Burbage and District Model Railway Club

THIS month our group session had to be scrapped as a result of the lockdown. Nevertheless, our members have been busy progressing a task on their own including working on our major Savernake Project, looking at past layouts they had built and building smaller ones in their own home.

Gary Crooks has been reviewing the shuttle layout based loosely on a section of the Great Bedwyn station. This layout is electronically controlled and moves the train from one end to another in a timed sequence pre-programmed by the operator.

Chris Patrick has built a small layout for himself and has been working on parts of the Savernake Project. The small layout is a raised area from his own West End fixed layout, Stageby. The single-track line to Stageby station runs round the foot of the raised area, the vertical wall (paper stuck on to card with wallpaper paste) needs painting brick red.

The club is hoping to provide a layout for exhibition at the Historic Railway exhibition held annually at the Swindon’s STEAM Museum. STEAM’s Deputy Manager informed us that other exhibits have already been booked for 2020 and 2021 but we hope they will manage to squeeze us in for 2022.

We can arrange availability of working layouts and demonstration of modelling techniques at local village fairs and other community gatherings. Organisers are invited to contact us regarding their requirements.

The club welcomes new members and any donations and gifts of unwanted model railway items. So, if you would like to try your hand at this hobby or have some equipment you are not using, feel free to call Sonny Hamid, on 01672 811933.