Elham Model Railway Club layout 'Elham' at Rye exhibition April 2018
The date for the next monthly meeting is yet to be set. If you want to come along to meetings and you are not yet a member you will be welcome.
Date to be announced shortly so watch the web for dates.
A new layout has been planned. As suggested earlier the Elham Valley MRC is developing an 009 chalk quarry layout on a 4' by 2' board. This may form one of a number of small layouts on different themes but all using a number of common features and all built in a 4' by 2' space. As we develop and commit to the ideas we will let people know.
None of the group building the new layout has worked in 009 before and one of the aims of this project is to broaden individuals' skills.
As yet there is no settled name for the layout. The track plan has been decided and is being laid. The wiring is being installed at the same time as the track is laid tried so each stage works in practice.
The layout includes an elevated standard gauge siding serving the quarry. The picture shows a trial build for the automated control system for this piece of track and shows the full length of the track controlled .
Track laying is now nearly complete and scenic work including bespoke buildings has started.
This September saw the Elham layout visiting the Faversham Show. This photo taken there shows detail of the station in its early BR guise.
For those of you wondering the photo of the DEMU below was taken during feasibility trials on the branch.
The 2016 show was well attended by enthusiasts and featured 12 layouts; 50% more than the club's first show.
Chris White fought a gallant battle in his attempt to build a loco kit in a day. At the end it was hard to tell where the kit ended and Chris began as he was so covered in lead. Andy meanwhile quietly carried on building wagon after wagon kit.
Visitors left with favourable comments on all the layouts on display. For some idea of the quality see the photos, or make a note to come yourself next time.
What you missed at the Elham Valley Model Railway Show
The clubs next exhibition is likely to be in 2019.
The club held a 'Running day during the morning on 22nd August at St Mary's Church Hall . There was an 'N' gauge and 'OO' gauge layout in the hall. Members of the public were invited to bring along their own stock and run it on these club layouts. Like other local attractions on the day the very hot day lead to a lower than expected attendance.
The club took its 'N' gauge layout 'Shepley' to the show in Deal on 2nd August 2015 at the Astor Theatre.
Elham Valley Model Railway Club's first Model event attracted nearly 300 visitors who seemed to have had a good day out. The opportunity for people to bring and run their own 'OO' gauge locos and the catering were particularly popular.
Eight club, and visiting layouts, were on show together with demonstrations on loco construction and painting. Local societies including The Elham Valley Line Trust and the Kent and East Sussex Railway mounted displays as did the Elham Historical Society.
Additional pictures can be seen in The Folkestone Herald which carried nearly a page of coverage of the show.
If you missed it you will now need to wait until 2016 as the show will be held biennially.
Photos taken at the show
And some more photos from the exhibition
Work on the first phase of the layout has now reached its conclusion and the layout will be taken out to its first exhibition as a visitor.
The photos below shows the layout before scenic work was completed.
Elham layout as it was at the Elham Valley Model Railway Club show in November 2014.
Dulwich Vale, Nick Rushton's 4mm layout is featured in Railway Modeller April 2014.