf Loob, who decided that a more permanent layout setup and ongoing operations were more desirable, and thus a fixed location was sought. 
Permanent space was rented at a factory in Chamdor on the western side of Johannesburg. The floor space made available is 1400 m2 of which the current set-up of modules utilises 800 m2 of space.

Over time, other members of GFG decided to rather setup and operate at Chamdor than setup only during school vacations, contributing their modules to the Chamdor layout, resulting in the current size of the set-up. Subsequently the two groups have informally joined forces but to a less strict regime that initially undertaken by GFG as per the standards designated below.

THE LAYOUT
The modules currently incorporated into the layout include the following:
   three staging yards each approximately 7m in length, located at the end of three branch lines. On occasions, one is utilised as a Division Point;
   one return loop 4m in diameter, located at the end of another branch line. This loop also contains two sidings with industries and three passing/storage loops;
   ten largely industrial yards, averaging 7m in length;
   an 1890 Fort Bragg (with some poetic licence);
   various junctions, crossings, straight and curved modules, including three modules with trestle bridges;
   nine straight planks with limited scenery to create extra running distance (approximately 28m); slowly being replaced with standard modules;
   four modules with turntables located at the end of branches.

The layout currently comprises close to 200 modules with an approximate running length of 200m. The design is based on a typical single track, class one railroad with eight branch lines running in different directions. The operating design and track plan are based on end-to-end running (not continuous), with yards or specifically designed junction modules to facilitate switching of trains from one branch line to another. There are in excess of 290 freight cars on the layout, as well as 15 passenger cars. Each freight car on the layout has a Car Card plus a pocket for incorporating a four-position Waybill listing routes and set-outs. 

OPERATIONS
Operating sessions are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Before any operation commences, each crew, comprising an engineer and a conductor, are required to familiarise themselves with the overall arrangement of yards and stations, making a sequence list, if necessary. They should also note the lengths of the passing sidings in relation to the length of their train. If sufficient members are available, crews could be assigned trains from any station operating as a turn/way-freight. They should make up their train based on the cars and the waybills in the yard, and block as appropriate before departure.

Once a train arrives at a yard the crew must examine the "Pick-ups" and "Empties" car-cards of the cars in the yard to see if they can add any to their train after making their "Set-outs", bearing in mind the length of their train and the length of subsequent passing loops. The maximum train length that can be accommodated is ten cars excluding the caboose.

Once a car has been set out, the crew must turn the waybill over to display the next sequential movement.  Any set-outs at yards without passing loops should only be done for trailing turnouts/sidings. This will result in leaving part of the train on the main line while switching the yard.  All pick-ups on the trailing turnouts/sidings should then be removed (if one has sufficient space in one’s train) including those going in the opposite direction. They should be dropped off at the next yard and their car-card turned over to display the next sequential movement.

On departure from a yard the crew must ensure that no cars are left on the main or passing siding, and that all car-cards are in the correct box.Operating sessions are sometimes scheduled by assigning all crews with an approximate departure time in an attempt to eliminate crowding or congestion of yards and stations. All trains operate as "Extras" with no classification initially. Priority trains, such as the few passenger trains, operate to a time table, and the "Extras" will have to observe classification rules.

Before leaving any yard or station, the train crew of an "Extra" must get clearance from the despatcher. On arrival at a yard or station the crew must advise the dispatcher of their arrival time. At this stage no written train orders are made, only verbal orders. All communication is limited to the minimum.  All trains should have a trailing caboose when moving between yards or stations.
In a single operating session, it is impossible for a single crew to operate more than two of the branch lines. The layout size allows for 8 crews to operate comfortably without impacting each other or creating undue delays.

All waybills have been setup to ensure adequate flow of cars to and from industries and yards without creating storage problems in yards. All industries have a “to” and “from” so that empties are always being returned to a manufacturer or mine etc., and do not accumulate at the industry. Standard whistles or horns are used when required, including a ringing bell when approaching a grade crossing or a passenger depot or when reversing.

The following speed limits are to be observed at all times on the layout:
In yards           15mph (approx 12 secs/metre)
Outside yards   25mph (approx 8 secs/metre)

Cars may not be coupled at a speed in excess of 4mph (walking speed).

STANDARDS
Both groups of modellers have published standards of which most are similar barring a couple of minor deviances:
   Gauteng Freemo Group                           Chamdor Freemo Group
        Area         West of Mississippi (Mid-west)   USA and Canada
        Period     1950 -1979                                   Any era
        Track       Peco code 83                           Peco, Atlas, Roco etc code 83 or 100

The remainder of the standards are the same with no compatibility issues between modules, as both groups use a standard end-plate design.

The Digitrax DCC system is used as the standard control system with sufficient connection points in modules for UT4, DT100/200 throttles allowing smooth operating.






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Re: Camdor Freemo Model Train Group
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2019, 01:21:32 PM »
WOW, this is AWESOME  :thumb: :biggrin:

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Re: Camdor Freemo Model Train Group
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2019, 02:46:05 PM »
Some more Pics

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Re: Camdor Freemo Model Train Group
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2019, 02:49:17 PM »
And some more

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Re: Camdor Freemo Model Train Group
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2019, 11:01:02 AM »
Love it. This is reminiscent of the oNetrak design for N scale. Love the length you guys can run.

Great setup! Well done!

Have you guys looked at the Digitrax LNWI modules? Love the smartphone / tablet connection!
For long you live and high you fly
And smiles you'll give and tears you'll cry
And all you touch and all you see
Is all your life will ever be

BREATHE
Dark side of the moon
Pink Floyd 1973