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2FS Supermeet Tutbury

Posted by Ian Smith , 26 June 2016 · 885 views

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2FS Supermeet Tutbury

Well yesterday was the 2mm Association's Supermeet at Tutbury. What a thoroughly enjoyable day it was too, a big thanks to John Aldrick and his team for organising such a successful event.

 

I had been invited to attend with "Modbury", so arrived on Friday evening to set everything up. Unfortunately, a couple of Gremlins had snuck into the hall and had been having fun at my expense! The turnout controlling access into the yard refused to move in either direction which was somewhat annoying as it prevented anything other than main line running. Despite a thorough investigation, involving removal, testing and re-installation of the memory wire actuator on both Friday evening and Saturday morning I was unable to resolve the issue. Luckily this type of event is more of a social affair, so I don't think anyone noticed that the only running was on the main line, and those that did were kind enough not to mention it.

 

Over the last 3 months or so progress on Modbury has been quite significant; all of the point rodding being installed, the Up and Down Starters being constructed and installed, the back scene painted and a start made on the scenery as well as the Down Waiting Shelter and platform being added too.

 

The photos below hopefully show progress to date, being taken on Saturday morning before the show opened. Unfortunately I did not manage to take any photos of the other layouts attending the show.

 

Overall View of the layout
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View in the Up direction towards Newton Abbot
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View in the Down direction towards Plymouth
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And a couple of slightly closer images showing the Waiting Shelter and the Road Overbridge
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It was a thoroughly enjoyable day, although I don't think I've ever spent so long talking! It was also nice to receive so many favourable comments on the layout - thank you to all.

 

Ian

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Good progress Ian.  Shame about the turnout did the memory wire forget what it was meant to do? I found with a tortoise point motor I could move it by hand if necessary (it was a wire disconnected not a tortoise failure. I am planning to use servos next. I don't suppose they can be moved by hand.

I was a little less than complementary about your backscene before but it looks quite effective in the photos. I see just after you did it Mike Raithby did an article for the 2mm Mag on backscenes.

It does seem to capture the atmosphere of a small GW station as seen in photos (I only knew them in BR days).

 

One minor suggestion in one of the photos the exit hole for the trains shows up as the white FY area is visible. If that area was painted green it might not show up as much. You might be planning to hide it with trees although not so easy when it is on and embankment.

Don

Good progress Ian.  Shame about the turnout did the memory wire forget what it was meant to do? I found with a tortoise point motor I could move it by hand if necessary (it was a wire disconnected not a tortoise failure. I am planning to use servos next. I don't suppose they can be moved by hand.

I was a little less than complementary about your backscene before but it looks quite effective in the photos. I see just after you did it Mike Raithby did an article for the 2mm Mag on backscenes.

It does seem to capture the atmosphere of a small GW station as seen in photos (I only knew them in BR days).

 

One minor suggestion in one of the photos the exit hole for the trains shows up as the white FY area is visible. If that area was painted green it might not show up as much. You might be planning to hide it with trees although not so easy when it is on and embankment.

Don

Don,

Thank you for the positive comments.  A couple of times during the day I did move the offending point by hand but forgot to throw the relevant switch on the panel!  Because 2mm events are more social than anything else I decided that it was easier to just run through trains.

 

Re the back scene (or anything else for that matter), I am my own worst critic!  Comments offered by others are fully taken on board, and I do feel that the back scene gets better from left to right (the right hand end panel with the church steeple on being the last to be done proving that things really do improve with practice!)

 

The mouse hole at the end of the embankment will hopefully be disguised a little by a tall tree in the hedgerow, but if unsuccessful I might use your suggestion and paint the traversers green (or at least shade not so jarring as stark white!)

 

Ian

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Ian Morgan
Jun 28 2016 07:56

One thing I always notice in photos from the early days of the railways is the scarcity of trees in those days. You might need to think of somethings else to mask the fiddle yard openings.

One thing I always notice in photos from the early days of the railways is the scarcity of trees in those days. You might need to think of somethings else to mask the fiddle yard openings.

Ian,

I agree that the area within the lineside fences would not have any trees, but what I intend to do is position one (or two) in the hedgerow in front of the embankment.  My theory being that the field boundary would have been there long before the coming of the railway, and to reinforce it a little the same hedgerow will be continued on the far side of the line - the railway effectively bisecting an old field.

 

Ian

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