Construction Started: 2011
Owned by: Malcolm Smith
Gauge: 45 mm “G” scale approx. 1:30
Exhibition Ready: Yes
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GrumblinG Goods Press Pack v2.pdf
GrumblinG Goods was designed as layout for a child (or adult) to enjoy operating at the 2011 Gloucester Model Railway Club (GMRC) show.
The layout was unexpectedly popular, with nominations for “Best in Show”. The local newspaper carried a picture of it. Children loved to drive the “G” scale engines, (roughly 1:30, and twice the size of “00”).
The track consists of a simple circuit, with a loop and three sidings of varying length. Principal buildings are a British station, signal box, house, bridge, platelayers’ hut, water tower and coal stock.
There is one power supply/controller, with various isolating breaks in sidings.
Rolling stock usually consists of a blue tank engine hauling named coaches and also a green 0-4-0 saddle tank (both made famous by the Rev. Awdry) with a short goods train from the Bachmann Thomas range. They can be replaced or augmented with stock from other manufacturers as required.
A large car is used to move the layout. Two people can set it up in about an hour, and rather less to dismantle. It has been shown outdoors under favourable weather conditions.
During the GMRC 2011 show, one visitor gave an invitation to visit the care home where she worked, as entertainment and a talking –point for the residents. Since that initial visit, GrumblinG Goods has returned and also appeared in other care homes.
In care homes, the models are used to initiate railway-related reminiscences from the residents. Members of the Gloucester Model Railway and their wives help children and adults to drive the trains. We try to spend as much time as possible listening to the residents, who are encouraged to operate the layout.
The layout has now been seen at three model railway shows, one summer display and four different care homes on several occasions.
During 2013, the layout was lengthened by four-feet to provide additional visual interest. From the reaction of visitors to the Cotswold model railway show, this was judged to be successful.