Yamanouchi Oshika for sale on Ebay

Following the layouts appearance at Rotarail 2014 at Fareham College the layout has been offered for sale, without stock.



The layout has given us a lot of pleasure (and backache) and has raised the club’s profile

We hope we can find a good home for it.

Yamanouchi Oshika at Rotarail 2014

What is almost certain to be Y-O’s last public display, went off pretty well at Rotarail 2014. Minor electrical problems kept us on our toes, but the visitors – particularly one young boy,were captivated by the layout.

It could have been a sad occasion but it was an enjoyable  day at a well organised, friendly show.

For the writer it was good to have long chats with old colleagues from Fareham and South Hants clubs who were also exhibiting at the show.

The following picture- featured on the N Gauge Forum, was taken by Neal Mansell – whom we thank for permission to use on this site


Fareham 2014 Ben R, Bob Rn Tony B
Fareham 2014 with Yamanouchi Oshika final public appearance
Ben R, Bob R Tony B  (Graham A and Reg P out of shot) Picture by Neal Mansell

The crew comprised Ben, Bob, Graham , Reg and for the morning Matt-+yours truly. Thanks to them all for a long but enjoyable day.

Thanks to Nick for finding still and movies plus links and permissions

Also a short YouTube video  of the layout operating at Rotarail 2014

There are also other Y-O outings on this page

25th April meeting- new baseboard for Idylton Vale and last departure for Y-O

The baseboard was delivered by Eric and erected in committee room in front of virtually whole membership. Fits together well. There were concerns that the whole lot would not fit in one car, but my Citroen Berlingo swallowed up the whole lot. The work on the tramway layout can now start in earnest!

Yamanouchi Oshika was erected run up, taken down and packed up. Loaded into two cars and departed from the committee room for the last time.

The committee  room was packed to the gunnel’s with activity and with a near record attendance John B appeared to volunteer to make the tea/coffee and duly did so. Unfortunately he didn’t follow through with the washing up!! (Thanks to Andrew and Eric)



A “new” fact regarding Liphook railway station signalling

Reading the latest South Western Circle Monograph on the L&SWR use of low pressure pneumatic signalling by Stuart Isbister I came across the following-

“Upper quadrant signals were first introduced onto former L&SWR routes at Liphook on Sunday 25th March 1928”

Apparently no further conversion dates are recorded on “Signalling Notices” to train crew.

It also appears that about the same time distant signals generally were changed from red arms, to the now familiar yellow arm with black chevrons. The spectacle colours were changed to yellow and green (from red and green).

The description of a yellow distant signal, with arm in the horizontal position was referred to as being “at caution” rather than “at danger” as previously.

Good Friday meeting

Despite some absences, there was a good turnout of members (9)

Members were advised of the resignation of David C. It is hoped that we will be able to maintain contact and that his various modules will still be able to attend club open days

Ben  led a discussion on next stages of F/Strasse. Tramway track laying is high priority. Tony G to lead on this.

Discussion on how simple wiring could or shouldn’t be. Buildings also discussed. Some tasks were allocated or volunteered

John B was building his 500 x 500 module for October Open Day.

David P, Ben and Bob were showing off their German stock


Y-O out for final sort out- I have stock. Nick hopes to attend.

We will then load up two cars Bob’s and mine Don’t forget curtain and controllers

The crew at Rotarail on Saturday will be Ben, Bob, Reg, Graham and myself.

Layout will not return to club store at MVMH but to Ben’s

Busy weekend

The club members were at two exhibitions this weekend (12th and 13th April) exhibiting member’s layouts

Nick Harling was at Redhill exhibiting his N gauge Kanjiyama layout at the East Surrey N Gauge Show on Saturday. The layout was well received and there looks be some firm invitations for next year.

Matt Wildsmith’s Wipers, Fish-hook and Menin Sn2 layout was at the Horsham show of the Crawley MRS on Saturday and Sunday

Saturdays crew was Matt. Graham, Bob and yours truly

Sunday’s crew was expected to be Matt, Ben, David P. and Bob

The layout was well received and two invites were received on the Saturday