GER Portable Track 2012 - 2017



Over a number of years the Kent Group has been operating its own track at exhibitions and indoor meets. This track, The Garden of England Railway, was built, maintained and operated by members of the Kent Group. It was felt that further development would be difficult without a major rebuild and after discussion with the original builders it was decided to look at possible alternatives.

A layout existed within the area which had been to several events:-Swiss and Welsh. Unfortunately the owner - Mr Robert Maynard-Smith had passed away and his son was unable to devote the time and commitment to exhibiting and maintaining the layout. Pat, Robert's wife, kindly offered to sell "Swiss and Welsh". The Kent Committee put the proposal to purchase the layout to the membership at the AGM. Once agreed the purchase was made with costs being offset by the sale of our existing track. This gave the group a larger layout with scope for further enhancement and one which is quicker to erect and dismantle at exhibitions, an important consideration to those who help with this task.

The track has been operated by the Kent Group in its existing form and opportunities made for the Kent membership to view the layout and make comments regarding future refurbishment. The layout has now been subjected to considerable work and change. It was initially named GER II to distinguish it from the previous layout GER and displayed and operated in its new form. We have now renamed it to GER. Again, this has given the group a chance to "fine-tune" and the results are:-

The layout consists of two interconnected circuits which can be run separately, with one station and a separate set of storage sidings which can be added as an extra in two places where space permits. This gives us the ability to house and run more members stock than ever before.

When the track was purchased it was digitally controlled, which limited its use by members. Following members comments made work has been undertaken to enable the track to operate under both digital and analogue control, hopefully allowing more members to make use of it. The next stage will be some scenic work and a review of the extension.

The track will be used at future indoor meets and members are urged to take the opportunity to come and run your own stock on GER. As changes are made they will be reflected in articles on our website, but any questions can be answered at gscale_info@btinternet.com.

Please note that GER will be at all Pratts Bottom and Teynham Meets.

More information for members can be obtain by request using via the "Contact us" link page.





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