This years Wheeltapper Competition took place on Friday the 7th of March. When invited guest judge and speaker Tim Watson from The Model Railway Club's Copenhagen Fields layout came
along to Judge the models on show and then to come up with the overall winner.
Roy Norton (left) receiving the Wheeltapper Trophy from Tim Watson.
London – Paris ‘Night Ferry’ CIWL Sleeper Coach
CIWL Type F (ferry) sleeper coach as outshopped in 1936. from 13th October 1936 the Southern Railway and the Nord Railway (later SNCF) ran nightly through
services London – Paris and Paris – London. Passengers remained in the coaches (hopefully asleep!) as they were shunted onto specially constructed rail ferries
at Dover and Dunkerque. Based on the continental CIWL sleepers, the F type coaches were reduced in size to meet the UK loading gauge and to make up for lost space they
included a 'blind vestibule end' to accommodate a pantry and car heating boiler. The last Night Ferry ran on 31st October 1980.
The model is 4mm/OO scale, based on a MARC Models brass kit and are largely soldered construction. It has been improved with added detail including scratch-built underframe and roof detail.
Photographs, by Anthony Mead unless stated otherwise
Below are a selection of models that were entered by other club members for the competition.