I had a lot of fun operating John Greenwood's 'Wadebridge' layout last weekend, thanks to his kind invitation to help out.
John uses Lenz DCC to control the trains, which is so easy use and I felt right at home straight away. While the signals (when they get installed!) and points work separately from traditional leaver frames - most satisfying! Coupling are all DG automatics with delayed uncoupling prompted via under-baseboard electro-magnets. John, of course, is the "G" in DG!
Here are the last of my photos from a wonderful weekend in good company and playing with John's superb and still-evolving 'Wadebridge' layout. The first four photos are more general views, this time showing the builder in his natural setting behind the layout entertaining the public!
Jerry (queensquare) posted a photo of 'Wadebridge East Box' earlier. But the following is my view showing the other (Bodmin) end of this box.
The two photos below show the Town Quay area again; one showing the sidings from the operator's side, the other from the front showing the buildings clustered around Molesworth Street and the Medieval bridge over the River Camel.
The next photo was taken while packing up the layout and shows the underside of the baseboard which carries the loco shed and turntable - the mechanism for which you can see here. Who says DCC only needs two wires!!
Next is a photo of John's 'masterplan' for his 2mm scale version of the complete Bodmin & Wadebridge and parts of the North Cornwall Railway, circa 1935-45. John is currently building this 'empire' in the loft of his home in Wadebridge. The track laying is nearly complete but there's lots more scenery still to do. Certain portions of this will be removable for exhibiting, such as 'Wadebridge' here, and 'Wenford Bridge Goods Sidings' - the latter you may already have seen on the show circuit during the last 20 years, and noted for its amazing operating gantry crane and working road vehicles!
The next two (slightly blurry) photos show some of the Southern Railway publicity material attached to the fascia of John's 'Wadebridge' layout. These reinforce the 'sense of place' already becoming apparent from John's work.
A little box of John's locos! This photo of these 2mm jewels - including all three Beattie Well Tanks - was taken as we packed up on Sunday.
If you'd also like to experience this 2-mil portrayal of Wadebridge station for real - here's your chance: It will be more scenically complete and next on show at the Helston, Cornwall exhibition 26-27 April 2014 http://www.fmrc.co.uk/diary.html and then the following month at Railex, Aylesbury 24-25 May 2014 http://www.railex.org.uk/ Be there and see it!
Edited by Phil Copleston, 08 November 2013 - 00:29 .