It looked a bit like quite a bit got done while our Chairman was on vacation in the Silly Isles, and now he thinks he should stay away for longer periods. As if… 🙂
Anyway, Gary’s layout, Halsdon Road, has its extension now with track laying planned for next Wednesday.
Holly Junction has been joined up and scenery is progressing
Evercreech New (EN) has its two new 4′ boards ready to join to the new curved boards. Some of the curved board track bed has been cut by water jet. Very clean cuts from large sheets and no ragged edges. We’ll use these cut pieces as templates for cutting the bases under the viaduct and bridge.
EN needs to be moved very slightly to enable the Pecking Mill boards to be joined to EN and the ‘The Summit’ fiddle yard. All hands to help do that please when asked.
We had a full committee meeting this week. I’m sure the minutes will circulated soon. But here is a short heads up of what was discussed. General tidying and cleaning will start on Weds. Hoovers will be looked at to ensure they are serviceable i.e. they have “not full” bags in them. It’s best to hoover up the dust etc rather than use a brush that only spreads the dust over the layouts. The brambles need to be moved from the side of CS2. As members may have read in an email, grouting of the floor level concrete blocks has had an effect. The flood has not re-appeared – result!
The visit of the The Summit to St Neots was most enjoyable, and we received a lot of appreciate commentsfrom stewards and visitors alike, though no silverware for the first time with this layout. We also had a most interesting (and at least sort of appropriate) guest loco on the Sunday morning, which oddly considering the lack of catenary also ran extremely well on its own!
Setting up such a large layout on an earth floor was certainly a challenge with a great deal of packing being required for the build.
As planned after St Neots and prior to our visit to Aylesbury Rail-Ex only the fiddle yard for The Summit has been re-erected and the new Evercreech New (EN) boards were moved into their relative positions next to the EN old boards now on their new steel legs. From the pictures you can see the relative heights of the large boards to the EN station boards – this being to cater for the full height of the eleven arch Prestleigh Viaduct. The gaps between the fiddle yard and the new EN boards will be filled with plain 4ft base boards at each side though they could eventually represent Cannards Grave cutting at one end and the short cutting with the three arch stone bridge just before Evercreech Junction at the other.
This a model of the area around Prestleigh. The heights are exaggerated on the model. Knowing the area well there is much to commend the selected route of the S&D Bath extension in very difficult terrain! Once the current baseboard of Heyno Junction is completed we will concentrate our efforts on Evercreech New.
Radcliffe Street (RS) was exhibited at the Yeovil Model Show at Bucklers Mead School Yeovil on Saturday (24th March). Robin and Dave S arrived at about 9am with RS, closely followed by Nigel, and we set up the layout quite quickly – small layout you see. Apart from plugging a wire from the router into the Z21 in the wrong hole – soon corrected – we were up and running well before opening time at 10am. The operators, Nigel, Bob O, Simon W and Dave S were soon operating the layout from the other side of the room and outside the window as well as close by to RS. There were some problems with points and loco settings, but as it was RS’s first outing it did OK. Nigel has a snags list that we will need to work through. We were the only ‘railway related’ exhibitors at the show. Lots of planes and boats and Star Wars models and figures and plastic kits galore and paint. The standard of modelling was high. There was interest from Joe Public in RS but whether we get any inquiries about visiting CS2 remains to be seen. By about 4:30pm, after dropping RS off at CS2, we were at home. Ahh, the advantages of a small layout but not the spectacle of a large one.
It looks like Tim, is up for taking Gasworks to the Gaugemaster’s open days (1/2 Sept) with support from Bob O. Another two operators and the trip is a goer. Dave S will be going in the other direction to Telford with St. Martin’s Wharf.
Well CS2 survived the ‘Beast from the East’ with hardly any of that fine driven snow getting in. We had another busy Wednesday with a good turnout at CS2 and at the ‘greasy spoon’. Work continues on the Holly Junction and Tottington Hall. South Junction has gained an extra operating signal. Tracklaying has commenced on the so far un-named N gauge layout – though it won’t be ‘Bangor’ – apparently.
The Summit is all packed up ready for its trip to St Neots. This is not a venue we’re familiar with and it’s quite a trek cross-country from Somerset. There will be a full update on layout progress next week together with our impressions of the show.
If anybody reading this is going to the East Anglian MRE this weekend then please come and say hello – we like a chat and are always happy to answer questions!
Kingsferry now has ample goods facilities that are obviously well used. For more pictures and details of this superb layout see here. The new photos can be found in a slide show at the foot of that page.
Recently The Summit featured on the front page of the January issue of Hornby Magazine as a ‘Settle and Carlisle Masterpiece’. Many will know that the layout was designed and planned in great detail by the late Brian Draper; and we’ll take that description as a tribute to his vision (which we were told couldn’t be done), not to mention the skill, hard work and commitment of the YMRG members who made it happen! Below is a slide show of superb pictures taken for the magazine, and below that the track plan marked with the photo positions in time-honoured fashion.
Lots of work going on in CS2 this week. Dave from Shepton Mallet visited
again. Good to see Gary back and Halston Road populated with modern image stock. Paul and Olivia continued sorting out Yeovil Town for automatic operation. Tottington Hall made a welcome return from its successful first outing and was reunited with the rest of the baseboards.
Holly Junction has a new sideways extension made and now painted.
The front scenery has been removed from The Summit for maintenance purposes. It is unlikely to be replaced before the outing to Huntingdon in 7 weeks time. Volunteer(?) positions for operator/roadies are still open for this show… Jim’s new Class 60 was running in and got better the longer it ran. Julian’s Jinty went well too.
Ballasting continues on the diesel depot – Ratcliffe Road.
The curved edges of one of the new big Evercreech New boards was fettled into a better shape. A visit to Avon Plywood in Keynsham answered some questions about the plywood we use. They offer a cutting service if we provide a CAD file (.dxf) to them, and we will see how much it would cost for a couple of Heyno Junction end boards. Also it seems Birch ply is more expensive, but the best for what we are doing. Some large scale contour maps have been ordered for the area around Evercreech New. These along with photos of the area will help to give us the topography around the viaducts on the new baseboards.
The new N gauge layout has legs and a name – Kingsdon Central (KC). Work continues on the baseboards. Levelling of the boards will begin next week.
Tottington Hall Estate Railway was well received at its very first show appearance at Ilton. Peter (mostly) and DaveS, with Harry later on, operated and answered questions posed by the crowds at the 009 Society (SWOONS Group) Open Day. Thanks to other members who turned up to support, it was appreciated. We may even get a possible new member from the show.
Just before the public were admitted.
An ace operator operating.
This was a well attended event: Just some of the crowds that were there.
We’ll have a pictorial feature on the completed (for the moment) THER in the next few weeks – now there’s a threat!