This is Yeovil Town Station (long since closed) ...
Next was "The Gas Works" an industrial "O" gauge layout which challenged the viewers as to which industry was being modelled. The club's web site provided the video via YouTube.
One little delight was a model road layout; yes a working model road layout.
The Faller Car System range is an excellent innovation, in which re-chargeable vehicles follow the roads on a layout to a pre-determined route. Available mostly in HO, but also in N, this system adds the novelty of moving traffic to your townscapes, bringing added interest and realism.
In case you wondered, the vehicles are battery powered and follow a guide wire embedded in the road surface. Very clever and very impressive. Cue for another video extract?
But the highlight of the visit for fbb was a layout called "The Summit". It is a large "O" gauge set-up with hardly any buildings and no station. There is a signalbox, based on a real building ...
The whole display was so mind-boggling that fbb lost track of what was there
At the other end of the scale was a marvellous model in "N" gauge - only it wasn't quite.
Now here's the technical bit. "OO" gauge defines models built to a scale of 4 millimetres on th model to every one foot on the real thing. But for technical reasons when this all started up pre-war some compromises had to be made. So the gauge of the track is 16.5 millimetres which equates to a little over four feet and it should be 4ft 8½inches. It's almost universal, but universally not right.
**EM gauge is 18mm. That equates to 4ft 6inches - so a bit righter. EEM (extended EM, better known and "Protofour") is a gauge of 18.83 millmetres and is correct!
Likewise "N" gauge is modelled at 2mm to the foot and has a gauge of 9 millimetres which, again is just over 4 feet. Correct would be 9.42 millimetres. **2mm finescale is based on this more correct distace between the rails.
And you though that model railway was about opening the box, putting the train on the track and driving off into nostalgia world.
It can be a simple as that, but for real hairies, it has to be better.
And a full apology to the Yeovil chum and blog reader who invited him! There just wasn't room in this blog to celebrate "your" layout, South Junction, another EM masterpiece.