13th December 2017

In three weeks time the West Camel exhibition will be over and Gas Works back in CS2. But first we need to get Gas Works there and we need four operators. Saturday 30th December is the date and we’re assuming 10am – 4pm.  Charlie Bishop, the organiser will be in touch soon.  We need transport and volunteers to load/unload/operate.  Please don’t be shy in coming forward, it’s good to support our near neighbours.

KF_IMG_2540 AllanH has sent us some pictures of his 00 gauge layout ‘Kingsferry’ which uses the GWR terminus of Kingsbridge for inspiration.  The layout is quite simply already stunning and further progress has been made since the photos were taken, including adding the goods shed.  The stock is an interesting and carefully selected mix, some of it kit-built from eBay with mostly ready-to-run locos.   More pictures and information on this cracking layout can be found here.

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Progress continues to made on the very large baseboards that will join Evercreech New to the fiddle yard built for The Summit.  The boards are the size of a car and there has been speculation that these are the largest portable baseboard sections in the UK, but we have been assured that they are not!  The plan is to pivot the boards vertical and move them on wheels.  Loading into the lorry will be via a ramp constructed from scaffolding boards.  Tickets will be made available to interested spectators nearer the time and counselling will be provided to the combatants willing or otherwise.  The picture shows the board for the Pecking Mill Viaduct end; the Prestleigh Viaduct end being similarly advanced.

HJ_IMG_9221A couple of weeks ago Holly Junction was rent asunder with the aid of a small and largely volunteer army.  Considerable progress has since been made in bridging the resulting gaps.  Allegedly it was mooted that the fiddle yard should be a lifting section for ease of access until the full implications of this proposal dawned on the potential victims.  The plan now is that a trolley should be provided to speed entry and exit from the heaving centre of operations.

In other news, board construction for the N gauge layout races ahead and in fact will shortly be gaining legs.  The automation of Yeovil Town continues with a much-anticipated demonstration planned for early in 2018.  Trains continue to be run on The Summit which was featured in the Christmas edition of Hornby Magazine, but sadly not on the included DVD.   South Junction has been re-assembled and is operational after its third trip to Taunton, with replacement of the two remaining original scratchbuilt slow action point motors in hand with Fulgarex units.

 

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