Progress on our layouts:
Shunting layout Work has resumed on the new micro layout; Chris has painted the backscene and it looks very good.
John P is taking the lead in designing and constructing the buildings for the layout.
The track plan remains the same although we may purchase some Peco points.
Ideally we might hand build these but Tim won’t have the time to help do this.
Rather than having a mono industrial layout we have decided to go for a mixed yard.
This will allow a variety of industries/products and locos .
After measuring up the layout in 3D we decided to cut down the height by a few inches as originally designed it would not even fit in Chris’ ‘classic’ Volvo!
Not much to report on Sarre.
It enjoyed good use on 20th April with a number of branch and industrial locos and trains being run.
The highlight was the early KESR train that Ross brought along from the Tenterden Museum.
One of the points played up again but David Ho will sort this.
Scenically, we need to get more static grass down and I think we should find a couple of hikers looking at a map for the left hand end of the layout.
The location for a Camping Coach was agreed at the end of the long siding opposite the factory building.
This still leaves plenty of space for the workmkman's train that rests during the running sessions.
As John B provides much of the rolling stock for Sarre and he uses Dingham couplings (and I've started to fit my stock with them, too), we need to consider where to put the magnets and then source some.
Dingham's can work with three-link couplings as well so there is still plenty of opportunity for other members to provide stock for our running days and exhibitions.
Work has commenced on removing the redundant wiring for the electrically operated uncoupling magnets on Edington.
These were replaced by permanent magnets a few years ago and removal of the redundant wiring is hoped will aid clearer fault finding and easier access, particularly to the control panel.
Three of the four sections of the layout have been completed, with the control panel section being the last to be tackled.
It is hoped that this can be completed in the near future now that preparation of the baseboards for Lenham Junction has been completed.
It is also intended to fit some protective covers over the mass of wiring at the multitag terminals beneath the baseboards of Edington to protect the wires from being snagged.
The track plan has been finalised, overcoming some tricky problems making it fit with the need to connect easily with the rest of the circuit.
Track laying has begun, and should progress reasonably quickly, if members are willing to pitch in and help.
We have enough components to make a good start, Paul and I will assess what else we need to complete the trackwork and put in an order to C&L.
The initial challenge is to lay up to five points which will provide useful experience for members.
Meanwhile, Roger is sorting out the buildings, and he writes: "If you would like to be involved in their construction, please let him know".
We have scale plans for the buildings which consist of the main station building, the platform shelter, signal box and goods shed. Valancing for the platform shelter is available in etched brass from Roxey Mouldings but the rest of the structure and the bay platform canopy will need to be calculated from photos (of which we have a number) and the support columns designed and made. 3D printing anyone?
EKOGG has two exhibition layouts, "Edington Junction" and "Sarre", plus "The Circuit", our test track.
Our latest project is a "North Kent Station" to slot into our Circuit.
"Sarre" is a fictional light railway in East Kent, which owes a great deal to the Colonel Stephens lines.
It took shape, using recycled modular baseboards and track.
In 2021 the scenic sections had been partially re-modelled and a round tin hut added at the end of a narrower platform.
"The Circuit" uses a sweeping set of baseboards. Its tracks, completed in March 2018, can be used for both dc and DCC.
It is out for running every 3rd session (but this can change to more often), with a theme for which stock we could bring, although there is always space for whatever you bring.
Our original exhibition layout is "Edington Junction", a country junction from the Somerset Levels.
At exhibitions it usually runs as SDJR, but may appear in Southern guise.
All members of our group were involved in making this layout which has hand-built trackwork.
Articles on this layout can be found in several issues of the GOG Gazette and in BRM.
Current members may not know the history of the layout.
In 2014, we decided to build an exhibition layout and coincidentally received two invitations to exhibitions celebrating the
Somerset & Dorset railway s closure anniversary.
With everyone lending a hand , we completed the layout within 18 months from start to finish , designed to suit any period from
World War 1 to BR (Southern) Southern).
The layout more or less survived ok for two years in our store , and the odd fault is repaired as it occurs despite being based on an actual prototype , the layout presents some intriguing challenges, including trains leaving simultaneously in the same direction.
Receiving the baseboards donated by the beekeeper at Wildwood saved time!
Many of us learned new skills in building track buildings signals, and experience in operating at over a dozen exhibitions across the country not bad, as originally, we had nowhere to erect and test the whole layout.
It has developed over the years, with traversers replacing the sector plates for the fiddle yards and permanent magnets replacing the electromagnets for working Dingham couplings.
Its baseboards are frequently set out at Badlesmere to allow us to run a variety of stock, as well as for maintenance.
Our new station, to be inserted into the Circuit, will be based on an LCDR example.
The buildings should closely follow those pictured by Paul W at Lenham, Kent but set in the early 1950s.
The new station’s baseboard sections are ready.
Paul W and assistants attached the final folding leg on July 7th, then joined that section with the previous pair.
The three sections seem light and certainly were easy to disassemble and stow away. Great progress.
It has taken time to prepare the boards and track plan to make sure they fit precisely in to the existing circuit. Paul W has done a superb job on the carpentry, providing three self supporting sections .
The track plan was prepared using Templot (twice!) and most of it has been glued to the cork base so far in place.
Hopefully this will be completed soon and we will be calling on you to join in the track laying.
The aim is to assemble all of the track during our sessions at Badlesmere so that e veryone can join in.
We have the plans and lots of pictures of the station and will start the buildings under Roger's guidance at our sessions,again as a cooperative exercise.
Once the track is fully laid and tested, we start on the platforms and ancillary items.
Don't be put off if you feel you may not have the right skills to join in as we learn as we go along by sharing our knowledge.
This should keep many of us busy for a while!
Do ask to look at the plans for the original LCDR scheme on which the project is based.
As well as our Group Layouts, many members' home layouts can be seen in our Gallery pages.
[photos: Chris M, David Ho. & Rob M]
International and historic trains sharing the Barn Circuit and Allan K's gleaming GWR train sweeping around the Barn Circuit.
Previously, when we shared a barn, we had a country terminus "Cavedale", linked to our 90' circuit via the "Nailbourne" branch.
Prior to that, in the group's early years, modules which could be connected in a variety of ways were constructed and used at exhibitions and meetings.