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50 YEARS OF WESTPORT

Michael H Walshaw concludes his two part article celebrating the Golden Jubilee of his 00 guage layout. Photographs by the author.



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Exhibitioning

Westport went to its first exhibition with the Railway Enthusiasts' Club in Farnborough in 1969. It has now been to 42 exhibitions, extending from Portsmouth to Rickmansworth in the South, from Doncaster to Blairgowrie in the North and most recently to RAIL 2000 at 's-Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands where it won the award for the Best Foreign Layout. I expounded my theories on exhibition running and the neglected subject of 'showmanship' in an article in the June 1991 issue of Model Railways.
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Westport's platform Startingsignals. These are pure LSWR apart from the Westinghouse shunt disc signal fitted by the SR that authories movements from the bay Platform to the Down Siding.

The Lulworth Camp Military Railway

I mentioned in my article in the April 1998 BRM that my 'Grand Retirement Project' is the construction of the next bit of railway along from Westport - namely Westport Gas Works and nearby Lulworth Camp and its Military Railway. These now occupy a two-section baseboard measuring 9' 5' x 3' set up in an adjacent railway room. The new layout is joined to Westport by a non-scenic link span carrying the connecting line that comes in just opposite the signal box, as shown in the recently revised signalling diagram on page 47. The new layout has changed the railway geography from that shown previously and Westport is now situated where Lulworth was. It has also changed the way the station is operated, since all trains for the Gas Works and Lulworth Camp are obliged to use the Bay Platform or the Carriage Siding to get there. A totally new four-hour operating sequence has been devised and the twin layouts can now employ four or five operators: Tunnel Junction Driver/Signalman, Westport Signalman, Westport Driver and one or two operators at Lulworth Camp. However Westport Station can still be operated and exhibited on its own, and the new layout can also go out by itself with a cassette yard to feed trains in as if from Westport. The story of the new layout remains to be told in future articles, though its lighting system was described in the July 1998 and October 1999 issues of BRM. Westport is at the Dunfermline MRC's Annual Exhibition at the Glen Pavilion, Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline, Fife, on Saturday and Sunday April 28/29 2001 - come along and help us celebrate our Golden Jubilee there! The layout is also booked to appear at the Railway Enthusiasts' Club's Golden Jubilee Year Exhibition at the Leisure Centre, Woking, Surrey on September 13/14 2003.

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