It was a very, VERY hot day but the event had been well planned and ran like clockwork. Members brought a wide range of locos to compete in each challenge. The battery electrics did very well as did geared steam locos and a brave Mamod.
Four events ran through the day. Controlled Running, Pulling Power, Tug of War and the Shunting Challenge. Lots of things were going on as can be seen in the pictures.
In Pulling Power, tractive effort was measured in Grams against a spring balance.
In Controlled Running a chalice wagon is pulled round the top circuit, the winner spilling the least water.
Tug of War was run on a knock-out basis. No Garretts were allowed.
In Shunting Challenge against the clock, the engine had to propel a short rack of wagons to the sidings with a Brake Van next to the engine. Then by shunting, reverse the brake van to the rear of the train and haul the train back to its starting point.
Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun and the passing public enjoyed our activities. Lucy took the photos, helped by Elliot when her battery went flat.
Criccieth Castle setting off on the Controlled Running Challenge.
Battery electrics did best in this event.
Smooth running essential to keep the water in the chalice.
Pulling power in grams, measured with an electronic luggage scale.
Geared steam managed controlled runs too.
The Tug of War organised by a very attractive guest member.
The Shunting Challenge in full swing. Criccieth Castle about to start. Objective to shunt the wagons and guards van into reverse formation and return to the starting point in the minimum time.
The roof open to improve the loco's drag coefficient, according to its driver.
When the red flag falls, start pulling without wheel slippage. Again the Criccieth Castle ruled.
Everyone took part.
Mike winning the shunting challenge (Maybe because he understood the rules).
Mortimer on standby.
Carefull topping up.
More topping up.
Roundhouse vs Roundhouse. Criccieth Castle took on all challengers even a pair of Little Johns.
Brave attempt with a radio controlled steamer.
Another green Roundhouse.
Dead heat between Criccieth Castle and Roundhouse Lady Anne.
This young lad enjoyed his visit.
Normal running on the lower track.
Passengers at the station looked unimpressed.
Taking the strain.
Last years winner not so successful this year. The track was a bit greasy.
Mike's locos resting in the sidings.
Andrew starting the Shunting Challenge.
Measuring spillage, how much does it take to fill it up?
Lots of water.
Elliot trying controlled running with his Mamod.
Final defeat for the Criccieth Castle at the hand of a Roundhouse Silver Lady.
Everything recorded by Mike.
Time for a chat.
Mamod giving its best pull.
More splishing and splashing.
And a crash. Elliot's Mamod had a few accidents....
...before finally managing a complete run. And winning in the oscilator category.
Photos by Lucy
Andrew won the most but everyone won something.
We had an audience, not sure they knew what was going on.
A great day.
Photos by Elliot
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