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Kidderminster and Afterwards

Posted by D869 , 23 June 2014 - - - - - - · 1,483 views

I think that a good time was had by all at the 2mm do at Kidderminster on Saturday. I certainly enjoyed myself and St Ruth performed with its revised control panel... when we weren't just nattering that is. I'm not sure how many times we got through the schedule, but I think it's far to say that the pace was more leisurely than normal. Another welcome inn...


Everything under Control?

Posted by D869 , 16 June 2014 - - - - - - · 862 views

It's quite some time since I posted the draft of the new signalling diagram on here. Since then we have been constantly debating over the right time to actually put the thing on the panel. It's always been easier to say 'right after the next show' but we've finally got fed up with all of the annotations, crossings out and other amendments on the panel so...


Epsom and Ewell 2014

Posted by D869 , 28 April 2014 - - - - - - · 1,560 views

We got back fairly late yesterday evening from Epsom so I didn’t get chance to post any photos last night.

We had a good time at the show. There were some excellent layouts on display along with a good selection of traders. The digs and food were good and we also managed to venture into the mean streets of Epsom and track down some pints of St Austell ‘T...


St Albans 2014

Posted by D869 , 13 January 2014 - * * * * * · 1,227 views

Well, 2014 seems to have arrived and after the usual last minute flurry of activity to get things finished, so did this weekend's St Albans show.

It was great to see some of our existing friends and to make some new ones. I think that all of the team had a good time although you might have got a different answer if you had asked those of us on our backs...


Merry Christmas

Posted by D869 , 23 December 2013 - * * * * * · 996 views

Merry Christmas to all of our readers in RMWeb-land. We hope to see some of you at St Albans in January.

A word or two about the photo… I must thank Peter W Gray for the idea and the composition. The photo is inspired by his photo (published in the Jan 2005 'Steam Days') of 5015 Kingswear Castle waiting at signals to depart from Newton Abbot in Januar...


Burton 2013

Posted by D869 , 04 November 2013 - - - - - - · 803 views

First of all an apology - no pictures this time!

Yesterday we took St Ruth to the Burton show held in the brewery museum. I spent most of the day on the fiddle yard where it is at least possible to make eye contact with the audience so was able to talk to a few people. We had some favourable comments from the audience although behind the scenes things we...


Aldershot 2013

Posted by D869 , 13 October 2013 - * * * * * · 1,139 views

Just back from an enjoyable weekend with St Ruth at the Aldershot show organised by the Farnham and District MRC.

Getting the new sea siding crossover finished in time for the show was a bit of a struggle. We could certainly have used some more time to deal with the stickiness that always seems to happen as soon as new track is painted... and then again...


More Trees for St. Ruth (Part 3)

Posted by Ian Smith , 05 October 2013 - - - - - - · 1,157 views

Having completed the Oak (which took more hours than I care to think about), my son suggested that he probably could get a couple of off-cuts of cable from work (he works for an electro-mechanical company).  What he provided was about 13" of some pretty hefty stuff :

Each cable within the main cable consisted of 7 twists of 72 individual (0.38mm dia...


Trees for St Ruth (Part 2) - First part in personal blog

Posted by Ian Smith , 07 September 2013 - * * * * * · 1,641 views

The basic trunk, branches and "twigs" were built up from multicore wire as described in my previous blog entry (http://www.rmweb.co....uth-trees-pt-1/ ).

Once I had finalised the shape that I wanted, I attached the base of the trunk into a piece of 5mm diameter brass tube so that th...


Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Sea Siding

Posted by D869 , 25 August 2013 - * * * * * · 2,007 views

I was going to find some modern marketing speak for 'digging up the track' but the language used by the real railway is now so far detached from reality that I decided against it.

As most readers will know, St Ruth is 'based on' Penzance but exactly how far that goes is rather flexible. Starting from the pre-1938 track plan, the very first departure from...


St Ruth at RailEx

Posted by D869 , 26 May 2013 - * * * * * · 1,494 views

Just back from RailEx with St Ruth all packed away safely. It was a very enjoyable show and an excellent mix of layouts to look at.

St Ruth behaved itself and performed well, including the new operators (Ian and Stephen). All four signals kept working for both days which is good news given our lack of mileage with them (and particularly the servo drives)...


Licence to Model

Posted by D869 , 03 May 2013 - * * * * * · 961 views

Things are pretty hectic right now getting stuff that we have planned finished in time for Railex but here's a little photo taken at a recent meeting.

Those longer in the tooth may remember this loco on our old group layout 'Helsby Tumill and Haddon'. It was built from a Foxhunter kit by the late Phil Kerr, a member of the Midland Area Group, talented...


Off my Workbench

Posted by D869 , 23 January 2013 - * * * * * · 855 views

Some folks may have seen several episodes describing this under construction on the workbench thread  in the 2mm forums. Last night it was planted on the layout and given a quick test.All seems to be working OK.   Which frees up my signal building board for the next one... plenty more to do!We also have some new buildings... must try to get my camera and...


Merry Christmas

Posted by D869 , 24 December 2012 - * * * * * · 447 views

Seasons Greetings from all at the Midland Area Group of the 2mm Scale Association.Hope to see some of you at our next outing - Railex in May, if not sooner.


St Ruth at TINGS

Posted by D869 , 09 September 2012 - * * * * * · 1,771 views
St Ruth at TINGS I was contemplating some rather lame puns for the title of this posting but I thought I would spare you all. We're just back from two days at the N Gauge Show which takes place in a barn on the Fosse Way near Leamington Spa - just down the road for us... which turned out to be just as well.

I'm glad to say that St Ruth performed well during both...


Staying Grounded

Posted by MinerChris , 19 July 2012 - * * * * - · 1,600 views
Signalling, Rolling Stock
Staying Grounded The more recent meetings of the Midland Area Group have consisted of fettling points and generally resolving faults that emerged from the running weekend at the Nottingham show.

One of the major alterations consists of altering the traversing fiddleyard so that more than one track is live with DC at a time (John can describe, along with the rest of the...


Your Starter for Ten

Posted by D869 , 13 June 2012 - * * * * * · 1,496 views
Your Starter for Ten Our next planned outing should be TINGS near Leamington Spa in early September although the show web site is curiously shy about our presence and that of another 2FS layout of this parish which I'm told will be in attendance.

There are still a few more buildings needed and some of these may appear before September but I think it's time to make a...


Nottingham Photos on the 2mm Topic

Posted by D869 , 23 April 2012 - - - - - - · 1,229 views
A quick note for those who don't tune in to the 2mm topic on RMWeb to say that Nigel and Jerry have posted some nice photos from the show including St Ruth and Fencehouses. Links...


A Grand Two Days Out

Posted by D869 , 18 March 2012 - * * * * * · 1,192 views
A Grand Two Days Out Just back from St Ruth's first 'real' outing at the Nottingham show. I really enjoyed myself and I think the rest of the team did too.

It was really nice to be in a 2mm finescale 'ghetto' surrounded on three sides by Fencehouses, Brafferton and Annedale Town. At times the number of 2mm Association faces in attendance made me wonder if...


Hotel Royale - Ready for Installation

Posted by D869 , 28 February 2012 - * * * * * · 860 views
Work continues to get the layout ready for the Nottingham show. For my own part I've finally completed work on the Hotel Royale and its neighbouring houses.

As those who know the real thing may notice, I have omitted the glazed 'sun deck' over the entrance that existed in the 1960s and 70s and backdated the...


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A blog about 'St Ruth' - the layout of the 2mm Scale Association Midland Area Group. We meet fortnightly in Wolvey near Coventry and new members are very welcome.


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