Ridgeway Vale

Ridgeway Vale – A Brief History¬† …..¬† so far

This layout was the idea of some of the older members of the Club under the guidance of Terry Mabb. The remit was to provide a test facility in 00 gauge that would be portable & prectical for its members. Having sourced six doors and a trolley, and after a lot of effort a 16 ft x 6 ft table-top layout was built giving 4 running loops with holding loops on each circuit. When a number of junior members joined the Club this layout became their base (see Junior Members Section page).

In 2014 it was decided to try to enhance the basic design with added scenery. However it had to be portable and removable. Work started in earnest and by mid-2015 it showed that anything was possible, no matter what skills the modeller possessed. The junior members are now involved and will continue to be in the future, hand making scenes to fit. As the photos below will show the basic test layout is becoming more and more interesting as time goes on.

The addition of scenery is not the only improvement. Experiments are now being conducted with digital command control (DCC) with all the improvements this brings such as multiple train running and control of sounds and other loco functions.

 

Two of the group members look on whilst a West Country class loco heads a train of brown & cream carriages under the signal gantry

Two of the group members look on whilst a West Country class loco heads a train of brown & cream carriages under the signal gantry

Class 33 diesel 'Earl Mountbatten of Burma' heads a train of BR standard carriages

Class 33 diesel ‘Earl Mountbatten of Burma’ heads a train of BR standard carriages

Bird's eye view showing scenery in July 2015. The scenery consists of a number of separate modules or dioramas

Bird’s eye view showing scenery in July 2015. The scenery consists of a number of separate modules or dioramas

Bird's eye view from the church end showing scenery completed by July 2015

Bird’s eye view from the church end showing scenery completed by July 2015

A Hall class loco heads a train of vintage Great Western clerestory coaches up the main line

A Hall class loco heads a train of vintage Great Western clerestory coaches up the main line

A class 2MT 2-6-2T tank engine passes under the bridge

A class 2MT 2-6-2T tank engine passes under the bridge

Rebuilt West Country Class locomotive 'Launceston' heads a train on the outer circuit

Rebuilt West Country Class locomotive ‘Launceston’ heads a train on the outer circuit