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Scalefour South West 2011


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Some of you may remember Mere Mk 1, a small station in Wiltshire on the erstwhile Wincanton and Warminster Branch of the Somerset & Dorset Joint Rly. This showed what might have happened if Mere had become the terminus of a much truncated through route. Version 2 shows restoration as a through route, so we now have through trains running Templecombe - Westbury plus a shuttle of Wincanton – Mere locals and the usual freight, milk and perishables workings.

The track layout for New Mere is based around Dorstone on the Golden Valley Railway. Mere though, is signalled and operated as a Block Post about seven miles from Wincanton and thirteen from Warminster. There is a route plan on the left hand staging yard screen as you face the layout. Nearly all the buildings and the like have been recycled from the old layout. Some new structures have been built where required. Plain track is courtesy of 'Exactoscale', switch & crossing work has used a combination of C&L and Trax2 templates. The locomotives and rolling stock you will see consists of that which previously operated on Mere 1, plus a new batch of wagons, coaches and locos.

An attempt has been made to create an operating sequence based on the S&D 1950 summer timetable. Thus there are two Templecombe - Westbury through trains each way daily, a Wincanton - Mere shuttle four to five times daily, and a Saturday Warminster - Mere service provided by the (Great) Western Region. On the goods side, there are various workings together with a milk and perishables train which runs in the early afternoon.

We operate using a' Digitrax' DCS50 system, with other accessories using a separate power supply

Presented by Chris Longley.