So September began with a fine sunny day; just what was needed for our inaugural
Competitors were required to manage their engine and train safely over a long run
involving 4 anticlockwise and one clockwise circuits. They also had to couple, shunt
stock and turn, and carefully judge their speed over our temporary speed limit'.
An extensive overall test that took each of them 35-50 minutes. We were pleasantly
surpised at how successful they were at the speed limit test, all managing to regulate
the train to within a +0mph/-1mph tolerance, and without any speedometer on the
I think all competitors enjoyed the challenge, as did the rest of us as spectators,
especially during the reverse running. I think this has inspired several members
to look at improving our pointwork so that reverse circuits are easier to set up
and give smoother running.
All in all it was great to just be playing trains instead of fundraising, or working
hard on maintaing and developing our facilities.
And the winner was...... Mr John Copestick, with Allan Leary as runner up.
My special thanks to the three bold souls, Allan, Brian and John, who were prepared
to put their driving skills to the test in front of an audience. Our thanks also
go to all who helped make this successful, especially to Mark Dale and Neil, our
competition judges, members who acted as track marshalls, Bill for his signal expertise
and not least the ladies who kept us supplied with refreshments.