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York 2018

Posted by D869 , 02 April 2018 - * * * * * · 772 views

So the much advertised snow didn't materialise (or rather it materialised mostly as rain) and we made it back in pretty good time from York. Maybe the promise of snow put off the usual Easter bank holiday trippers because the roads were fairly clear... of traffic if not water. The show was an enjoyable one with us parked next to the 2mm roadshow and...


Syston 2018

Posted by D869 , 18 February 2018 - - - - - - · 615 views

Our first show of 2018 has come and gone. Not too far from base - organised by the Syston club but actually in Sileby, not far from Rothley. 
The organisers were very welcoming and we were awarded two prizes for best layout including a trophy and some bottles of wine. We will now need to organise a function to provide an opportunity to consume said w...


Manchester 2017

Posted by D869 , 04 December 2017 - - - - - - · 744 views

This past weekend we took St Ruth up to Manchester for their Christmas exhibition. Getting into Manchester city centre on a Friday evening was inevitably a bit of a crawl but once we were there it was a good show with a friendly organising team. There was also a 12 inch to the foot layout just outside the hall which seemed to be running OK. Some phot...


Railwells 2017

Posted by D869 , 13 August 2017 - * * * * * · 862 views

Just finished our run back up the Fosse Way from Wells where an enjoyable weekend was had in spite of an annoying points failure that affected our ability to get stuff in and out of the goods yard for most of the weekend. We had the station board off after the show closed on Saturday evening (to many amusing comments of 'it's a two day show you kn...


Helston 2017

Posted by D869 , 23 April 2017 - - - - - - · 784 views

Greetings from Kernow! 
The St Ruth team has just enjoyed a great weekend at the Helston show. The layout's first trip to its native count[s]r y. 
I really enjoyed the experience - a chance to chinwag with lots of fellow Cornwall railway geeks with a special mention to the folks on the Cornwall Railway Society stand. There was also a stand selli...


Leamington 2017

Posted by D869 , 05 March 2017 - * * * * * · 908 views

This weekend we blew the cobwebs off St Ruth after 6 months of exhibition inactivity by taking it to one of the bigger of our local shows run by Leamington & Warwick MRC. We haven't been completely idle during this period (almost... but not completely). The most noticeable additions being the ability for our 'sun' to gradually set allowing us to...


Swindon 2016

Posted by D869 , 12 September 2016 - * * * * * · 830 views

The dust has now settled after our trip to Swindon. An excellent show in the presence of some of the great products of Swindon Works. It was great that our roving reporter, Chris (MinerChris) was able to join us from Utah :). I hasten to add that Swindon was not the only reason for his trip. This morning we made the rather less fun journey to Heathrow so...


Branch Home

Posted by D869 , 08 September 2016 - * * * * * · 843 views

Those of you who frequent the workbench thread in the 2mm forum may have seen some work in progress shots of this signal. It's now been planted on the layout and is ready for service at the Swindon show this weekend. 
Planted using finest grade scenic putty
Connected up and ballasted
 Edit: Wigan We had been planning to be at Wiga...


Wolvey Summer Fair 2016

Posted by D869 , 02 July 2016 - - - - - - · 705 views

A few pictures from today's afternoon outing for St Ruth. A different sort of experience from a model railway show but we still found some worthwhile purchasing opportunities. 
A very enjoyable day and an appreciative audience. Thanks to Pauline for her sterling efforts organising the other stands and for the hot dogs at lunch time. 


A Bonus Show

Posted by D869 , 27 June 2016 - - - - - - · 572 views

For anyone likely to be in the Wolvey (near Coventry) area on Saturday, we will be setting up St Ruth in the parish church as part of the fund raising fete which is open from 2PM to 4:30PM. 
I can't offer you any other layouts or any model railway traders but I'd say that there is a good chance of some decent cakes for sale and the other usual summer...


Trainwest 2016

Posted by D869 , 10 April 2016 - - - - - - · 861 views

Some photos from St Ruth's outing this weekend to deliver one of two helpings of Cornish 2FS goodness to the people of Wiltshire. A really good show with a fine selection of quality layouts. We had a great time being back to back with John Greenwood's beautiful Wadebridge. A certain amount of chinwagging may have taken place. St Ruth behaved itself p...


Kendal 2016

Posted by D869 , 31 January 2016 - * * * * * · 923 views

Just back from an excellent weekend in Cumbria at the Kendal show - the furthest north that we've been so far. It was rather humbling to hear that some people were coming down from Scotland to see us (and hopefully the other layouts too).

For the most part the layout ran pretty smoothly. A new innovation (hidden to the public) was some pictures on the op...


Wycrail 2015

Posted by D869 , 08 November 2015 - * * * * * · 862 views

We took St Ruth for a day out at Wycrail yesterday - actually a day and a night because we set up on the Friday evening, having previously discovered that trying to do a one day show in one day is a fairly stressful experience.

All in all a very enjoyable show although I'm puzzled why it's not a 2 day affair - it certainly justifies it on the basis of si...


2mm Expo 2015

Posted by D869 , 20 June 2015 - * * * * * · 1,335 views

Today was our third Expo in a row. We did actually question whether they really wanted us again but were told that this one was the 55th Anniversary one so we could come and play again.

A good day was had by all. It was great to meet some with all of the folks at the show. Joint honours for going 'above and beyond the call' go to Steve for travelling all...


Lutterworth 2015

Posted by D869 , 16 May 2015 - * * * * * · 906 views

Another show under our belt. On this occasion it was a very local affair - less that 10 miles from St Ruth's Wolvey home. It's not a show that I'm very familiar with... in fact the town of Lutterworth is somewhere that I have almost never been even though I live pretty close by - it's just a bit tucked away just off some major routes. Suprisingly the 2mm...


Macclesfield 2015

Posted by D869 , 15 March 2015 - - - - - - · 1,067 views

The second show in two weeks but a very enjoyable one. It's not a huge show but I can't fault the friendly reception that we were given by the organisers and it was nice to meet up again with Mr Millward.

During playtime this afternoon I managed to line up the Hall with the late Phill Kerr's model of KGV.

Plus a group shot with Ian's old stager.



AbRail 2015

Posted by D869 , 28 February 2015 - * * * * * · 1,008 views

A few photos from the Abingdon show today. An enjoyable time was had and it was good to catch up with friends again.

A shot against the lighting. I quite like the way the light reflects from the surfaces but it's not easy to photograph with the lights shining straight into the camera.

And we were awarded a nice trophy too. Ian seems pretty happy about...


2FS GWR Loading Gauge

Posted by Ian Smith , 12 February 2015 - - - - - - · 890 views
2FS, St Ruth
At last nights meeting of the Midland Area Group of the 2mm Scale Association, along with working on some of the items that were started at the previous meeting we continued to identify some more of the things that we still need to add to the layout.

Obviously, like so many other layout projects there is still plenty to do. One of the things that we all...


Merry Christmas

Posted by D869 , 24 December 2014 - - - - - - · 980 views

D823 has just backed the stock for an evening stopping service into the arrivals platform and is quietly warming the coaches against the chill of the night. The other platform has been pressed into service to provide a bit more space out of the elements to handle the additional pre-christmas parcels traffic. A motley assortment of vans await loading but t...


Warley 2014

Posted by D869 , 23 November 2014 - * * * * - · 1,650 views

Back home now after our outing to our local mega-show. After a few comments from other people beforehand I was a bit wary of exhibiting at Warley but really enjoyed it. For sure, the NEC is a huge venue and this brings with it extra aggravation particularly during setup and packing up and for sure it was stacked out with people on Saturday but there is st...


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