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There are many fine layouts on RMWeb in a wide variety of scales and gauges but Gauge 1 seems rather under-represented.  

 

It was a year ago that the East Anglia Group of G1MRA heard the devastating news of the loss of our premises where we kept our exhibition layout "Anglia Roads" and held our regular meetings,  Thanks to the hard work of many members, not least our indefatigable chairman, six months later we were up-and-running with a new layout, "Hobson Central". 

 

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There is still much to do but as this is now of a modelling nature it seemed an appropriate time to start a new topic showcasing what we do.  In the meantime here's a link to the G1MRA website and details of our group.

 

https://www.g1mra.com/local-groups/east-anglia-group/

 

More to come if you are interested.

 

Chris Turnbull

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This is the station area on Hobson Central with a bit of work going on at the far end to realign some of the track to provide a smoother run through the station throat, something that only became obvious after substantial test running.  Many comments were received along the lines of "Why don't we ...", some good, some less so.  The tracks at this end of the platforms have already had similar work carried out on them which has meant that the right-hand platform will have to be rebuilt.  Fortunately the platform builder is also one of those suggesting these track alterations (and helping to carry out the work) so there were no ructions. 

 

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Once the final arrangement has been decided ballasting can take place.  This is just such a section with a rather nice bridge that was donated to the group and that fits nicely over this section of the tracks.  The outer two tracks are loops whilst the three centre tracks are the main running lines.

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The sun streams in through the skylights which makes a very pleasant environment in what we call the "track hall" - but it does play havoc with photography.  Some of the group's stock can be seen in the sidings; a short raft of private-owner wagons, a rake of Gresley teaks and another rake of BR Mk1s.  Some members prefer to bring their own stock to match their locomotive(s) but it can be easier if stock is readily available.  Gauge 1 can be heavy and unwieldy!  Note the steps over the tracks for the less nimble members.

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Here's the platforms under construction. nothing unusual but good, solid construction quite a bit larger than the norm on RMWeb.

 

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And here's the platform undergoing clearance tests:

 

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These tracks are not wired, this Brush Type 2 being battery powered and radio-controlled.

 

Chris Turnbull

(Photos by Nick Barlow)

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Whilst the layout itself is being built to reflect British practice the East Anglia Group's members have models of many different railways around the world some of which are considerably larger than we are used to in this country.  This variety is one of the delights of Gauge 1 but the track must be capable of taking them without danger of collision with similar trains travelling on the other tracks or striking lineside structures.  Here's one example being tested to check the 12 feet radius curves are not too sharp.

 

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Fortunately the test was successful so it was allowed to run under steam.

 

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Chris Turnbull

(Photos by Nick Barlow)

 

 

 

   

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One of the great pleasures of Gauge One is the social aspect of its members.  On Saturday 18th May the East Anglia Group held an American Day when we invited any of our members and those of neighbouring groups who had American prototypes to come along and run them.  An excellent day was had by all which bodes well for future such events.

 

Here we see two electrically powered models, an Aristocraft Mallet with matching passenger cars and a Burlington Zephyr.

 

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And here are two Aster Union Pacific Big Boys and an Accucraft Norfolk and Western J class which is being prepared for a run by its owner.

 

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Next time, back to British outline.

 

Chris Turnbull

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