When we don’t go out much …

… we design ampersands for cross stitch …

… or tension rod bases for ribbing machines. The deep hole in the middle enabled me to bolt the piece of wood to the drill stand. I used this for the first time ever to ensure that the tension rod was vertical.

The tram …

… finally arrived on a slow boat from Hong Kong. I’ve mechanised it with sundry spare gears and Meccano. The item that arrived was only fit for running briefly by clockwork over a carpet.

It was necessary to add weights to balance the motor at the other end. The undercarriage just happened to be electrically isolated from the main chassis due to intervening paint in the fixing method. It was thus feasible to connect the motor between the main chassis with the pickup arm (which was all one piece electrically) and the undercarriage (which is in contact via the wheels with the tinplate track)

In order to stop the tram at each end of the track, those sections have been isolated with kebab sticks and will be connected to the middle section with diodes. Hence when the controller polarity is reversed the tram will run along the middle stretch and stop.

It will look better when the yellow metal wheels have been painted black.