San Maria Gandia was awarded the Railway Modeller Shield for the best layout in show at FebEx2017. Bob Treacher, former proprietor of Alton Model Centre, judged the shows layouts on behalf of Peco Publications.
SMG is a fictitious Spanish narrow gauge line set in a rural part of Valencian Community around 1967, in the shadow of a RENFE branch line, interwoven with a (working) provincial road. Inspired by various lines around Spain, SMG uses analogue controls and Faller road system.
Replicated features include; open steam-hauled street running, level crossing with rolling barriers, and an unusual rail/road shared single-bore tunnel. SMG’s principle freight remains coal from Gandia Port to the power station in San Maria, but the determined little line is losing other traffic to improving road services, and seems liable to follow the local mine into closure.