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.
The YMRG AGM will be held on Wednesday 8th February 2017 at 20:00 in CS2. If members would like something added to the, as yet unformed agenda, please let Keith know. Make your own judgement as to whether it merits being a separate item or can simply be raised in AOB.
Warley 2016 was an excellent show with swathes of excellent railway modelling on show together with strong trade support. The Summit crew had three very long and wearing days, but this was more than compensated by the excellent hospitality offered by the Warley MRC, and by the very favourable response from visitors and fellow exhibitors alike. Icing on the cake was to receive the LMS Society Award for the best LMS exhibit in show!
The CCTV setup used on The Summit was photographed by Steve Flint for a future Railway Modeller article and the The Summit Layout Co-ordinator Dave S was video interviewed by BRM magazine.
Sadly another opportunity for comedy time-lapse photography of the build (5 hours) and take down (2.5 hours) was missed, but then perhaps not!
This week we finally had Bob A’s big quiz. 25 difficult questions won by esteemed Treasurer/anorak Jim A. Well done! Bob A has also completed the replacement signal to be located backing onto the bridge.
Work continued in preparation for The Summit trip to Warley NEC at the end of the month. Each of the eight colour coded stillages used to transport the layout is being assigned to a stillage manager who will be required to wear an appropriate coloured beanie hat. Two hats have yet to be assigned. Unassigned members to form an orderly queue – just one hat each please. At the end of play there was still some work to do on two of the stillages.
Ed P and Keith spent some of the evening installing the new trackwork/points on Yeovil Town. Otherwise we re-organised the workshop so construction of more baseboards for Heyno Junction can commence. The jig and plans for board Q are in position.
The Summit landed in Taunton courtesy of some very clever and consistent packing of a very full 7.5 tonne lorry. Setup time about was about five hours:
The show was busy throughout the two days. Trains were run from crack expresses to long lumbering freight trains. As well as the expected LMS and Midland Region services, there were a number of Eastern Region specials. A Load Haul Class 60 with container and ferry wagons also whistled by occasionally bringing things a bit more up to date.
A Terrier with three horse boxes in tow that could have been on the run from Plumpton race course was occasionally seen. Admittedly our trains are a bit of a mixture as dictated by our members wide interests – but standards may have dropped a little towards the end of two very long days:
The Summit was well received by the many visitors to this very successful and enjoyable exhibition. We were very pleased to win the Rail-Ex Taunton Cup for best layout as judged by the paying public, the Brian Winter Salver for best signalled layout and the Chairmans Shield as awarded by the SRMC chairman Jack Sully.
YMRG would like to thank the Somerset Railway Modellers Club for the kind invitation and the excellent hospitality at a brilliant venue where we were made most welcome.
Over the past few weeks the list of jobs needed to get The Summit ready for Taunton and Warley shows have been completed. This afternoon the The Summit was dismantled and packed ready for Taunton Railex this coming weekend.
The striking scenery for this very large layout is of lightweight construction and is hung from a spine of more substantially built track boards as can be seen below:
The pictures show the large scenery boards loaded into stillages for transport, together with all the electrical kit a layout like this needs which even includes CCTV and screens for the operators to view the front from the fiddle yard. Every scenery board is unique, and so are each of the stillages!
Meanwhile work continues on the youth layout, with three boards completed. Donations of both cash and material are welcomed for this worthwhile project, and so far these have included a significant quantity of Peco pointwork.
More Hornby three rail was in evidence with a smart Hornby Type 1 being run on the test track, and the usual procession of trains were to be seen on South Junction.