January 2019

January 2019

Despite the recent lack of updates there’s plenty going on in CS2 on our Wednesday afternoon and evening sessions.  This week we had a visit from two possible new members, Lance (4mm 00) and Dean (N Gauge).  Each were shown round and appeared to enjoy themselves.  Hopefully they will return.


Alan and Paul R were doing some remedial track work on their bit of N gauge layout in the warmth of the workshop.  They also put together a small test rig for a Peco point motor and switch.  It’s to check that the throw is adequate and that the switch works. The test was a success.



Ratcliffe Street had its high level track removed. Nigel has decided that a redeveloped high level will give better access for loco shuffling off stage.

Peter continues to fix the foundations of some of the buildings on South Junction as well as continuing to seal up the bottom of the side wall in CS2. John S brought along some of his recently acquired EM gauge locos for test running on South Junction. Roy appeared to enjoy running them.

hj_img_9716Heyno Junction (HeJ) boards continue to be produced.  Just one more board and HeJ will have a continuous circuit. Soon be cork laying time!






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Much progress has been made with Evercreech New’s Prestleigh viaduct. Pictures  show the build up of the piers, with good use of the library’s facilities, and in position, culminating in the sides being screwed to the trackbed, and the inner parapet glued in held in place by just a handful of clips. Featured image today is our first attempt at a ‘map’ of what goes where on the cladding of the scruffier side of the viaduct facing you the punters – much of which will be laser etched.


At the other end, Pecking Mill, a flat area was made for the bridge to be built on. What is required is a photo excursion to the remains of Pecking Mill to take pictures for the model to be made.

With the Yeovil Model Show looming in March, we need to check out Gas Works well before then, so, volunteers for that job please so we can make start this week.


17th October 2018

17th October 2018

We had two visitors at CS2 last week, a friend of John M’s – and a visitor called John.  John the visitor has just bought an EM gauge layout, came across to see what we are about and gave us a hand in furniture rearrangement.  Good man.  The re-arrangements included moving the shelving and wood at the end of CS2. Once that was done half of Heyno Junction (HeJ) was moved to give an extra bit of space for the as yet unmade boards to fit into.  Other re-arrangements were made at the library end where some of the library cupboards were moved to the side of CS2 so that a re-invogorated Gas Works (GW) can occupy the vacated space.

Before GW is erected a bit of fettling is needed.  To start with GW is going to get dowel locators between the base boards after 24 years of existence; you can’t rush these sort of things.  Extra strengthening was applied to GW to take the dowels.  The dowels were reclaimed from a previous layout.   The building by the foundry on the smallest baseboard was removed to make the fan work again. GW_IMG_9635

It appears that a drive band had broken – this we believe should be an easy fix.

The N gaugers continue to make progress on Mondays in the workshop.  Be tactful and don’t mention the dropped base board!

Further work on EN in the last few weeks saw the completion of the joining of the two smaller boards by the addition of side panels.  When the water cut track-beds were tried in position it was felt that a slight realignment of the track would enhance the appearance of EN.  We will see what is needed to achieve that end.  The structures on EN were commissioned from Allan Downes and the goods shed has been receiving some much needed TLC from a highly qualified professional away from CS2.


On South Junction trains were running.  A Drummond Black Motor was hauling an excursion that included one of the lovely Hornby ex-LSWR non-corridor coaches as rebuilt by the Southern Railway on longer (and wider) Maunsell underframes (see top).  This loco probably started life as an etched brass Jidenco kit that has had a new Perseverance EM gauge chassis fitted to loco and tender together with a more robust chimney – more details here.   Also taking its first ever turn under its own power was a Rebuilt River U Class (sans tender). This engine is a long running project and work in progress; originating as a DJH kit with an etched SE-Finecast chassis with a wholly scratchbuilt nickel silver running plate and cab.

There are six private layouts in CS2 and to inaugurate the new modelling season a quick review of them follows for those not familiar with them.

Halsdon Road (HR) – Owned by Gary.  This is a modern image 7mm O gauge layout that is under modification at the moment. It has analogue control. Gary will be a more regular attendee after he retires at the end of October. Gary occasionally needs assistance with HR, please offer it to him when appropriate.

Holly Junction (HoJ) – This is a 4mm OO gauge layout with DCC control that has been extended and has developed quickly over the past year.  Julian can be seen fettling away below.HoJ_IMG_9631

Yeovil Town (YT) – As YT has its own website we will not duplicate information here. Use the link www.ymrg.co.uk to get information on YT.   Please note that the “ymrg” referred to in the link refers to ‘Yeovil Model Railway Gazette’.

Hobson’s Choice Brewery – Owner Bob A.  This 7mm O gauge layout has only recently taken residence in CS2.  As Bob is unable to model now, a few members are assisting in its construction under his watchful eye.


St Martin’s Wharf – Another 7mm O gauge layout with analogue control. This layout was previously owned and made by Bob A.   Tim has taken it on and is actively getting invites to exhibitions with it.  This layout is appearing at Uckfield this weekend.

Hornby-Dublo 3 Rail – Finally lurking at the end of CS2 is our chairman’s 6′ x 4′ Hornby-Dublo 3 rail layout.  He’s had it since his Dad made this relic for him in 1955.  It still works and only needs 2 wires from each controller to run trains.  Bit like DCC operation*! 😉

*Note:  this may well be one of our Chairman’s stranger fancies, though there is some evidence for us to believe it’s not alone.

Lastly, at very short notice we’ve been asked to fill in at Taunton Rail-Ex on the weekend of the 27/28th October.  This will be a chance to see both Gas Works and St Martin’s Wharf at an excellent local show at a lovely venue with excellent catering.  I’m informed that YMRG members clothed in our dashing corporate wear will have free access to the show, but not the food.  😦



12th September 2018

12th September 2018

We achieved a lot this week.  The week started with the sky and lights being removed from The Summit (TS) ready for the Weds session. Today the front scenic part of TS was removed and stored in stillages.  Two of the new base boards for Evercreech New (EN) were then brought down from their construction site and joined to the left hand end of TS’s fiddle yard.  Five boards of EN were then joined to the new boards before the other new boards were inserted to complete the circuit.  The featured image shows the end result.  We’ve already joined the two smaller new boards to make one and now need strengthening with deeper sides.  Once that is done work can recommence baseboard construction on Heyno Junction while EN’s track bed is being sorted.

SJ_IMG_9574Gary’s layout Haldon Road was moved to somewhere much drier than before.  The Junior layouts and Ratcliffe Street moved into the space vacated leaving a gap where the water comes in.  Haldon Road can be glimpsed in its new position next to South Junction which is being re-erected after a successful visit to SedgeRail 2018.


Next up is the tender chassis for Bob A’s 0 Gauge GT3 loco. Yes, it’s made out of laser cut MDF.  It’s a trial for the process to see if it works. The loco chassis is next so watch this space.


Gas Works will be at the WSR Autumn Gala on 28-30th September, so please come along to Bishops Lydeard and say hello.

Thanks to everybody in CS2 on Weds for helping with the moves.  A true club atmosphere – long may it continue.  There’s lots still to do in CS2 and the modelling season is upon us so don’t be shy in coming forward to get stuck in.

15th August 2018

15th August 2018

This is the first update in a while, not because nothing has been happening, but because no great leaps forward were made on any Wednesday in the last few months, just steady progress – perhaps because it was just too hot!   Well, we did get some stuff done on Wednesday and reached that critical tipping point where a website update was needed.

SJ_IMG_9529We will be at Sedgerail 2018 at Burnham-on-Sea with South Junction (SJ) in just over a week.  The lighting rig for SJ was therefore removed ready for packing the rest of SJ and stock into its stillages this coming Wednesday.  Picture shows the removed lighting rig.






On the subject of lighting, GasWorks (GW) has had its lights changed.  The incandescent lights and controls have been retired after at least 20 years of use and extreme heat generation not least in the main plug.

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The new lights are programmable LEDs.  The first slide shows the installation of the LEDs onto the original lighting rig.  Once attached and connected up, Tim used his phone and showed some of the colours available – as seen in the next three slides.  It seems that the green hue will be used when we simulate the aurora borealis.  The final two slides show the effect of the red and blue hues with the super cool new lighting rig fitted on the layout.   We just need to program several set colours into phone control to set various scenes on GW during exhibitions.  We could even program in lightning effects which would also work well on The Summit – perhaps to be followed by rain effects?


The new Pecking Mill end baseboards of Evercreech New (EN) were joined up to enable dowels to be positioned.  Discussions also took place as to transporting of the two large new baseboards – a caravan chassis was mooted.  Hopefully the track-beds will be cut and ready for installation next Wednesday – but South Junction takes priority.  We will need to take the front of The Summit (TS) down early in September to get EN attached to TS’s fiddle yard.   Once that is done work on Heyno Junction can start again.

So lots of assistance needed in the next 2 weeks and lots of jobs to do!  Please don’t be shy in coming forward to help.

24th April 2018

24th April 2018

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!



Large and Little

Large and Little

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 TS_StNeots_IMG-7catenary 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.

EN_IMG_9314As 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.

EN_IMG_9315This 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.


RR_IMG_9317Radcliffe 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.

7th March 2018

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!


Settle and Carlisle Masterpiece!

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Settle and Carlisle Masterpiece!

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.

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TS Hornby Mag Track Plan

YMRG have a busy time coming up with The Summit being exhibited at St Neots – East Anglian MRE in March and Aylesbury Rail-Ex in May.

17th January 2018


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.

DD_IMG_9235Ballasting 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.

KC_IMG_9234The 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.