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Bath Green Park Station Frontage

Bath Green Park Overall Roof

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Taunton Model Railway Group

Bath Green Park

Station Approaches

Our well known and popular Bath Green Park model continues to excite both our visitors and our members with the challenge of operating such a large layout. First conceived in 1997, the actual construction began 2 years later following considerable research. Two versions have been built, with the main station; yard and engine shed areas being common to both. In the "home" layout, the Bath Junction area is a fixed section connecting to TAMERIG, our other layout, and on the "away" layout this is replicated in an expanded portable form to enable the full scale model to be exhibited when away from home. A major development on the "away" version has replaced the original end on fiddle yard with a return loop and automated storage sidings behind the main layout, allowing trains to lay over between the out and back operation and thereby avoiding the need for handling. This was achieved with new reverse curves beyond the junction between the Midland and S&D routes to give additional track length while reducing the overall "footprint" length of the model by about 4 metres (13 feet). This allows the model to fit in more venues.

Such a comprehensive model requires regular maintenance, and it has recently been completely rewired. Signalling is illuminated, working and as far as possible fully interlocked with the turnouts . Stand-alone mini-control panels for the Midland and S&D goods yards are in use to improve operating flexibility. The home version is regularly operated during our open days in support of the West Somerset Railway special events - see details listed below.

The baseboards are made from 9mm ply supported on box sections with circular holes cut out to provide strength with lightness. All track construction is built on high density foam rubber sheet which also forms the underlay for the track and ballast as appropriate. Plain track is SMP, with turnout construction using code 75 rail soldered on PCB sleepering and built to re-create to scale the original prototype track layout. There are 3 main control panels plus the two subsidiary goods yard panels.

The baseboards are made from 9mm ply supported on box sections with circular holes cut out to provide strength with lightness. All track construction is built on high density foam rubber sheet which also forms the underlay for the track and ballast as appropriate. Plain track is SMP, with turnout construction using code 75 rail soldered on PCB sleepering and built to re-create to scale the original prototype track layout. There are 3 main control panels plus the two subsidiary goods yard panels.

Buildings are scratch built with the famous Bath stone being faithfully reproduced using the correct profile window frames including the use of brass etchings. A 3D effect back scene has been created and gives real Bath "feel" to the completed model. When erected, the "away" version measures approx 17.5m x 3.6m (57' x 14').

Overall Roof

The "piece-de-resistance" must surely be the modelling of the passenger station. The overall roof, the bridges, and the signals have all been constructed to faithfully reproduce the originals using etched brass kits produced by Alan Gibson (tel: 0161-678-1607) from our own drawings to achieve the required authenticity. To achieve correct accuracy required included many site visits for photographs and measurements, supported by a library of relevant books and photos, and information willingly offered by our many supporters.

To allow the club to develop a new exhibition layout (or two) we need space. After much heart searching we have decided to dismantle the TAMERIG continuous run layout, age has finally caught up with it (some of it is over 45 years old) as a huge amount of maintenance is required to keep it running. As a result, the Bath Green Park return loops incorporated within TAMERIG in its home configuration will also disappear. To replace these we are now in the design and planning stage of building separate stand-alone return loops for Bath which will cater for its continued use within the clubroom once Tamerig has been removed. The automation of the Bath Midland and S&D return loops, only recently finished on Tamerig, will not be wasted, as the associated detection and control equipment will be transferred onto the new stand-alone return loop and storage boards. The plan now is to construct the new boards for the return loops over this summer (2017) with a view to starting the dismantling of TAMERIG in October after the West Somerset Railway Autumn Gala, with the new Bath return loop boards being erected as soon as space allows. Hopefully the whole dismantling and new return loop installation exercise will be finished over the winter and in time for the Spring Gala next year. The space to commence construction of the replacement layout(s) will then be available.

The under-construction model of Bishops Lydeard station continues to develop. With the prototype directly outside our clubroom door it can be quite truthfully claimed to be "on site in-situ" modelling! It will be able to operate as stand-alone with full seven coach train sector plates at either end, or connected to the fixed part of Bath junction when the main Bath layout is away from home to use the new return loops for more flexible operation.

On Shed

After a period of consolidation over the past few years, like all model groups we need to continue to develop, hence the forthcoming removal of TAMERIG and it's replacement by a new project. If our photos of Bath Green Park above inspire you, and you are keen to join an enthusiastic team, we always extend a warm welcome to new members, regardless of experience level. We all had to start at the beginning! Please contact us by e-mail or better still in person on Platform 1, Bishops Lydeard Railway Station. We look forward to meeting you. We are open for club nights Mondays and Thursdays from 7.30 p.m. (If you wish to come along one evening please telephone first for the details of our location on Platform 1 as it is not obvious, and where to park!)

We wish to acknowledge the considerable help and support given by our sponsors and many individuals who have so kindly loaned us information, including many personal photographs - without such generous assistance our task would have been so very much more difficult.

We seek opportunities to continue to exhibit Bath Green Park and when it's available, our Bishops Lydeard model. Please enquire via e-mail for more information on these layouts or to discuss this.

 

Our Open Days for 2017 at
Platform 1, Bishops Lydeard Station, West Somerset Railway
from 10:30am to 4:30pm with light refreshments.
Admission charge £1.50 Adult, 75p Children.

Wednesdays during the Summer Holidays: 26th July, 2nd, 9th, 16th 23rd and 30th August.
Wednesdays are cheaper. Ask for prices.

Saturday 10th June to Sun 11th June - Diesel Gala
Saturday 2nd September to Sunday 3rd September - Late Summer Gala
Friday 6th October to Sunday 8th October - Autumn Steam Gala
Friday 29th December to Saturday 30th December - Winter Steam Festival.

 

For further details on openings or for information on any of the various kits please contact the club
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