The original Waveybridge layout was constructed from various 'bits and bobs' that had been discarded by other layouts and were lying around the clubhouse. It was designed to be a first venture into DCC control by the club using the Bachmann Dynamis control system. It appeared at the Spring Gala Weekend on the West Somerset Railway (Minehead Station) in March 2013. Shortly after this debut it was broken up although the base boards were salvaged to be used as the basis of Waveybridge II.
Waveybridge II progressed steadily with track laid and ballasted. Electrical wiring of the junction board proved a real challenge even for the electrical guru Graham. The layout was placed into storage in 2014 for three months while a new clubroom was found. Once unpacked and assembled in the new club room it became apparent that the old baseboards did not cope well with storage and after endless problems with baseboard alignment it was decided to scrap all aspects of Waveybridge II.
Scratch built goods shed.
Waveybridge Rises Again!
It was quickly realized that the supporting legs had to be modified in such a way as to secure the boards to the support legs and enable the sections of boards to be bolted securely together.
At the same time one genius (who will remain anonymous) decided it would be a great idea to build the baseboards in curved segments and as a result Waveybridge is roughly a stretched S shape 25ft long. I will leave the club members and public to decide if the layout shape is reflected in the name.
Early days of track testing.
Track laying and wiring proceeded and at the same time the basic scenery outline was built up using yellow insulation foam blocks and covered with a mixture
of PVA glue and polyfilla. The road formation and bridge locations were put in place, platform constructed (but need to be finished) and construction of
station buildings begun. At the present time the wiring is complete and rolling stock runs smoothly on the complete layout. Railway cuttings are being
painted and static grass is being applied.|
Progress has been rapid despite the adverse influence from the O gauge circus across the room - Bill please keep the dinosaurs under control. There is still a long way to go and one crucial decision still to be made revolves around the use of the land at the end of the long siding (any suggestions would be welcome - IN POLITE LANGUAGE ONLY). On the 'To do list' remains tree making, fencing, house construction, signal box, signals and general railway infrastructure. So there you have the start of WAVEY BRIDGE THE THIRD a branch line terminus.
Scratch built station building based on photos of Portsmouth Arms.
Layout features numerous deep cuttings.
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