In March 2014 Julian Birley, the originator of the Evercreech New (EN) layout was downsizing and the future of this superb layout was in doubt.
Following consultations with Simon Kennedy acting as an intermediary, it was confirmed with Julian that he thought the idea of the Yeovil Group taking on EN was great as it would have a better opportunity of being seen by people if it is with a club rather than an individual.
Dismantling of EN started in July 2014. It took two Wednesday visits to dismantle EN and move it to CS2 our clubrooms. Only the front of EN was being taken by YMRG.
EN is available for exhibition. It has already been a static exhibit to Evercreech Village Hall as part of the 50th anniversary of the closing of the S&DJR. EN has now been rewired and the old Tortoise point motors replaced with servos. The signals have been similarly modified. EN can now be used as a shunting layout utilising just the station boards and can be controlled by either conventional DC or DCC controllers. Our objective now is to graft EN onto the fiddle yard used by The Summit. That will give us two large 7mm layouts available for exhibition.
Construction of the new boards that will connect Evercreech New to The Summit fiddle yard. The two large boards are 12′ corner to corner. One end will feature a full length Prestleigh Viaduct with the twin tunnel bridges in Cannards Grave Cutting as scenic exit. The other end will feature Pecking Mill Viaduct and will use the three arch occupation bridge that still exists between Pecking Mill and Evercreech New as the scenic exit.
The buildings on the layout are by Allan Downes and used a fireclay mix to simulate the Mendip stonework. In places this had deteriorated and the goods shed has recently been subject to some superb repairs and a light wash to blend the repairs in and to better simulate the limestone actually used at Evercreech.