Mainline Rally Application

The Ryedale Society of Model Engineers (RSME) and the Lindsey Model Engineers (LMS) run rallies for 5 inch gauge locomotives and stock biannually at the RSME miniature railway Gilling.

In the spring (mid May) and the summer (mid-late August)  two day and 3 day events are run where a dawn-to-dusk timetable is operated for trains of differing stock composition. From mainline passenger trains to goods mineral trains and local pickup goods and passengers services, participants have the opportunity to see and take part in a re-creation, at approx 1/12th scale, of the golden age of steam railways.

Applications are invited for drivers and crew of scale model locomotives that are capable of pulling at least two Aristocraft style coaches or more. The engines must be reliable as a breakdown on the railway will disrupt the timetable. Breakdowns did happen on the full size railway of course and we can also rescue a failed engine back to shed using prototypical means (another engine).

The RSME railway is controlled by North Eastern lower quadrant semaphore signals and drivers must observe and strictly keep to the signalling. The trains can be heavy, the stock is often worth more than the locomotives so strict discipline is required to avoid damage to models, or worse, injury to drivers and spectators.

Novices may find that it is helpful to visit and watch a rally or two before applying to run because we don't want anyone to be intimidated at a first appearance. Given the need to be in steam and ready to go precisely on the clock and then to run to the signalled block working is a bit of a challenge at first. We hope that RSME/LMS rallies will get under your skin and become a must for the world of 5” steam railway modelling.

We do have many fine diesel outline (battery electric) models at rallies often with very realistic sound systems.

There is a limited capacity at rallies of approximately 35 locos. Quite a bit of beautiful scale stock is already at Gilling but we need as much as we can get. Applicants are asked to bring whatever they can.

Additionally we need manpower to operate the rallies so applicants are asked to indicate that they are willing to take a turn (or two) in shunting yards, motive power shed duty, gate guarding or whatever. Those determined not to help may not make the cut if we get too many applications.

Remember that, with a steam loco, you must bring a current Boiler Certificate, a club membership card and your club certificate of insurance.

Please also note that  locos at rallies must not have ashpans open at the bottom or with holes that burning ash can get through to drop on the track.  We have suffered signficant plastic sleeper damage at recent rallies.

 

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