The fifth and penultimate episode of ‘The Great Model Railway Challenge’ (Friday 2nd November 2018) challenged the three teams to create a layout based upon this week’s theme of ‘Waterworld’. The teams had three days to build their layouts before being judged by Steve Flint and Kathy Millatt on how creatively they interpreted this week’s theme, the quality of their craftsmanship and how well their layouts function. The winning team joins the winners of the past four episodes in this Friday’s grand final.
Aberdeen Model Railway Club built their layout “Clucas Bay”, named in tribute to a former Club member who sadly passed away. It featured a functioning weir, an operational dockside, a working crane and an animated delivery vehicle and used a selection of Bachmann products including:
- WAS5541 Ike’s Ice Cream Truck (Woodland Scenics)
- 44-0080 Beach Huts (Scenecraft)
- 44-055 Site Office (Scenecraft)
- 44-504 Cable Drums (Scenecraft)
- 44-519 Oil Barrels (Scenecraft)
- 44-526 Industrial Chemical Drums (Scenecraft)
Above: Scenecraft OO scale Site Office (44-055)
The Shunter Guys were connecting to the continent through their “Calais to Dover Crossing” layout which featured a rollercoaster, a log flume with real water, an intricate beach scene and the channel tunnel. They ran the Branchline OO scale Class 55 No. 55004 ‘Queen’s Own Highlander’ BR Blue with Sound (32-534DS) on their layout whilst ‘Sun Bathers’* (WA1853) and a ‘Family Fishing’* (WA1923) watched on from the beach.
(* both sets of figures are from the Woodland Scenic range)
Above: Branchline OO scale Class 55 No. 55004 ‘Queen’s Own Highlander’ BR Blue with Sound (32-534DS)
The last team to demonstrate their creation was Wakefield Railway Modellers Society with their “West Riding Marine and Stone” layout. Focused upon a canal scene, a meandering river, a swing bridge and a shunter moving coal, many Bachmann products could be seen during their demonstration including:
- 37-068 5 Plank Wagon Wooden Floor GWR Grey (Branchline)
- 37-070 5 Plank Wagon Wooden Floor LMS Grey (Branchline)
- 37-238 Triple Pack of 16 Ton Steel Mineral Wagons BR Bauxite (Branchline)
- 38-329A 13 Ton High Sided Steel Open Wagon LNER Grey (Branchline)
- 44-561 Wooden Post Yard Lamps (Scenecraft)
Above: Branchline OO scale Triple Pack of 16 Ton Steel Mineral Wagons BR Bauxite (37-238)
Contact your local stockist to purchase your Bachmann products. If you missed the fifth episode of ‘The Great Model Railway Challenge’ you can catch up by watching it on the My5 website here. Tune in to Channel 5 on Friday 9th November 2018 at 8:00pm to watch the sixth and final episode. The teams with be competing to create a layout based around the theme of ‘a Journey Through Time’ and battling to be crowned 2018 champions of the Great Model Railway Challenge!
The overall winners of the Great Model Railway Challenge will be joining us at the Warley Show (24th & 25th November 2018 at the NEC, Birmingham) so be sure to stop by the Bachmann stand and see the winning layout for yourself! Of course, we can’t reveal their identity yet, but the team will be on hand throughout the weekend to share their experiences with visitors.