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
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.
Since obtaining the
layout a considerable amount of work has been
carried out to upgrade the electrics,track
work and scenery into how it is today.
We now have three interconnected circuits of
track to allow additional trains to be ran at
the same time. 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:-
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 gsskent(at)AOL.com.
note that GER will be at all Pratts Bottom
and Teynham Meets.
GER DETAILS ARE:
Length: 26Feet (7.92meters)
Width: 10Feet (3.05Meters)
used: Peco G-45