29th June 2016

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Heyno Junction ready for Open Day

This week work continued in readiness for Open Day.  Heyno Junction was relocated to its new position in the club room although perhaps the wrong way round?  Anyway it looks good for Open Day.




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Wiring Evercreech New ready for Open Day

The main achievement was the positioning of Evercreech New, connecting all the boards and having the Jinty running from end to end without ‘digital’ assistance. Well done all!

Holly Junction continues to develop with further low relief buildings appearing to complete the High Street.  That’s real shops from before the days of charity shops, bookies, nail bars and estate agents!


There are a couple of problems on the curves of the test track, due to the use of Sundeala board, which will be sorted on Wednesday.

Rolling stock has now appeared on Summit, as well as Gas works so all we need is good weather on the day.


25th May 2016

Hello All

Me again. Well, changes are afoot. The original website is now dedicated to Yeovil Town and we now have our own new one – www.yeovilmrg.org .which you are reading now.

Wednesday saw HeJ  – let me explain. We have two layouts with the initials HJ, Holly Junction and Heyno Junction. So I’m going to distinguish between them by referring to Holly Junction as HoJ and Heyno Junction as HeJ. Now where was I, ah yes, the prologue – and if you remember that TV show you’re older that you think. Wednesday saw HeJ have another board finished – board E. Work is progressing well on HeJ.

HoJ continues to have scenic items added and lots of running trains.

The youngsters gave a presentation on their proposed layout. Well done chaps, excellent effort. It’s taken them two weeks to do that. How many years has HeJ been on the go – and The Summit (TS).

All continuity wiring has been completed on Evercreech New (EN). The loom has been made and it’s ready for assembly and testing of the assembled layout. That can be done while I’m away. One question – where is that Gaugemaster controller with two controls on it? Can’t find it in CS2 at the moment.


Simon K brought in a copy of the Shepton Mallet Journal from March. On page 14 there is an article on EN when we took it to Evercreech Village Hall for the S&D celebrations. There was no mention of Yeovil Model Railway Group. The paper will be in CS2 in the library if you wish to read it.

Ed made some moving pictures of trains on TS and South Junction (SJ) for the new website.

SJ continues to be fettled and trains run.

Open Day preparations are under way. The toilet is ordered, several catering items have been purchased and a new urn from Odcombe village hall will be used.

DBS checks were discussed. Peter has found someone in Yeovil District Council to pay for some of use to be checked. Excellent work Peter.



18th May 2016

Hello All

First let me start by sending the YMRG’s best wishes for a speedy recovery to Simon’s son in law who was found at the side of the road by Bradfords on Thursday. He was taken to YDH where Simon spent most of the day. The membership of YMRG hope all is and will be well.

Wednesday started with Niall and myself moving on with the completion of the rewiring of EN’s 4th board. We are now working on the last board. Once the continuity wiring is finished we will attach the point motors. All boards work when connected up to TS’s power loom. We will need to make a separate power loom for working the 5 EN boards as a separate unit.

There was the usual break for Ice Cream. This has become a welcome weekly occurrence a bit like a tea break.

St Martin’s Wharf has now departed to Montacute after its successful début at the Epsom show.

Heyno Junction continues to progress – board E is now nearing completion.

Young James returned this week – we are obviously doing something right in attracting new members. We will probably need 3 or 4 members CRB (or whatever it’s called now) checked for the under 18 members.

Old James was there with his cousin sorting out Paul R’s wiring! Stay cool Mikey, perhaps best to do the wiring on your layout yourself.

Work continued on South Junction. Steve’s HST appears to be working well.

Trains ran as usual on Holly Junction.

That’s it for now.

Regards to all.


20th April 2016

Another constructive evening for Heyno Junction. Board G now largely complete just the ‘Y’ shaped track bed to fit and fettle. This has now been cut out by Keith this afternoon, a bit of a relief if truth be known.  Dave S has begun putting together a jig for the construction of all the legs.

The remaining books/kits/and models from John M have now gone so we now have more space.
Bob A has packed away his new layout and is now off to be exhibited. Dave S promised not to take his class 40 along this time!!
Paul R was in for a while working on his diesel depot as was John L fettling Holly Junction.

Work continues on Evercreech New with the assembling of servos by James of DCC Train Automation (www.dcctrainautomation.co.uk). The servos will activate the signals and points so the layout will again become a runner albeit for shunting only for the time being.

The youth team were in again this evening running trains on MIRA Roads. They need something else to do until they can help on Heyno Junction. Perhaps they could put Gasworks through its paces?

Evercreech New at Evercreech Village Hall

Evercreech New (EN) had its first outing to Evercreech Village Hall at the Remembering The Railway day – 5th March 2016. The show celebrated the 50th anniversary of the closure of the S&D. It was a show worth attending. We gleaned a lot of information about EN from locals. For instance, there was a deep pond behind the platform (signal box side near the footpath). There were earth works behind the kiln so that horse and carts could take their loads to the top of the kiln and drop them in. One old guy’s horse and cart went over the edge! The lady who was in the pushchair (as a child) in one of the pictures turned up. One lady told us of her trips on the footplate (dad was a driver) to school and worked some of the signals. One gent told us that they used to go to the south bound home signal where detonators were left (saved carrying them there) “borrow” some and take them to the quarry where stones were thrown at them until they exploded. We were also donated some pictures of EN as long as we don’t publish them; copyright owner not known. All in all a well worth outing. Thanks to Julian, Steve, Simon and Dick for helping at the show. Good to see Peter and David Sedgman visiting.

Pictures show shots of EN in the hall. One of these show a picture wall which included a map of where the pictures were taken. This last feature was used a lot by visitors and is now available for us to use with EN in the future.

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