At Beccles on March 7th 2015 were displayed the seven entries for the 2 square Foot Challenge. The visitors to the show were invited to vote for their particular favourite layout.
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To celebrate our first anniversary we decided to hold an Open Day/Exhibition in Beccles. It was held at the St John Ambulance Hall in Blyburgate and we were honoured to recieve 231 visitors, which exceeded our expectations. Thank you to everybody who came, and those who helped and participated.
Taking photographs at an exhibition is not ideal, but here are some images of the main layouts on display.
More photos of the completed "Ashfield Green" superbly built by C. Seago. The design, based on an "O" scale plan was adapted in 009 scale for the "2 Square Foot" layout competition. It depicts one end of a rural station with many features, and it can be used as an exhibition layout in it's own right.
"Hawkins Tower" is a 009 scale layout 27.5inches x 14inches with a backscene of 13inches high. The base board was built and the track laid many years ago, but the scenery didn't get started, so it was handed to another member to finish off.
It features a lake in an old Victorian park where the locals and visitors go at weekends. There is also a folly in the form of an old tower named "Hawkins Tower". The old narrow gauge railway has been partly restored and it gives visitors rides around the park. Refreshments are available at the tea and cake stall.
The layout can be operated manually, or using an automatic "station stop" module,
Shipmeadow, a small rural station on the Beccles & Bungay Railway in the early 1940's as modelled by R. Doe. The station is at a low level, and up above on the hill is the old workhouse. The halt serves the local hamlets of Shipmeadow and Mettingham. Financed by local business men in the print trade, the railway transported woad and linseed for the production of ink at the factory in Barsham a little further along the line. Finished products were shipped out, and also the local mills and farmers used the railway. The layout is about 6ft long x 2ft deep.
Built in the late nineteenth century the Rio Grande Southern Railrod was built to serve silver and gold mines in the San Juan mountains in Colorado, USA.
This H0n3 (3 foot gauge) line now hauls livestock, lumber, oil and agricultural produce, though the population has dropped and there are less passengers nowadays, hence you may see a "Galloping Goose" on occasions. The layout is powered by DCC with sound.
This layout depicts the entrance to the fictitious Watt's Mine (Yawzes site).
Above the River Yaw lies an area of low cliffs and deep gullies known to the locals as the "Yawzes". Mine owner James Watt discovered rare earths in exploitable quantities in the area and set up a mining operation to extrcat ore. The layout is built to a scale of 1:24 running on 16.5mm track to represent 15" gauge, the gauge/scale combination is known as "Gn15".
The basis of this layout was an old baseboard built by Ray Fothergill. It was intended for an "N" gauge layout, but that never got built. After he passed away it was given to me and naturally at the time it became a 009 layout named "Fotherbridge". This restricted track layout was lifted in 2014 and recently (2015) became a riverside scene that it is now "Ellerbank". It features a river side station and goods yard, leading over a crudely-bridged stream and past a piece of woodland, with children playing and animals and birds hopping about. It has a small fiddle-yard added with a sector plate. Layout has now been sold-on.
Jims first layout built in 009 scale. It has been a two year process so far learning new techniques along the way, but the layout is now nearing completetion. The scene is a rural setting with station and siding serving the local community.
A victorian water works scene built by Chris. Working furnaces and beam engine are animated features, while outside on the tracks the operation takes the form of a shunting puzzle moving wagons and equipment to the appropriate positions. The layout was built specifically for the 2016 ExpoNG Challenge competition.