It looks like we could be on the move again.
The owner of the hanger that we are in at Great Yeldham has applied for planning permission for housing.
To that end we have just purchased another modular building 140` x 42`.
We thought if we are going to move we may as well go for a bigger building.
Half of the building will be for the EARM to use as classrooms showers and toilets.
We will have an exhibition room 30ft x 18ft which will be open to the public whenever the museum is open. A club room 60ft x 18ft with a large club layout + a full lenth O gauge layout, a kitchen 10ft x 18ft, a work room 20ft x 18ft fitted with work tops cuboards and tools, a 10ft x 18ft room for members to bring their own layouts to work on and one other room 10ft x 18ft for a library and computer room.
We have planning and building regs. permission for our new club house.
The club house is half of a 140' x 42' building on the East Anglian Railway Museum at Chapel and Wakes Colne Station.
The building will be moved on it's foundations on the 11 August 2015.
We are planning to open a permanent display room 30' x 18', a 10' x 18' kitchen come club room, a 60' x 18' club room and then we have three rooms at 18' x 10 which we may or may not put together to make a work room of 30' x 18'
A lot of work has to be done on the new building ie rewiring knocking down walls ect.
We are keeping the present club house at Great Yeldham for the present as not every one will want to be envolved in the refurbishmet of the new building.
If you think that you would like to be envolved in this exciting new project plese use the contact form with your details and we will get back to you.
The move did not go ahead as planned as the contractors had got the foundations wrong.
The foundations have now been put right but we don't have a date for the move as the contractor has to find the cranes and lorries again for the move.
Hopfully we will be in in the middle of September.
Then the work starts.
Planning permission for the present site has been approved for housing so it looks like we have done the right thing in getting the new building at Chapel.
The first units of our new club house arrived on site today at long last. The contractors had a few teething problems namely the ground work contractors had got the measurements of the landing pads wrong.
With a bit of jiggery pokery it was sorted out and when I left the site at lunchtime two units where in place.
Hopefully by the end of tomorrow all the 14 units will be in place.
Next week we are hopefully going to complete the rewiring. This is an important element as this enables us to get a cup of tea. The members refuse to do any work with out it.
Things did not go as planned as the the landing pads where still wrong. The first six units had to be moved again so that we could adjust the landing pads.
Finally the units where put in place on Friday 16th.
Work commenced today to clear out the rubbish and start work on the electrics.
We have sold our other club house and that should be moved in the next few weeks.
For a while our Monday nights meetings will have to be in a pub (what a shame).
Why not come along and be a builder instead of a model railway club member as this will be the norm for the foreseeable future.
Many hands make light work.
Work has commenced on the refurbishment of the new building with up to10 members working on the building three days a week.
All the plasterboard that needed coming off has now been removed and the studwork walls that needed removing have come down.
New doors have been fitted and other doors have been taken off and filled in with plaster board.
The electrics have been started by Steve who is a signal man so works full time. He comes along when he can.
We had a slight problem with the floor as when the units were located three had missed the landing pads in the middle. This envolved us cutting holes in the floor and jacking the building up and new landing pads fitted. We are also having to completely replace the floor and joists in what will be the kitchen. Work which we could have done without.
If the work carries on at this pace we should have a fully usable building by the spring 2016 and finished by the summer.
All the work has been completed and we have been functioning as a fully working club since spring 2016.
The "O" gauge layout has been extended to 60ft and is of exhibition standard.
The "OO" gauge layout has been joined to the gasworks to make a layout of 60ft with a 40ft tramway included.
Work is commencing on a "N" gauge exhibition layout
The 10` x 18` room which was going to be used for members layouts is now a work room with storage for timber and all the tools. This is classed as a dirty room as we have a electic saw and is used to cut the timber for the layouts.
The larger work room 20 x 18 is classed as a clean room as it is used to build new layouts and buildings ect
All the bits a pieces that we need to build layouts is housed in fully fitted cuboards with work tops
The library/ computer room is fully fitted out with computer, printer, library, sittees and arm chairs.This makes it a very restfull room to work and study in
Latest news 10/03/2019
The club house is being remodelled again to accomodate the larger O gauge layout.
The work room and office are now the O gauge layout room.
A small store has been built at the end of the former office.
The office and layout building rooms have moved to the main club room.
All this gives the O gauge a large enough space to do a roundy roundy.
Lots of work being done on Branstead Quay and Halstead is being worked on again, abet slowly.
Why not pop along to see what's going on.
We are open every Thursday and all event days at the museum.We also have a sales stand of second hand railways + dvds all at very competive prices.
New station at top of field
First unit arriving
The second unit with the club layout inside. This had to be done as the layout would not fit through the doors.
The first unit being craned in. Note the club layout waiting to be put in the second unit.
Studwork walls with plasterboard removed.
The club room with all the walls removed. Note all the fiberglass bats. These were in the partition walls.
Base for new building
Picture taken from new station at the top of the field
80 Tonne crane used to lift the buildings in place
The plasterboard has been taken off.
All the studwork had a lot of screws which had to be removed prior to be taken down.
The exhibition room in a sorry state.
We have put a door in from the entrance lobby, filled in two more doors and moved one door for a fire escape.
Alan one of the committee member thinking he is on "You been framed"
Steve who is doing the rewiring posing as usual.
The other end of the corridor with Martin looking to see if the wall joins the ceiling 28.01.16
The new kitchen with a serving hatch
What will be the work room 27.01.16
The work room with a very noisy Gordon fitting the buttress 28.01.16
The corridor looking towards the entrance 28.01/16
Club room 28.01.16. Most of the new plasterboard has been fitted.
Exhibition room with the ceiling ready for painting 28.01.16. Note the new window.
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