The Dave Brewer Challenge at Expo Narrow Gauge exhibition

Dave Brewer was the Chairman of the Greenwich and District Narrow Gauge Railway Society for many years before his untimely death. The society members decided to rename the 'Chairman's Challenge' the 'Dave Brewer Challenge' in his memory.

The challenge is to build a model to be shown and judged at ExpoNG. Each year the Society picks a theme and sets the guidelines of the competition. Over the years the competitions with the most entries have always been small format layouts. This gives the modeller a deadline, a small project to try out ideas and perhaps new scales or gauges and enables them to, potentially, finish something and we hope this has encouraged modellers old and new into building in the many scales and gauges available to the narrow gauge modeller.

The 2017 Dave Brewer Memorial Challenge

For the 2017 Challenge the theme is ‘The Halt’, a small, wayside stop alongside a single, narrow gauge track. No loop, no sidings, just a single line of rails. The model is to be a diorama and is not required to operate.

  1. The model may use any scale and gauge combination, as long as it represents a narrow (ie less than 4 ft 8.5 ins) gauge, with a maximum gauge of 45 mm.
  2. Any structures may be wholly scratch-built, or use parts from kits or commercial models, but no unaltered kits or commercial models can be used.
  3. A train or rolling stock may be placed on the track, if desired.
  4. To ensure we can fit entries into the available space please use these maximum sizes:
    1. 80 cm by 30 cm by 40 cm high for gauges 32 mm and above, to a maximum of 45 mm.
    2. 60 cm by 25 cm by 30 cm high for gauges 14 mm and above, but less than 32 mm.
    3. 50 cm by 20 cm by 25 cm high for gauges 9 mm and above, but less than 14 mm.
    4. 40 cm by 15 cm by 20 cm high for all gauges below 9 mm.
  5. Any lighting can be above the height limit.
  6. The model should not have been entered in any previous competition.
  7. To be eligible, completed entry forms must be received by 31st August 2017.
  8. To be eligible, models must be presented for judging at Expo Narrow Gauge 2017.
  9. A prize, including one year’s subscription to Narrow Gauge World, will be awarded to the winner.
  10. The judges’ decision is final.

Full Rules

The Full Rules can be downloaded from this direct link - 2017 Dave Brewer Memorial Challenge Rules pdf

Entry form

The Entry Form can be downloaded from this link - 2017 Dave Brewer Memorial Challenge Entry Form pdf or as a Word Doc 2017 Dave Brewer Memorial Challenge Entry Form Doc

The 2016 Dave Brewer Memorial Challenge

Winner - Creag Dhubh Summit by Ted Polet

The 2016 Dave Brewer Memorial Challenge winner : Creag Dhubh Summit by Ted Polet
Creag Dhubh Summit : Ted Polet

Runner up - The scrapman cometh by Pete Wilson

The 2016 Dave Brewer Memorial Challenge runnerup : The scrapman cometh by Pete Wilson
The scrapman cometh : Pete Wilson

For the 2016 Challenge we returned to a small, working layout based this time on a point and three lengths of track, usually referred to as a ‘Fork’.

As usual the railway had to be narrow gauge. We attempted to leave the conditions as open as possible, for example, the relative lengths of the three tracks were not specified. Also, if any of the three tracks appeared to leave the model, it could be any one of them.

Expo Narrow Gauge 2016 Dave Drewer Challenge montage ©Simon Cox
Expo Narrow Gauge 2016 Dave Brewer Challenge montage with the winner, Creag Dhubh Summit by Ted Polet, and the runner up, The scrapman cometh by Pete Wilson highlighted in colour.

Full Rules

2016 Dave Brewer Memorial Challenge Rules pdf