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Epsom and Ewell 2014


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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 ‘Tribute’ on Saturday evening. I’m sure that our operating on Sunday was much better for it.

 

Unfortunately the journey down on Friday was not great – pouring rain most of the way and a crawl around the M25 in rush hour – over two hours from the bottom of the M40 junction to Epsom.

 

It never ceases to amaze me though how things that have been tested back at base can still let us down at a show and result in lots of crawling under baseboards and dilemmas about whether to go and eat or stay and fix problems on a Friday evening. I’m not going to repeat the whole fault list here, but one particularly puzzling issue was the East crossover. We always run a loco around every bit of track as soon as the layout is set up. I did this on Friday evening (including the same crossover set both normal and reversed). Just as I was taking the loco back to the fiddle yard and about to announce that everything was OK I got a short circuit on the East crossover. We decided in favour of eating but it meant that there was extra work to do on Saturday morning before the show opened. The problem was fixed using a razor saw to open out one of the isolation gaps… but this bit of track has been working and pretty much untouched since 2010.

 

Thanks to Ian Morgan and Dave Stratton for stepping in as guest operators on Saturday. I hope that you both enjoyed yourselves.

 

Next up is the Kidderminster 2mm gathering in June. Between now and then our plan is to replace the control panel overlay and move some buttons that are in the wrong place. The panel is getting rather untidy now with various amendments stuck on with paper labels or scribbled on in marker pen.

 

As usual a random assortment of photos...

 

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Lower Exbury - a small layout beautifully executed.

 

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Cornwall was well represented at this show... Diesels in the Duchy.

 

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Law Junction. Definitely not small!

 

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Purgatory Peak

 

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Clutton - very Pendon-esque.

 

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Penlan

 

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The afternoon lull in the St Ruth goods yard - the Carlisle goods waiting for its loco and the pilot waiting to pounce on the GUV when it's time for the sleeping cars to depart.

 

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The buildings near the Hotel with the junction signal off for a main line departure.

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Lovely set of pictures Andy. I really like the atmosphere you have created with St Ruth, very nice!

Thanks Jez. Looking forward to seeing Par at a show some time!

 

Can we haven more pictures of St Ruth, very inspirational

 

Thanks Paul. I've posted mine already :)

 

You might also like the video that Ian Morgan produced. This was filmed at the Expo last June, which was before we had the new backscene, but a great video. Maybe we can persuade him to do another one this June.

 

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Good summary Andy and some nice pics too.

 

The exhibition gremlins lie dormant for most of the year then look forward to the show in not the same way we do.

 

Still looks great even if you were having troubles.

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Par will be at the Hayle Exhibition next year.

 

Will it be at the one in May or August? We are probably taking Wadebridge to the one in August.

 

Jerry

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As a recent RMweb member, this is the first time I've seen St Ruth and I'm most impressed. Can I detect a flavour of PZ there? Although Scottish, I was lucky enough to live in Cornwall for over 4 years up to 1980 and loved it! You have certainly captured the Cornish scene beautifully and I wish you every success at coming shows. Now off to reminisce on lovely evening walks along the old Helston branch track-bed!

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Jock67B.

PS just looked into earlier posts by yourself to answer my own question - now even more impressed!!

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As a recent RMweb member, this is the first time I've seen St Ruth and I'm most impressed. Can I detect a flavour of PZ there? Although Scottish, I was lucky enough to live in Cornwall for over 4 years up to 1980 and loved it! You have certainly captured the Cornish scene beautifully and I wish you every success at coming shows. Now off to reminisce on lovely evening walks along the old Helston branch track-bed!

Kind regards,

Jock67B.

PS just looked into earlier posts by yourself to answer my own question - now even more impressed!!

Thanks Jock. Yes it's definitely heavily based on Penzance but assuming that the 1938 rebuild didn't happen and that there was an extra branch... hence the change of name.

 

Brilliant video, and something we can all aspire to...one day perhaps

Thanks Paul. I couldn't aspire to do this all on my own though - it's a team effort.

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Will it be at the one in May or August? We are probably taking Wadebridge to the one in August.

 

Jerry

Hi Jerry,

 

It will be the one in May 2015.

 

Best regards,

 

Jeremy

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