The Summit at Taunton Railex 2016

The Summit landed in Taunton courtesy of some very clever and consistent packing of a very full 7.5 tonne lorry.  Setup time about was about five hours:

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The show was busy throughout the two days.  Trains were run from crack expresses to long lumbering freight trains.  As well as the expected LMS and Midland Region services, there were a number of Eastern Region specials.  A Load Haul Class 60 with container and  ferry wagons also whistled by occasionally bringing things a bit more up to date.

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A Terrier with three horse boxes in tow that could have been on the run from Plumpton race course was occasionally seen.  Admittedly our trains are a bit of a mixture as dictated by our members wide interests – but standards may have dropped a little towards the end of two very long days:

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The Summit was well received by the many visitors to this very successful and enjoyable exhibition.  We were very pleased to win the Rail-Ex Taunton Cup for best layout as judged by the paying public, the Brian Winter Salver for best signalled layout and the Chairmans Shield as awarded by the SRMC chairman Jack Sully.

YMRG would like to thank the Somerset Railway Modellers Club for the kind invitation and the excellent hospitality at a brilliant venue where we were made most welcome.

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19th October 2016

Over the past few weeks the list of jobs needed to get The Summit ready for Taunton and Warley shows have been completed.  This afternoon the The Summit was dismantled and  packed ready for Taunton Railex this coming weekend.

The striking scenery for this very large layout is of lightweight construction and is hung from a spine of more substantially built track boards as can be seen below:

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The pictures show the large scenery boards loaded into stillages for transport, together with all the electrical kit a layout like this needs which even includes CCTV and screens for the operators to view the front from the fiddle yard.  Every scenery board is unique, and so are each of the stillages!

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Meanwhile work continues on the youth layout, with three boards completed.  Donations of both cash and material  are welcomed for this worthwhile project, and so far these have included a significant quantity of Peco pointwork.

More Hornby three rail was in evidence with a smart Hornby Type 1 being run on the test track, and the usual procession of trains were to be seen on South Junction.