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 2018 Dave Brewer Memorial Challenge

For the 2018 Challenge we have two important anniversaries to celebrate: the 50th of the Greenwich and District and the 35th of Expo Narrow Gauge. So the theme this year will be a working layout with proportions 50 by 35. The only things specified are the length, width and height of the model, the track arrangement will be up to the competitor. Oh, and the model must be narrow gauge!

  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 railway.
  2. This time it’s one size fits all, independent of scale and gauge. The maximum dimensions are: 50 cm by 35 cm by 50 cm high. However, to allow creativity the model can be any size or shape, as long as it fits within those dimensions. Likewise, the chosen viewing direction is up to the builder.
  3. No fiddle sticks, the model should be self-contained.
  4. The model must operate and trains be seen to work.
  5. Mains sockets will be available, but controller, lighting and stock should be provided by the entrant. The controller and lighting does not have to be fitted within the above dimensions.
  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 2018.
  8. To be eligible, models must be presented for judging at Expo Narrow Gauge 2018.
  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 here - 2018 Dave Brewer Memorial Challenge Rules pdf

Entry form

The Entry Form can be downloaded from here - 2018 Dave Brewer Memorial Challenge Entry Form pdf

The 2017 Dave Brewer Memorial Challenge

Winner - Halt At Major Road Ahead by Steve Pearce

The 2017 Dave Brewer Memorial Challenge winner : Halt At Major Road Ahead : Steve Pearce
Halt At Major Road Ahead : Steve Pearce

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.

Expo Narrow Gauge 2017 Dave Drewer Challenge montage ©Simon Cox
Expo Narrow Gauge 2017 Dave Brewer Challenge montage with the winner, Halt At Major Road Ahead by Steve Pearce highlighted in colour.

Full Rules

2017 Dave Brewer Memorial Challenge Rules pdf