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Latest news and developments on site

The pictures below show some of the activities and developments that have taken place since the beginning of 2015:


January 2018

Our annual post-Christmas dinner as usual was held in the Buckfastleigh Station Restaurant .....

January 2018

....with 54 happy members,wives and partners present this was our largest and best annual lunch yet.

January 2018

The inspection gang ran their little train round the mini garden railway to check all was now OK.....and it was...

January 2018

....just in time for the 2018 season to be opened by a "Royal" visitor...(he's in red). Our coaches weren't good enough or fast enough so he brought his own railcar...nice.

December 2017

With the show behind us time for some serious (and not so serious) maintenance to the layout and to the gardens.....

December 2017

....but this is all looking a bit serious....3 drills and a sealant gun.......

September 2017

For the first time, this year the club held a summer BBQ, in September. About 40 members and partners attended and the event was pronounced a great success!

September 2017

....the opportunity was taken for some day night running....the sights and sounds of live steam mixing brilliantly with the smells and sounds of sausages and burgers!

July 2017

After weeks of work by the maintenance team we finally have 3 hat pegs!.

July 2017

....ooh and by the way, the shed is now fully clad and watertight...looks good, doesn't it.....well done chaps!.

May 2017

The Hon Sec trying to pin down all those annoying white furry things...or is he laying some more Gauge 1 track?

May 2017

Two new shed roof supports.....but what are those new trusses for?

May 2017

Who's this trying to get in without paying his running fee?....some people really are roofless ....but the shed isn't.The sag has been corrected and the shed is now watertight.

May 2017

....gardening...or trampling the flowers down? Looks fun anyway.

April 2017

The end of the chairman?

April 2017

Graham Wilkins has stepped down from the Chairman's role after 20 years of of loyal and knowledgeable service. He was one of the original founding members of the club and joint instigator of the annual Exeter Garden Railway Show which is now recognised as one of the leading shows in the country. His input and enthusiasm on the committee will be missed but he will still be an active club member and has promised to continue his ever popular Christmas Quiz.........thanks for everything Graham.

March 2017

Spring has sprung....

March 2017

....and the garden railway looks a bit brighter

January 2017

A few days after the party and the gauge one sidings are now reconnected to the rest of the layout.

January 2017

The gardens around the layout have received a much needed prune and tidy up.

January 2017

Start the year off with a party! Our annual dinner was great fun as usual.

December 2016

A lovely new visitor sign to show the layout name and who we are.

December 2016

I hope this is going to fit..........

December 2016

..........I felt it would!

December 2016

Water has penetrated the baseboard seams at this point.This removable tarpaulin will have to stay in place until better weather enables a more permanent fix.

December 2016

So that's what is under the tarp! We are trialling using the new Filcris board as a replacement for ply. Hopefully it will last longer and require less maintenance.

November 2016

The A frame has now grown handles making it much easier to deploy.

November 2016

The right sort of leaves obviously!

October 2016

Are you sure if we bury Thomas, Annie and Clarabel under here no one will know?

October 2016

The canopy has gained a natty light - so that's what the trench is for - electric cabling.

June 2016

Finger added to the signpost near the Miniature Railway showing where the main attractions are !

June 2016

Another fire point - this one at the end of the Gauge 1 steam up area.

June 2016

The canopy over the narrow gauge steam up area is now resplendent in authentic GWR colours .

June 2016

The first of three fire points showing our continuing commitment to safety on site.

May 2016

The newly painted fence and crossing gate looking very smart in the May sunshine.

May 2016

The site is looking lovely in the Spring sunshine and I couldn't resist a quick picture of the picnic table and bench in the public viewing area.

April 2016

A new fence has been installed between our viewing area and the miniature railway and a huge new post erected to support the crossing gate.It just needs painting now!

April 2016

The bridge to the Morton Road terminus is now firmly fixed in position with one of the lines laid with dual gauge track. A heavy steam train proves the strength of the new bridge.

March 2016

The edging to the baseboards has become warped and untidy in places. We are using Filcris to replace the wood edge which not only looks better and has a smoother finish but hopefully will last longer and not need replacing for a long time.

March 2016

The footbridge giving access to the centre of the layout has now been fitted with anti-slip chequer plates.

February 2016

Some new buffers at Morton Road.

January 2016

Scalpings laid around members picnic table to allow wheelchair access at all times of the year


January 2016

New gable end fitted to narrow gauge steaming bay.

January 2016

Christmas Lunch at Buckfastleigh Station restaurant.

January 2016

Christmas Lunch - different viewpoint.

December 2015

The South Devon Railway's head gardener has very kindly arranged for a super picnic bench to be donated to us for the visitors area next to our layout. This picture shows roughly where it will be situated once we have placed concrete slabs for it to stand on. Thanks Nick.

September 2015

6 months ago we planted a hedge dividing our viewing area from the miniature railway. It is slow growing but the divide is coming on well - I suppose that will mean it will soon want trimming!

September 2015

This wagon was once used by RGB builders of Barnstaple for moving materials around their large town centre builders yard. When we received it, it was only a fairly rotten chassis,a frame and some wheels.A few days later and our maintenance team had transformed it.

September 2015

Morton Road now has 32 mm track laid and the first steam loco advances cautiously over the temporarily placed bridge.

August 2015

The 32 mm head of steel advancing towards Morton Road. Dual gauge to follow shortly.

August 2015

A garden railway? Now whoever came up with that idea?

July 2015

The fence behind the narrow gauge steam up area has been replaced and is just waiting for its first coat of preservative.

June 2015

A general view taken from the footbridge of half our site showing it looking lovely in the June sun. Not sure what Barrie is pointing at though.

March 2015

Newly painted bench ( Sorry I couldn't think of anything else to say about it) - but it does look nice

January 2015

The path under the baseboard near to the Narrow Gauge Steam Up area has been lowered. Those of us over a certain age now have less bending to do and thus have easier access to the centre of the layout at this end but more importantly it is much more wheelchair friendly for our disabled members.

January 2015

The step up to the Narrow Gauge Steam up area has been replaced with a gentle slope.