Last weekend (26th & 27th October 2013 for those reading this later) we were invited to Railex Taunton (also dubbed the Taunton Eat-A-Thon by the team) organised by the Somerset Railway Modellers Club. The show was really busy over the two days with some nice layouts on display. the layout was very well received as we havn’t ventured down to the southwest previously. This show we were joined by fellow club member Steve (known as Ramrig to people on RMweb) who helped out throughout the weekend.The show was thoroughly enjoyable, with the catering reaching almost legendary status for an exhibition (although the after effects of a double helping of cauliflower cheese made the air in the van chewy on the way home) – other shows have a lot to live up to on this front. Thanks to all the SRMC members for making us feel really welcome. 

The title of this blog update relates to an episode whilst loading the van on friday morning. to operate a tail lift you press a button to go up, one to go down and if you want to stop at any point, you just take your finger off the button. Ever wondered what goes on in peoples heads – I have!!!. One of our operators (wearing his tail lift operating clothes!) struggled a bit with this complex set of controls and whilst holding the button to raise the tail lift decided to shout STOP STOP STOP at the top of his voice and then realised afterwards that he had his own finger on the button!! 

This show saw a few new items on the layout. We have been working on some of these items for a long time  and it was good to finally get the on the layout. Attached are a few pictures of the items.

271013 002 No these are not LIMA! – whilst it may just look like a sprayed up lima PCA, it is actually a heavily converted PCA . The ends have been re-profiled and tapered (honest) and new walkways and additional hatches have been added to the tops. New transfers and a good dose of weathering  complete the models.


Another new model was the 2 car parcels unit – converted from the DC Kits 114 model, the unit is in the distinctive parcels red livery – Now this is complete, we assume one of the retailers will decide to make a model of one.

Class 114 parcels unit

Class 114 parcels unit

 Also new to Farkham was our Overhead Line train. Unfortunately timed to coincide with the southern pride models kit – this are definitely not the southern pride kits. Based upon record photos taken of the train formation at Portobello, Edinburgh, the train is based upon 4 heavily converted Bachmann MK1s with new roof and ends and lots of etched brass / stainless steel attachments. They are painted in the traditional engineers olive-green and lightly weathered. The 5th vehicle in the train is the cable drum carrier which is a  scratch built chassis with etched mesh floor and etched cable drum holders.

The OLE train

The OLE train

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 This completes our update from Taunton. We are out again on the 9th & 10th november at the Spalding Show, which we are really looking forward to. Hopefully we will see some of our friends to share a LAGER with.

Further stock updates to follow at this show.

 Thanks for reading.




End of Season Review

Its been quite a while since our last outing in february with the layout but the team has been busy during this time working on some challenging and interesting new items of stock ready for our visit to the Taunton and Spalding exhibitions in a few months time.

During this time we have also written a couple of articles about the Layout and stock.

The layout has appeared in the spring issue (MR181) of Model Rail and the photos by taken by Chris Nevard were really great (You truly can polish a Turd!).MR181_Cover

Heres are a pic taken by Chris which has had some cloud cover added.

“Its a dull day in the Yard”.

Farkham, photographed for Model Rail 6 November 2012

We have also recently had an article published about our model of the RM74 Ballast Cleaner in the Railway Modeller (issue July 2013).

With quill and ink pushed to one side for a while at least, work has recommenced on working through our list of new stock for the layout. The list is split (unequally and unfairly) into short and longer term projects, our only headache being which stock to remove from the layout to make way for the new stuff. 

A recent sort through of stock has seen at least 5 of our older train formations consigned to the store cupboard. This means that in the last 3 years nearly 50% of the stock on the layout has changed.

Heres a taster of things to come! – CAN YOU TELL WHAT IT IS YET!



We are struggling to tell and we are building the thing!!!!!!

And then there were 2

“How hard can it be, we’ll be fine” I said. 

On the   10th & 11th November, we took the layout to the Hull show, unfortunately one of the tem had to work that weekend and therefore this meant that despite trying to find a replacement from within our wider group, just tow of us took the layout to the show. With some assistance with loading and unloading the van at the club and a bit of help at the show, it is definitely something that we do not wish to repeat. To say it was knackering was an understatement – What i hear you cry “just playing trains knackering – get a real job”, well yes  all that is true but it was!. Operating two main lines, shunting in a goods yard and changing trains round in the fiddle yards all on ones own (over lunch – 10m mins fr some people and an hour for others (after they have changed into their dining clothes that is!!!) is not an easy task. One question from a visitor and its carnage (should that be trainage?).

Having said all of that, the show went well and seemed busy for most of the day. We were lucky enough to win a trophy for the best modern image item/layout which was great.

New on the layout this month was a new loco 37351 in old railfreight red stripe. This loco is due to pull a rake of PTA ore wagons when they are complete.

Hopefully they will be ready for our next show which is the BRM event in Doncaster in February 2013.

If we get our collective fingers out, we are hoping that there will be a few more items to add to the stock for then as well, it just depends upon how much booze we have.

Farkham – there is only one F in Farkham!

Hi, Welcome to the Farkham Blog.

This is our new site where we plan to provide up to date information about the layout, where we are exhibiting next, where we have been and progress on new stock for future shows.

On the associated pages, you can find a potted history and details of Farkham and some photos of the layout.

We hope you enjoy the content, thanks for reading.


Dave, Alex  & Paul