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.


11th May 2016 – Update

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The main achievement this evening was the completion of the fifth board for Heyno Junction, attaching legs to all boards, and erecting all units to becoming a free-standing unit. Despite appearances this is a 4mm layout not a 7mm branch line! Neither is it going to be entirely in tunnel, it’s just that the profile boards for the scenery have yet to be cut to size.  Once the end boards are made we will be able to judge the full size of what we are creating!

A new youth member paid us a visit and spent most of the evening with us, perhaps he will join as well. Mean time our youth section did a first draft plan of their new layout, over seen by Paul R!

A couple of locos were run in on Mira Road,so that seems to be working OK, as does Gas Works.  A very nice LSWR G16 4-8-0T fresh out of the dirty paint shop ran on the The Summit. A Lima HST with working lights (just one end so far) made an appearance on South Junction.  It’s not clear in the photo, but the leading end sports two yellow marker lights and a near side white headlight which attempts to simulate day time running lights.   This is a DC layout and the rear lights illuminate before the set moves thanks to some devious electronics involving current limiting LM334Z ICs.  Once fitted with separate ICs for the marker lights and headlight this should be true at the leading end too.

4th May 2016

Board H on Heyno Junction nears completion with the track boards down. The track boards on G & H need ‘T’ ing.  Dave has completed the legs and two prototype leg attachments have been made; the remainder will be turned out by Bob O in his workshop.  We will then assemble the five boards completed so that we can consider the scenery.  Only 21 to go!

Gas Works has been switched on and track cleaned to get things running as it will be needed several times in the next few months, but only once we found the switches to operate the points from the back!   Meanwhile Pete C was smoothing the way past the sewage works on South Junction.

The youngsters were in attendance using the test track. At the seance they requested a juniors layout; a mixture of narrow gauge/standard gauge was proposed on a military type theme.  Paul R has volunteered to take this in hand.

The Gauge O Guild publication ‘Inspirational Layouts’ contained not only Albion Quarry, which was not a surprise, but also The Summit.  A copy will be retained for the library.

Our open day was discussed, Dave S has been tasked with co-ordinating the day.  Please see his e-mail on the subject.  James H will be bringing something automated.

James H’s new shop at Bowdens Farm Hambridge is currently being stocked.  The grand opening Day is 11/12 June.  Gas Works has been requested as an attraction, and it will also be paying a visit to the Hornby RCA exhibition at  the Methodist church hall Preston Road on September 24th – will a third rail will be needed?  Welton Down will be out on tour to Mere 18-19th June,  Jim would like some help, only those with good eyesight need apply.  Finally there is a model show at Junction Station this weekend.

27th April 2016

This week Gary was able to attend for the first time for a while. As can be seen some of his modern day stock made an excursion from Halsdon Road to run through the Pennines, nothing unusual, and good to see. He also bought with him some redundant picture boards to be used in the club room.

The welding up of the leg frames for Heyno Junction (HJ) has been completed. Two have had adjustable feet attached, as a template for the rest. The legs will be completed next Wednesday. Then we can sort out their attachments to the boards.
In the HJ workshop board H had its track bed fitted and board G constructed ready for track bed. All these boards now need putting together and on legs so the removable section of fiddle yard can be made.

We have been invited to take Gas Works to the opening of James’ new shop at Hambridge, near the smokery, on 11/12 June 2016. The address is:

DCC Train Automation,

Unit 4 The Courtyard, Bowdens Farm, Hambridge, Somerset, TA10 0BP

On Wednesday we were visited by a possible new member, Paul who models at both extremes, 15 inch and 2mm Fine scale, Hopefully he will pay us further visits as he seemed keen to get involved.

Partial automatic semaphore and colour light signalling using servos controlled from the pointwork setting is now up and running in both directions on South Junction and very good it looks too.  Peter C was still busy with circuit testers but he assured me only to put together a circuit diagram for future reference.

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?

6th April 2016

Wednesday evening saw a momentous event; the first three boards built for Heyno Junction were fitted together.  Yes although cut and built from plans they fitted perfectly without need for any real fettling!  A real achievement!!  Dave S has now ordered the leg kits and once they are constructed the layout will be free standing,  we will then be able to build more boards starting with the complex board J, which will be a challenge!  Progress at last.

It was good to see some younger visitors running a Warship with coaches on Mira road, they seem to be enjoying themselves.
A couple of Virgins were seen on Holly Junction, one with a large overhang which skimmed a bridge parapet, maybe she needs to trim down??
Bob A continues to work on his new impressively detailed layout this time without a railtour in sight.
There were two visitors during the during the afternoon who viewed the layouts with interest particularly the freight train on summit.  They are potential new members, more are always welcome!  A good attendance this week with 24 members in to Play trains and other activities.  I must bring in something to play with on Gas works  it needs a work up before open Day.
I am away next week, I will not be’ Stuck’ abroad like our chairman so see you in two weeks. Keep up the good work!!