24th August 2016

With the exhibitions  at Taunton and Warley rapidly approaching, the afternoon session saw work start on The Summit to move the outside track starter signal further along the board.  This will give us more space for reversing into the lay-by siding without passing the signal to do so.  The outer scenic board by the bridge needs to be removed so we can relocate the inner track starter too. An obvious dip in the outer track was raised, and that will be the last track adjustment until after Warley.

Holly Junction continues to develop. Capability Brown was seen sculpting polystyrene for the landscape – but where did all the polycrumbs go?

A short on the 3 rail test track nearly had disastrous consequences for testing locos prior to purchase. Fortunately the short was isolated and the locos tested on good track. Dave S will bring this terrible occurrence to the attention of the committee for immediate action in finding and fixing the short. Is he biased; how can you possibly think that?

Canal 040Yep, it’s a mine; so someone knew that YMRG were in the area!  Should anyone want to see more of the 2016 YMRG Canal Cruise (and Paddington Bear), photos courtesy of Simon the new cabin boy can be found here.

10th August 2016

ts_fettlingWork started on fettling the errant track work at the front of the The Summit. Bob A had marked out those areas of concern on the inner track so we started with one of them. Very hot water soon had the ballast soft enough to manipulate. Three areas were softened and corrected.

Assessing the success of the repairs required some serious train watching…

ts_fettling2Keith then used his ‘tablet’ to film the train going along the outer track which gave us a better idea of where to fettle. At this point we decided that there was too much to change and the decision was taken to leave the outer track as is, fix only major items on the inside track and relay the track after the Warley show and before the East of England one in 2018.

Work continued on Heyno Junction with the repairing of one corner board, the removal of as many screws as possible from the track base so that it can be machine planed before we can start laying cork.   Simon was ably(?) assisted by a limping chairman claiming a sports injury – supposedly!

The youth section commandeered South Junction for a serious running session, whilst Rich continued his road building program on Holly Junction where there is a rumour of a motorway extension.


3rd August 2016

An eventful day which began with Dave S departing to repatriate the three rail train set with newly upgraded through station.  Judging by the pictures a wonderful layout, Sir Frank would be ‘chuffed’.  Well done!

Our birthday guest arrived and was shown around with Summit, Gasworks and other layouts all running trains.  He seemed to enjoy his visit, a possible associate member?

The workshop screen was re-erected and after maneuvering the Heyno Junction boards the scenic profiles were noisily trimmed to BobA’s approval. The two halves were re-attached and the layout levelled. Until we get more plans we will level out the track beds etc.

The front scenic boards on TS were removed for track/ground signalling upgrading in preparation for appearances later this year at Taunton RailEx in October and Warley in November.  No pressure, but all tasks will need to be completed more quickly than the real thing can manage!