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Title: Journal 1/20
Post by: Graham63 on January 23, 2020, 08:15:35 PM
Complaint to the Editor, would you please stop printing articles by Mr. Richard Bardsley on repainting parcels stock to BR Blue liveries, I was feeling very smug having finally got the LMS BG done about 3 months ago, now I've got another temptation. By the way the Generator Van looks tempting as well.Thanks Graham
Title: Re: Journal 1/20
Post by: Graham63 on January 23, 2020, 08:20:25 PM
PS Note to self must look out for Hawksworth BG at next local show!!
Title: Re: Journal 1/20
Post by: Steven B on January 24, 2020, 09:26:40 AM
It's goot to see that I'm not the only one to be tempted/inspired by Richard's articles! I've got several Lima Siphons and a bag of Etched Pixels detailing bits sat somewhere safe...

Steven B.
Title: Re: Journal 1/20
Post by: NeMo on January 24, 2020, 02:11:49 PM
Complaint to the Editor, would you please stop printing articles by Mr. Richard Bardsley on repainting parcels stock to BR Blue liveries, I was feeling very smug having finally got the LMS BG done about 3 months ago, now I've got another temptation. By the way the Generator Van looks tempting as well.Thanks Graham

Funnily enough, I'm doing much the same thing turning an old whitemetal Siphon van into a BR-era newspapers van!

Cheers, NeMo
Title: Re: Journal 1/20
Post by: Papyrus on January 24, 2020, 04:46:52 PM
Another nice mix of articles, Neale - thank you! I particularly enjoyed the second part of the Minitrix saga, and the inspirational photos of Shirebrook. However, Chris Bowes article that started "The sort of stripboard that most people use..." by definition wasn't for me!!

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: Journal 1/20
Post by: NeMo on January 24, 2020, 05:14:08 PM
Thanks Chris!

I think the thing with Bowes' article is it is one that will appeal to one subset of modellers, in the same way another article on building kits appeals to another. What I'm hoping is to ensure there's a real mix of articles -- it's that cliche of 'something for everyone' really.

The Minitrix pieces were an absolute pleasure to edit, and I'm glad others have enjoyed them as much as I hoped they would.

Cheers, NeMo
Title: Re: Journal 1/20
Post by: Graham63 on January 24, 2020, 08:02:46 PM
I'm relieved to know its not just me who suffers from Bardsleyitis because I don't think there's a cure. Graham
Title: Re: Journal 1/20
Post by: Tonye on January 25, 2020, 07:55:21 AM
The NGS are having their annual AGM and mini exhibition in July. I have attended and exhibited at these events . This year they want dioramas and not working layouts so that everyone who turns up can attend the AGM . I personally have no interest in the AGM and will not be going to this event just to see static layouts.   
Title: Re: Journal 1/20
Post by: emjaybee on January 25, 2020, 09:14:49 AM
That's not actually what they're saying. Asking for people to bring small layouts or displays that don't NEED to be finished and don't NEED to be operated. There's no reason someone couldn't bring along a small half-finished layout and just have a loco and some wagons trundling through.
Title: Re: Journal 1/20
Post by: honestjudge on January 26, 2020, 02:57:15 PM
Another cracking journal. I really look forward to these dropping on my doormat.

I will be attending the AGM and would be delighted to bring a project or 7 if asked !

Fred
Title: Re: Journal 1/20
Post by: Tonye on January 27, 2020, 08:26:42 AM
That`s the way it read, this meeting is getting smaller and they only seem to be interested in the AGM.
Title: Re: Journal 1/20
Post by: Steven B on January 27, 2020, 08:55:29 AM
To be fair, the AGM is the key part of the day as far as the Society is concerned. Anything else is just a nice to have.

I think it's mentioned in the Journal that no area groups are coming forward to host either the AGM or the AGM+small exhibition. If the volunteers aren't coming forward then why not try something smaller and easier to manage.

It's a while since I last went to an AGM (Grimsby I think) but back then a decent proportion of those exhibiting were unable to attend the AGM as the show carried on whilst the AGM happend.

An informal "Show and tell" style get together where members share ideas sounds like a good idea to me!

Steven B.
Title: Re: Journal 1/20
Post by: Tonye on January 27, 2020, 10:46:55 AM
I understand, but layouts running sells the hobby. Kids ( local ) maybe put off just seeing static or unfinished layouts. In the past the AGM meetings have been well attended , the exhibition side. Thank goodness for TINGS and this site.   
Title: Re: Journal 1/20 - Contents page
Post by: Railwaygun on January 28, 2020, 08:32:18 AM
something to whet the interest of non members

Title: Re: Journal 1/20
Post by: honestjudge on January 28, 2020, 08:40:28 AM
Thank goodness for TINGS and this site.

I think this type of sentiment is fairly common amongst the online community, and sounds like yet another dig at the NGS.
The NGS started back in 1967 well before the current tech revolution and over the years has made a huge contribution to N gauge. To dismiss it as some do on this forum is sad to see. One thing the NGS does well is bring together people and support local clubs.
Any physical event; Exhibition, AGM, open day, will bring people in to meet hobbyists and see what other people are doing, and that also brings new people into the hobby.
The web has made a massive difference to the hobby, but I see parallels with what happens on the high street when shops close due to the internet. People miss the shops!
Title: Re: Journal 1/20
Post by: NeMo on January 28, 2020, 09:39:22 AM
To dismiss it as some do on this forum is sad to see. One thing the NGS does well is bring together people and support local clubs.

Thank you. One of the things I have learned since becoming an NGS Committee member is how much happens that most members, let alone non-members, won't be aware of. The NGS has a close relationship with various manufacturers large and small, and in the last few months I know of one much-anticipated kickstarter project that got significant help from the NGS to help it move forward (not sure how much more I can say about this). It's not like the NGS creates the UK N-gauge hobby, but it does a lot more to keep it ticking over nicely than you might imagine.

To be honest, there are so many model railway shows, as well as TINGS, that having a big show organised by the NGS seems no great loss to me. As others have said, it's really about people coming forward to help the NGS. If we don't have people doing certain roles, those jobs have to be either dropped or scaled back. We're all volunteers, and the sense of community is great -- anyone who wants to get involved really should!

Cheers, NeMo
Title: Re: Journal 1/20
Post by: Dickydcc on February 03, 2020, 12:36:37 PM
So far haven't had time to read it all but really enjoyed the Minitrix article, it's amazing to think these are still selling for 60+ on eBay!

Are similar articles planned for other manufactures?

Title: Re: Journal 1/20
Post by: NeMo on February 03, 2020, 12:57:39 PM
Are similar articles planned for other manufactures?

There will be a commemorative piece on the Peco 'Jubilee' in the next issue. I'd love to have someone step forward and write something on the other manufacturers. There's presumably a good story behind the Wrenn/Lima collaboration, including at least one quite well known 'model that never was' in the form of the 'Western' advertised in the Lima catalogue at one point. I don't know anything much about Graham Farish, but they had a very diverse portfolio of products long before they produced model trains, let alone N gauge! So again, surely worthy of a retrospective at some point.

Really, so long as someone can supply decent photos along with their article, I'd certainly welcome regular historical pieces on the hobby. I find them fun to read, and after all, where else would such pieces be published?

Cheers, NeMo
Title: Re: Journal 1/20
Post by: martyn on February 03, 2020, 07:29:55 PM
Off topic, but I remember that when I met Peter Farish at the Poole factory, he gave a brief history of the firm; I can't now remember it all, but I think they had been involved in electrical appliances around WW2, only moving to model railways much later; N via OO.

IIRC, and after over thirty years since that meeting, I may be wrong, they also produced for a while some full-size small fishing boat hulls, and also for recreational use; their sort of 'trade mark' was a moulding representing a rope fender at the gunwale (gunnel) level. Again, IIRC, there was one in the factory grounds at Holton Heath.

Martyn

Title: Re: Journal 1/20
Post by: Ted on February 23, 2020, 09:40:45 AM
Well this episode introduced me to Shirebrook and it's amazing.

I can't describe my fascination with dirty diesels hawling big, grubby loads... but it's there and I can't escape it!
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