our 2013 exhibition this layout has now been broken up and the
salvaged parts will be used towards the building of a new version.
The reason behind the
dramatic decision to scrap the layout was because even after
rebuilding the storage sidings at the rear and doing a lot of work
on the scenic sections, there were still serious running issues due
to the gradients and the existing boards were not easy to modify.
It was decided that a
fresh start was the only option to finish up with a reliable layout.
|This layout started life in 2008 as a totally DCC operated
system. The main theme of the model was to be based around a "Container
Terminal" where trains could have their container loads loaded
and off-loaded by use of a model crane by Heljan.
It did get to the stage where it was ready for exhibiting in this
form and indeed made its first public showing at Martin Mere models
and crafts show. Unfortunately the Heljan crane failed on that
occasion with the cables becoming detached from the pulleys inside
the head unit. This was very carefully dismantled by one of our
members and got working again in time for our 2010 exhibition but
again the same fault occurred mid way through day one of the show.
Checking on the Internet to see if we could obtain any replacement
parts for this it would seem that the model has been discontinued,
so no doubt there have been problems elsewhere with it?
It has now been decided that the model be completely revamped and
its theme changed to something more reliable. To this end a team
under a new layout manager has made a start and as it develops then
the pictures below will be updated to show the changes.