Whilst at the Watercress Lines Spring Steam Gala last year myself and Dave of LocoYard went on a tour of the Medstead wagon yard. During the tour we got talking to one of the Watercress Lines wagon gang (a brilliant set of guys but are all completely insane) and he told us about their new interactive model railway they had recently built in a wagon, which was on display in Alresford Sidings.
The former Parcels and Miscellaneous Van has been converted to become an interactive model for the younger guests. It is powered basically through a big extension cord that attaches under the wagon and powers all the electronics inside. The interactive model railway PMV S 1995 had the last finishing touches completed only a couple of days before the gala and was moved down to Alresford for display in the cattle dock siding for the Gala. The interactive model railway is the result of nearly two years work by the Basingstoke and North Hants Model Railway Society and the Watercress Line, and as you can partly see from the photos, it looks good. The layout has been designed to demonstrate the skills of signalling and how they control the railway.
Once you have gone through all the commands the locomotives automatically set off and go a loop of the track and return to the start which starts the cycle all again. It is a brilliant idea, the work by the Wagon Gang and the Basingstoke and North Hants Model Railway Society is truly amazing and they deserve a huge congratulations for there achievement.
Now before we go just a couple of photos of the actual layout in the wagon with some rolling stock
Nice bit of a scenery