6th September 2017

Gas Works had a successful visit to Sedgerail 2017 at Burnham where we had an enjoyable time.  The author particularly liked the layout of Midford shown by the Shepton Model Railway Society – a really good example of a railway flowing through plenty of nicely detailed countryside.

Lots going on in the clubroom as always each Wednesday.  The permanent way train for The Summit has been enhanced with an extra four wagons collected from Telford – these are (I’m told) the empty catfish and dogfish in the picture.

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Construction of Ayno Junction continues, and the CAD drawings for Prestleigh Viaduct are well advanced.   South Junction is being made ready for its trip to Taunton with the new lightweight LED lighting now installed and working complete with a section of ‘cloud cover’.   It’s a while since the layout has been out so the next task is to take the layout down, load it into the stillages, and to re-assemble it in the clubroom.

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The layout’s very first public appearance was at Expo EM SouthWest at Taunton in 1982.  It’s in an unfinished state apparently to encourage the viewer, and it’s perhaps interesting to reflect that we’ve only just got round to making some of the signals work!

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Also captured at the exhibition was a very modern image train crossing the unfinished viaduct being very closely watched, by what I think we can assume is an admirer!


Open Day – 15th July 2017

YMRG Open Day 2017 001aYMRG had another very successful Open Day with increased takings largely due to the well supported raffle.   The refreshments were excellent, and we had sixteen layouts in operation.  Our members and the many visitors appeared to have an enjoyable time with many favourable comments received.

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This is supposed to be a fun and constructive hobby and hopefully the group were again able to demonstrate just how much construction (and fun) there is to be had!




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An example of the correct application of rule #1 on the The Summit.

IMG_8285For anyone interested in the full length Lima HST seen on South Junction,  details of the various upgrades carried out so far (and planned) can be found here.

Only Three Weeks to Open Day!

Preparations for Open Day on July 15th are now well advanced with a huge tidy up under way throughout the building.  On a very hot Wednesday afternoon we managed to move Heyno Junction into position at the end of CS2, shuffle Gas Works round a bit so that operators can get round the back and removed some carpets from corridors (potential trip hazards) all helped by essential purchases from the ice cream man when he arrived.

The new LED lights continue to be put together on South Junction to the point where the fiddle yard was lit for the first time with the new lights revealing that the LED strips used are not as bright as those used on The Summit and may need a rethink.   The junior layout continues to progress, a section of Yeovil Town made a welcome return and personalised mugs appeared on Holly Junction complete with Holly Junction totem.

Thanks to the generosity of members and friends we have the following prizes for the raffle:

– Oxford Models Adam Radial in BR livery
– Sunday lunch for 2 at the Mason’s Arms in Lower Odcombe
– DCC Train Automation loco decoder
– DCC Concepts ADS-2fx solenoid decoder
– Paull’s of Martock £10 voucher
– A bottle of Cockburn’s Special Reserve Port
– Eddie Stobart Special Edition Lorry model
– Box of chocolates
– Bottle of white wine

Any other prizes will be most welcome.

With only 3 weeks to go to Open Day, we will need to crack on with the tidy up of the first half of CS2.  We are nearly there now and look forward to a good turnout of members on the day.

April and May Update

Halsdon Road from The Summit

It’s been a while since the last update, but much progress is being made in the run up to our Open Day in July.   First of all the long awaited re-organisation is in progress with Halsdon Road, Evercreech New and The Summit all re-located.   The drawings for the new baseboard to join Evercreech New to the The Summit fiddle yards are complete with baseboard construction planned to start after our Open Day in July.


DS_May17_002At a recent ‘official’ club visit to the ever helpful James at DCC Trains Automation a Z21 control unit was selected and subsequently tested successfully on our newly adopted 00 gauge Diesel Maintenance Depot layout.  This layout will be wired for DCC as a test bed for Evercreech New and this control unit will also be used to control Evercreech New.

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Holly Junction continues to progress with progress on all fronts and a dazzling display of lighting all individually switched, although clearly not on this occasion.

With a number of new and existing members having N gauge interests, a meeting of like minds is planning a 20′ by 10′ N gauge layout.  As one of these members is involved in planning the re-organisation of the club room, finding space should not be a problem!



YMRG May 2017 009Construction of Heyno Junction baseboards continues apace despite moving onto the well charted but weird and wonderful shaped boards that will complete the circuit at each ends.




SJ tree 20170508_114614_resizedThe selective re-inforcement of the South Junction MDF fiddle yard boards is now complete with trains moving much more smoothly again.  Attention is turning to the revised lighting arrangements, the stillages for transport and a crash barrier for errant HSTs next to the scrap yard.  A backscene is being added to improve presentation and some state of the art trees are in preparation for this venerable EM gauge layout.





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Following on from the last blog our two Railway Modeller cups posed on The Summit, the larger for 2017 and The Summit. The smaller the 1997 one for Gas Works.



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Sadly this little fella also seen on the The Summit probably isn’t in contention for any award.   Whilst this could be seen as an innovative solution to the expense of 0 gauge locos; is it really right to deprive the family hound of a much loved plaything?




1st March 2017

The Summit has won The 2016 Railway Modeller Cup Competition!  This was the 64th edition of the annual poll for the most popular article.  Voted on by the readers it apparently won by some margin; many thanks go to all those who took the time out to take part.  It is the first time an O gauge layout has won since 1997, and that was won by Gas Works!  The results in full will be in April’s edition.

Evercreech New will be an alternative DCC front (rather than analogue) for The Summit fiddle yard.  It has been decided that it will feature brand new models of the Pecking Mill Viaduct and Inn at one end and a near full length representation of Prestleigh Viaduct at the other.  All will feature on the new boards required to link the original station boards with the fiddle yard.  In the meantime The Summit will be re-erected and trains can be run again.

Wednesday saw all hands on deck;  two fiddle yard boards for Heyno Junction were constructed with one more to go, the track beds will then need stiffening and the removable scenic covers fabricated. Completion of these two boards will mean that over half of the boards of this large 00 gauge layout will have been built!

Nearly twenty years ago when the South Junction fiddle yard was re-modelled to eliminate conflicting moves MDF was used as it was the latest wonder material!  Two of the boards, one filleted to carry the flyover, and the other bearing a heavy control panel have subsided slightly and were removed for reinforcing with ply. Surgery is almost complete on the flyover with one board still to go. Whilst the boards were down the opportunity was taken to start the painting of the welded steel legs. Work also continued on the backscene which has done much to improve the appearance of this venerable EM gauge layout.

Gas Works boards were aligned so that it can now be run, and further civil engineering took place on Holly Junction with more street lighting in place.


1st February 2017

The Summit fiddle yard has been erected with a view to attaching Evercreech New as an alternative front.  There is a quite a gap and a considerable height difference at both ends of Evercreech New.  It seems that there is nearly enough room for Prestleigh viaduct providing much food for thought…   Whilst the new connecting boards are designed and built The Summit running lines will be restored so that we can play trains again!

Work on the scenics for Holly Junction continues apace.  A new building appeared yesterday so another light and oil drum fire will be needed.   Meanwhile JL ballasted away ’til he lost the will!

The youth section boards were assembled and moved to their new location.  Lots of help and encouragement needed now so that their layout progresses.

South Junction is scheduled to visit Taunton Show in October this year; Peter has e-mailed a substantial to-do list for which he has requested help.  One item is more trees; as Hayno Junction will need lots perhaps a tree making workshop with a Tree Guru is in order; any volunteers?  Other items include extending the backscene and LED lighting to replace the flourescent tubes that were the latest thing when it was first exhibited in the mid-80’s.

The faulty relay on Gas Works has been located and replaced so it can now be put back up on its legs. There is a move to replace the filament lights with cooler LEDS, which will improve operating conditions at summer exhibitions.

Two more Hayno Junction boards have now been built and are on legs. We are now building the board with the flyover in co-ordination with Bob A. This is now coming to a point where the layout needs its permanent home so that the final slightly bespoke boards can be made.  This will require the long-delayed re-organisation of the club room to take place…

Next week is the AGM 8.00 pm.  Do not miss this exciting event!!