Wickham Market for Campsea Ashe

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Wickham Market for Campsea Ashe

Post by jwealleans » Mon May 20, 2019 7:45 am

Wickham Market (as it will be known, because the above is too much to say quickly) is Ely MRC's new large layout to replace Thurston in the club's group of active exhibition layouts. It was publicly exhibited for the first time at the weekend at the Ely show.

The layout has been seven years in the planning and execution so far, during which time the club has moved premises and grown in personnel. One of the principal contributors was still at primary school when the idea was adopted by the Committee. A track and signalling plan is attached below.
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The layout is structurally complete but scenically still developing. Not all buildings are present or complete and those which are are still to be bedded in. There are two more semaphore signals to make along with all the ground signals. Electrically there is still work to be done and one or two new problems arose after it had been dismantled and transported for the first time. Here, for those who weren't able to attend the show, are a few photographs I was able to take late in the day. It was good to see one or two familiar faces who did attend and thanks to you for coming.

Starting at the left hand end as the public view the layout, this is Wickham Market Junction for the Framlingham branch, with signal box and crossing keeper's cottage. All the signals have been built by Jamie Rands, the club's most junior member and all will be operational.

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View across the level crossing Wickham Market Junction.

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.. and the same location viewed from further round the curve towards the station.

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Moving along the line in the Up (Ipswich) direction, the magnificent station building made by Malcolm Hine.

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Looking back across the station car park towards the direction from which we have just come, the Station Master's garden.

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Moving on to the right hand end of the layout, I'd never heard of an Airey House. These were made by Jamie's father Andrew Rands, clearly a more than competent modeller in his own right.

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The four cottages at the south end of the goods yard were built to house railway staff by the GER in 1887/8. Model by Bob Elmore.

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Some of the stock will be familiar to those who saw Thurston or follow my workbench thread, but hopefully we'll present some new and interesting items as well. Here a WD pauses at the Up starter, viewed across the goods yard.

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B12 61571, built by Graham Varley, takes an Up parcels working towards Ipswich.

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The Framlingham Branch was not able to operate due to the failure of a microswitch. I was also too dim to think of parking the branch train in the bay platform until very late in the day. It did get there eventually, though and here it is.

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When the crowds thinned at the very end of the day we gave it a few circuits of the main line. Here it is almost looking as if it's joined from the branch.

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Re: Campsea Ash for Wickham Market

Post by RayS » Mon May 20, 2019 8:56 am

Superb - can almost smell the grass not to mention smoke and hot oil!
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Wickham Market for Campsea Ashe

Post by jwealleans » Mon May 20, 2019 6:51 pm

Thank you, Ray. I hope you'll be able to come and see it in person sometime.

I've been passed some more photos, which I hope you'll find informative:

These were taken just before it was dismantled for the show, so you get an overall impression of the presentation:

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... and this is the incomplete goods shed, which I believe is the work of Keith Barker.

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There's also some video footage from the show here (starts at 9:23).
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Re: Wickham Market for Campsea Ashe

Post by manna » Mon May 20, 2019 10:01 pm

G'Day Gents.

A lot of Excellent work going on in Ely. :D

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Re: Wickham Market for Campsea Ashe

Post by drmditch » Tue May 21, 2019 7:33 am

Thank you for the above posts. It's most inspiring to see such modelling being carried out.
Please can I ask about the branch junction. There seems to be quite a length of (depending on direction of travel) of 'wrong line' running before a crossover is reached. Is this prototypical?

I ask because I have a not-dissimilar junction to create.

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Re: Wickham Market for Campsea Ashe

Post by jwealleans » Tue May 21, 2019 8:23 am

Hallo Caroline,

The wrong line running is prototypical, although there's not too much of it. There should be a crossover from Up to Bay platform just after the platform end, so the branch train runs off the branch, crosses to the Up, runs through the station and then reverses into the bay. To depart it runs out along the Up almost to the end of the headshunts and then crosses back to the Down, departing from the main Down platform. It may also shunt the yard at this point as it ran mixed twice daily.

The track plan was simplified when the expectation was that the layout would be smaller in order to fit into the old clubroom. When the decision was taken to make it as large as it needed to be and worry about the premises afterwards, that crossover and an additional one in the yard were not restored. It is the intention that they will be.

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Re: Wickham Market for Campsea Ashe

Post by Dave » Tue May 21, 2019 3:04 pm

Looks like another nice layout you are involved with.
Keep us updated.

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