Diamond Jubilee Event - 18th/19th June 2022

The Diamond Jubilee of the 2mm Scale Association is being celebrated on the 18th/19th June, in reality 2 years late as a result of the Covid pandemic. The venue is the Grade II listed Derby Conference Centre, DE24 8UX, built in the 1930s as the LMS School of Transport.

The event will feature approximately twenty 2mm Scale layouts including some very large ones, and some which are rarely exhibited. There will be approximately ten smaller layouts constructed as entries for the Diamond Jubilee layout challenge, and a few specialist traders.

The event will be open from Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 10-3.30pm.
Members £5, non-members £8.
The venue is accessible by wheelchair. There is free parking at the venue for 300 vehicles, with 14 electric car charging points. Refreshments and meals are available. There will be a dinner for Association members on Saturday evening, booking details will be available shortly.
The venue is 1 mile from Derby station, and served by Skylink Bus 1.
The nearest airport is East Midlands, 12 miles away.

Pioneering 2mm modelling was undertaken in the 1920's and post war in the 1950's, when almost everything had to be scratch built, including the wheels and motors. The inaugural meeting of the 2mm Scale Association was held on 23rd April 1960, which predates N gauge in Britain. In the early 1960's the layout 'Rydes Vale' constructed by Mr H H Groves and his son Bert gave a faultless performance at the Central Hall shows for three successive years. The standards of 1:152, 2mm to the foot were adopted by the Association. While not exact scale in accuracy, (the flangeways are slightly widened), they provide standards that a modeller with reasonable skill and patience can achieve, with realistic finescale trackwork and finescale wheels for locomotives and rolling stock.


Exhibition Layouts

British Oak - Mark Fielder

British Oak is located in West Yorkshire, alongside the Calder & Hebble Navigation canal at the Eastern end of the Denby Grange colliery line. Coal was transported from the pits to the canal, from where it was loaded into barges for onward transportation to Thornhill Power Station. It was a surprisingly long lived enterprise, lasting in service until the mid 1980s. The scene is a highly compressed version of the scene in reality, but it contains the main elements from the overbridge to the canal drop. It makes a conveniently self-contained little diorama which can be operated by a single loco and a few wagons, either hoppers or bottom door mineral wagons.

Coal Road - Rod McCall

Coal Road is a model of where the double track section from Barnard Castle became single track up to the next box north at Forthburn. It was primarily a freight route, with very few daily local passenger services, though Tyneside to Blackpool holiday expresses passed on Summer Saturdays. Also ex-works engines from Darlington were often trialled on the Darlington-Bishop Auckland-Barnard Castle triangular route.


Copenhagen Fields - The Model Railway Club

It has been a long time in the making, and portrays the LNER main line just north of Kings Cross. The flowing trackwork, with a procession of colourful LNER main line express trains has been wonderfully modelled, together with freight trains and goods yards. The urban environment has also been superbly modelled.

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[Photo courtesy of British Railway Modelling and Phil Parker]



Evercreech Junction - A Smith and K Gloster

Evercreech Junction was on the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway, and was the junction for the line to Bath. The model includes both the station and the junction and marshalling yard.


Fence Houses - Bob Jones and Team

Fence Houses station was opened in 1844 and closed in 1964. Situated in North East England, some 12 miles south of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 5 miles north of Durham City, and a similar distance west of Sunderland, the station was part of the original main line route to 'The North' until 1872, when the present ECML through Durham City was opened.
Our chosen period is British Rail 1952 - 1962, using steam and diesel locomotives. Many mainline workings operated through Fence Houses, due to engineering works and diversions taking place on the main line. However, look out for some of our 'pre-grouping' models that sometimes make an infrequent appearance!

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Freshwater - Ian Morgan

Freshwater was built for the Golden Jubilee layout challenge in 2010. Now, 12 years later, it is finally more or less finished! Freshwater was the western terminus of the 12 mile long Freshwater, Yarmouth and Newport Railway on the Isle of Wight. Opened in 1888, the Southern Railway lengthened the platform, removed the loco shed and carriage shed, and modified the track layout slightly in 1927, but the line was never very successful, and closed as early as 1953.

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Ivybridge - John Aldrick

A model of the famous viaduct on the line between Plymouth and Totnes, and the old Ivybridge station. It showcases John's extensive range of kit and scratch built coaches, which regularly win prizes at the 2mm SA annual modelling competition. The station building is a laser cut kit from Arch Laser Co.

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[Photo: Tony Wright.]


Llangerisech - Nigel Ashton

Llangerisech is a 'might have been' terminus of the GWR on the Lleyn peninsula in North Wales as a rival to Holyhead for ferry traffic to Ireland. Different eras can be operated, from the 1930's to the 1960's and 1970's by changing the rolling stock, as the infra-structure would likely have changed very little. Nigel has built several loco's from scratch, and has also converted some 'N gauge' models to 2mm Fine Scale. His conversion of the Ixion/Dapol Manor to 2FS using a milled brass chassis has provided Association members with the means of converting the Dapol Manor and Hall to 2FS using a milled brass chassis kit available to members through the Association shop.

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Moretonhampstead - Pete Warren

Moretonhampstead was a small GWR terminus near Dartmoor. The model includes the station and the gas works, and is normally run in the late GWR era. It is full of beautifully observed and modelled scenery, and recently appeared in Model Railway Journal.

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St Ruth - East Midlands 2mm Area Group

St Ruth is a 2mm Finescale terminus loosely based on Penzance built and operated by members of Midland Group of the 2mm Scale Association.

We operate to a sequence representing a working day in the 1960s including 'edited highlights' of the services found in BR working timetables from the period with appropriate locomotives and rolling stock obeying working signals.

Viewers can follow what is happening on two small displays on the facia above the layout which show the current and next train movements and some explanation. Synchronised displays on the operators' side tell us what we are supposed to be doing. We usually have a 'front of house' person stationed on the public side to answer questions and a quiz sheet with details for younger viewers to spot.

The buildings are scratchbuilt from card and are mostly models of the real things at Penzance, Room lights come on and go off as the day progresses into night and the 'sun' goes down. The trains that run during the hours of darkness are also lit. Our night scene is a popular feature - we regularly get asked 'how soon will it be dark?'

The layout has been on the exhibition circuit since 2010 and we have been developing it (and our own modelling) continuously over that period.

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Wadebridge and Padstow - John Greenwood

John is renowned for his modelling of the Southern's withered arm in North Cornwall, and his superb scratch built models of locos such as the Beattie well tank and the T9. Wadebridge and Padstow are two sections of his extensive model.

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Diamond Jubilee Challenge Layouts

Entrants were challenged to build a 2mm scale layout where the footprint of the scenic area fit within a rectangle 60 centimetres x 9.42 inches, and which contained at least one working turnout. The dimensions chosen reflect the peculiar mix of imperial and metric that is so typical of the British railway modelling scene and represent the 60 years since the 2mm Scale Association was founded and the 9.42mm track gauge used to represent British standard gauge track in 2mm finescale modelling.
Visitors to the exhibition will be asked to vote for which entry they prefer, and an award will be will be made to the layout receiving most votes.
We are expecting there to be 10 layouts on display at the exhibition, many of which are being exhibited for the first time.


Line No 16 Ripple - Nick Bastable

A 'may have been' Colonel Stephens with a narrow gauge twist. The Guilford Tramway ran within a mile of the East Kent Light Railway with 3'6" gauge, was initially surveyed by Stephens and was planned to extend to Hastings ! Line No16 was projected by the East Kent Railway to serve a proposed colliery at Ripple. The proposed colliery would be too large so I needed an industry and eventually I hit on the idea of a Hop Garden, so very rural and so very Kent.


Callington - Chris Carlson

Callington was the terminus of a BR(S) region branch, the station being located in the village of Kelly Bray, 1 mile to the north of the town. By the middle of the 1950's to 1960's when the layout is set, mining had long departed, with the branch being utilised to supply coal and other materials to the fruit growing Tamar Valley and the large agricultural area of East Cornwall. This was alongside a fairly frequent passenger service to the mainline at Bere Alston, with a single through service to Plymouth Friary. Stone was also still being carried from the quarries at Hingston Down and Kit Hill.


Clyde - Richard Doust

A small corner of a Clyde shipyard where a liner is being built. It was inspired by a picture of the Empress of Britain being built in 1930.


Golden Mile - Tom Cunnington

The Golden Mile is the local name for the business and industrial area along the Great West Road in west London, and this layout represents a short section of the Brentford branch as it passes under the A4 in a 'what might have' with a local passenger service in operation between Brentford and the mainline at Southall, and the southern end of freight sidings receiving aggregates from the west country, and taking waste off to incineration.


End of the Road - Bryn Davies

The recovery of an old branch line in the 1970's.


Ale Dock - Kevin Knight

The layout was inspired by a photograph of an ale loading dock in Burton on Trent, and the possession of an LMS beer van.
For the inspiration, see this link.


Coal Road -Rod McCall

Where the double track section from Barnard Castle became single track up to the next box north at Forthburn. It was primarily a freight route, with very few daily local passenger services, though Tyneside to Blackpool holiday expresses passed on Summer Saturdays. Also ex-works engines from Darlington were often trialled on the Darlington-Bishop Auckland-Barnard Castle triangular route. This now is a small part of Rod's layout Coal Road, being exhibited as a complete layout.


The Coal Hole - Nick Mitchell

The Coal Hole portrays a cramped corner of a steam loco depot somewhere in ex-LNW/LYR territory during the 1950s. The shed complex will be cut in half by a road overbridge at the left-hand end of the modelled scene, with the rest of the yard, main shed and turntable imagined to be beyond the bridge. The eponymous "coal hole" style of manual coaling stage, with water tank atop, will form the centrepiece of the layout. One end of a loco shed will sit behind (to the left of the inspection pits already installed).


Gakunan - Steve Nicholls

A model of the Gakunan line, a Japanese industrial railway in the foothills of Mount Fuji, built to a scale of 1:150 and using 7.11mm gauge track to represent the 3'6" gauge of the prototype.


Port Jubilee -Anthony Yeates

The classic Inglenook shunting puzzle track plan, with three sidings capable of holding 5, 3, and 3 wagons. The setting is rail served pier somewhere on the Scottish coast. It has an oval baseboard.



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