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9 Jan 2021

Christmas Quiz 2020 Winners and Answers

2021-01-10T14:29:06+00:00January 9th, 2021|Shed Notices|0 Comments

We are very pleased to announce the winners of the Association 2020 Christmas Quiz, set by Laurence Smith:

Place Prize Winner
1st Place A Summerlands Chuffer for your locomotive, plus a year’s Association Membership for 2021 Matt Nunn
2nd Place A Summerlands Chuffer for your locomotive Christopher Glover
Randomly selected entry A year’s Association Membership for 2021 Luke Petch


Well done to all of you. We would like to take the opportunity to thank Chris Bird of Summerlands Chuffers for kindly donating two of his ‘Chuffers’ as prizes again this year. You can view the complete range of Chuffers at www.summerlands-chuffer.co.uk.

The answers to the quiz have also been published.

Richard Huss, IT Officer

19 Dec 2020

Christmas Quiz 2020

2020-12-19T09:28:32+00:00December 19th, 2020|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Christmas Quiz 2020

What could brighten up the closing days of 2020? The Association Christmas Quiz, of course! We’re delighted that Laurence Smith has again set the quiz this year.

The quiz can be found at https://www.16mm.org.uk/christmas-quiz/ and is open to both members and non-members of the Association. Even if you only know one or two answers you stand a chance of winning 16mm Association membership for 2021.

The following prizes will be awarded:

  • Entry with the most correct answers: A Summerlands Chuffer for your locomotive and a year’s Association membership
  • 2nd place: A Summerlands Chuffer
  • Randomly selected entry: A year’s Association membership

Many thanks to Chris Bird of Summerlands Chuffers for kindly donating two of his ‘Chuffers’ as prizes again this year.

Entries must be submitted by midnight on December 31st 2020.

Take me to the quiz!

Richard Huss, IT Officer

28 Nov 2020

Changes to Overseas Membership Subscriptions

2020-11-28T18:28:10+00:00November 28th, 2020|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Changes to Overseas Membership Subscriptions

I explained in my Membership Column on page three of November 2020 Bulletin that I was preparing to release digital subscriptions for Overseas membership categories.  This work is almost complete and launch is scheduled for Tuesday 1st December 2020.  There will be a single rate for all overseas geographies and this same subscription will be available to existing Overseas members at renewal time in early 2021.

The digital subscription will be limited to Overseas members for the time being.  I explained in Bulletin that providing new members with access to their digital subscription is at present a manual process which I execute.  I risk overload if I open up the new subscription to all membership categories.  Having now done this for some weeks, I know that delays in provision of access causes concern and tarnish the experience of joining.  As soon as an automatic process has been developed, I’ll open it up to all categories.

I also referred in Bulletin to the expected need to increase the cost of subscription rates outside the UK and continental Europe.  This will now occur on 1st December concurrent with the launch of the Overseas Digital subscription rate.  The new rates will apply to renewals in 2021.  Please wait for your invitation, which will be sent in late January 2021, to renew your subscription for the coming year.  It is not possible to renew until the invitation has been sent out.  Finally and for the avoidance of doubt, the subscription rates within the UK and continental Europe will not change for 2021.

Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary

10 Nov 2020

November 2020 SMT & Bulletin

2020-11-10T20:02:23+00:00November 10th, 2020|Shed Notices|Comments Off on November 2020 SMT & Bulletin

The November mailing of SMT & Bulletin is scheduled for collection by Royal Mail from Warners Midlands in Bourne this coming Friday 13th November.  As usual, the entire mailing for UK and overseas residents will be collected at the same time.

Mailing to UK residents is First Class, so I would expect many UK members to receive their packages on Saturday 14th.  Royal Mail still experience difficulty due to Coronavirus.  Further information of the mailing situation within the UK can be found here.

Mailing to overseas members is as usual by Air Mail, but delivery times are still affected by the pandemic.  Further information of the mailing situation from the UK to countries overseas can be found here.

SMT and Bulletin will be available on our Members Only web site from 09:00 on Saturday 14th November.  If you haven’t received an invitation to activate your account on the site, or can’t find it, please email members.site@16mm.org.uk providing your surname, membership number and post code and we’ll send an invitation as soon as we can.

The bulk of my Chairman’s Column is devoted to preliminary plans for the next National Garden Railway Show scheduled for 26th June 2021.  If you’re interested in how we plan to deliver the show and what changes we’ll need to make in light of Coronavirus, this will give you an insight into our current thinking.

I’d again like to thank SMT Editor Gareth Jones and Bulletin Editor Dave Gordon for compiling full issues of their magazines, and to everyone who contributed to the content.  Gareth will be looking for material for the February 2021 issue, so if you’re working on a project, please consider documenting it and submitting an article for inclusion in a future SMT.  I hope you enjoy yours when it arrives, or when you read it online, and that it lifts spirits in these continuing difficult times.

Alan Regan, Chairman and Membership Secretary

15 Aug 2020

National Garden Railway Show rescheduled to June 2021

2020-09-13T16:17:10+01:00August 15th, 2020|Shed Notices|Comments Off on National Garden Railway Show rescheduled to June 2021

Members who have read the Chairman’s Column in August SMT will know that when I wrote the column, on Sunday 2nd August, the Association was in discussion with the Arena regarding rescheduling the 2020 National Garden Railway Show, which at that time was planned for Saturday 14th November 2020.

Discussions are now complete, and the Association regrets that in the light of the on-going uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have agreed with the Arena that:

  • The show planned for Saturday 14th November 2020 will not go ahead
  • The next National Garden Railway show will now take place on Saturday 26th June 2021

It will take place later in the year than normal so if restrictions on indoor events are tightened over winter, which could happen if there is a resurgence in the virus, there is time for the restrictions to return to levels which permit the staging of indoor events.

We will continue working with the Arena and the local authority to make sure that our show is compliant with the prevailing protocols for indoor events.  We expect these to include entry by ticket sold in advance only, for all attendees to be scanned in and out, extending therefore to traders, societies, layout operators and stewards, and restrictions on crowd density.

The events industry is in discussion with government regarding the average space, in square metres, which must be available to individual visitors.  To comply with these restrictions, we may need to impose limits on visitor numbers, and/or restrictions on the duration of visitors’ stay inside the venue.  We will not reopen ticket sales until these restrictions are understood and we will be transparent with ticket purchasers as to the terms of entry.

Tickets bought for the 2020 show will remain valid for the June 2021 show.  If you already hold a ticket for the April 2020 show which you bought online, you’ll notice that a scannable code is present on the ticket.  We believe that this can be used to comply with Track and Trace requirements, which we still expect to be in place for indoor events in June next year, but we will reissue tickets if this proves not to be the case.  A small number of tickets have been bought using the form provided in February 2020 Bulletin.  These also have a scannable code which we will verify is suitable for our purposes.  If it isn’t, we will reissue these tickets.

If you have purchased a ticket for the April 2020 show you can still obtain a refund by emailing shop@16mm.org.uk.  If we increase ticket prices for the June 2021 show, we will not apply a retrospective increase to tickets which have already been paid for and retained.

We hope and will plan for the same high levels of trader, society and layout support at the June 2021 show that have characterised the National Garden Railway Show since its inception.  This will require that we all respect whatever social distancing protocol is in place at the time of the show.  Rows of eager modellers, sometime many rows deep, in front of traders or layouts, cannot be a feature of the June 2021 show.  We will need to keep ourselves and our traders and societies safe.  This need not stand in the way of seeing all that’s new and exciting in the hobby, but it will require different behaviours by everyone at the show.

The Association stages the National Garden Railway Show once a year primarily for the benefit of the members who attend.  The show doesn’t intend to subsidise wider Association activity, nor does it intend to be a drain on wider Association resources, so we manage the show to break even, or as close to this as possible.  This is how we’ll approach the June 2021 show.  We will need members’ support to achieve this, not just as visitors, but as stewards during Friday setup, as we run the show on the Saturday and as we tear down after all the visitors have left.  Hopefully Covid-19 will be in sufficient control by June next year for members, traders, societies and layouts to feel confident attending.  We’ll need everyone’s support to be successful.

We’ll make further announcements as the planning for the June 2021 show progresses, in SMT, here and on social media.  I’d like to thank the Arena for their flexibility and support in what has been a difficult but necessary change to our original plans.  I’d like to close by reiterating that the decision to reschedule the November 2020 show has not been taken lightly and is a unanimous decision of the Board of the Association  We regret that this is necessary but believe it is the right thing to do at this time.

Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary

15 Aug 2020

August 2020 SMT & Bulletin

2020-08-15T08:26:17+01:00August 15th, 2020|Shed Notices|Comments Off on August 2020 SMT & Bulletin

The August mailing of SMT & Bulletin was collected by Royal Mail from Warners Midlands in Bourne yesterday.  Royal Mail have resumed delivery to UK addresses on a Saturday, so some members will receive theirs today.  I understand however that first class letter delivery still varies across the country, so receipt may be spread over the coming days.

Mailing to overseas members is as usual by Air Mail, but delivery times are still affected by the pandemic, so copies may take longer to arrive than was the case in the past.  Further information of the mailing situation from the UK to countries overseas can be found here.

SMT and Bulletin will be available on our Members Only web site from 09:00 today, 15th August.  If you haven’t received an invitation to activate your account on the site, or can’t find it, please email members.site@16mm.org.uk providing your surname, membership number and post code and we’ll send an invitation as soon as we can.

I’d like to thank SMT Editor Gareth Jones and Bulletin Editor Dave Gordon for again completing full issues of their magazines, and to everyone who contributed to the content.  I hope you enjoy yours when it arrives, or when you read it online, and that it provides enjoyment and inspiration in what remain difficult times for many of us.

Alan Regan, Chairman and Membership Secretary

5 Jun 2020

Boiler testing during Covid-19 pandemic

2020-06-04T18:03:32+01:00June 5th, 2020|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Boiler testing during Covid-19 pandemic

The provisions of UK Health and Safety Executive Pressure Testing Regulations and Certification (PSSR 2000) have not been relaxed or extended during the pandemic, as for example have UK MOT certificates, therefore the provisions of the Boiler Test Codes 2018 still apply with no exemptions or extensions. However, until social distancing requirements are relaxed, it will not possible to test new boilers, gas tanks or, if three years have elapsed since the last tested, brass boilers, as tests cannot readily be witnessed whilst observing social distancing.  Please remember that whilst the provisions of the Boiler Test Codes 2018 are viewed by the Association as best practice, whether you follow them is up to you.  Once events open to the public resume, event organisers may require compliance with the codes.

The Annual Steam Accumulation Test can and should still take place along with the regular inspection of your locos. This can be done by the owner prior to a run, and is especially relevant if loco hasn’t been used for some time. All this requires is to steam the loco at its maximum fuelling/firing rate for several minutes and to check that the safety valve lifts at the designated release value and that the pressure shown on the gauge does not increase beyond this release value. It is always best carefully to lift the valve stem with a pair of pliers first, when cold, prior to testing in case it has become stuck. What is being shown by this test is that the safety valve can safely vent excess steam generated in the boiler.

Stay safe and run safe.

Chris Trotman, Technical Director

3 Jun 2020

Public Liability Insurance Certificate to 1st June 2021

2020-06-03T16:32:49+01:00June 3rd, 2020|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Public Liability Insurance Certificate to 1st June 2021

The certificate providing cover to 1st June 2021 has been added to the Insurance page on this site.  A personalised copy of the certificate bearing the member’s name can be printed from our Members Only web site here. If you cannot access the site, please contact members.site@16mm.org.uk.

You’ll note that the certificate looks different to that issued in the past.  Walker Midgely, who provide the insurance, are using a new underwriter, which has brought about the change.  The certificate shows that the Association has Public Liability cover, up to the indemnity limit shown, the dates of cover, our details and policy number, and therefore demonstrates the existence of the cover.  All groups taking this cover from Walker Midgely will use the same certificate.  However, we have queried the removal of terms which existed on the certificate in previous years.  If this results in a change to the certificate, a revised version will be issued both here and on our Members Only site, and a further Shed Notice will be made.

Alan Regan, Chairman and Membership Secretary

22 May 2020

May 2020 SMT & Bulletin

2020-05-21T12:42:36+01:00May 22nd, 2020|Shed Notices|Comments Off on May 2020 SMT & Bulletin

I’m pleased to advise that the entire May mailing of SMT & Bulletin for UK and overseas addresses has been collected by Royal Mail from Warners Midlands in Bourne today.  However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is at present no letter delivery in the UK on Saturday, nor do Royal Mail deliver on Bank Holidays, so it will be Tuesday 26th May before UK members start to receive their copies.  First class letter delivery varies enormously across the country right now, so receipt will be spread across a number of days.

Mailing to overseas members is by Air Mail as usual, but here again delivery times are affected by the pandemic.  It is therefore likely to take longer to arrive at overseas addresses than has been the case in the past, however, none of the locations to which we are mailing are on Royal Mail’s “suspended” list, so my expectation is that given time it will arrive.  Further information of the mailing situation from the UK to countries overseas can be found here.

SMT and Bulletin will be available on our Members Only web site from 09:00 on Tuesday 26th May, i.e. at the same time that the magazines can be expected to arrive at some UK addresses.  Please note also that the personalised Public Liability Insurance Certificate previously included with the May mailing is now available via this web site.  If you haven’t received an invitation to activate your account on the site, or can’t find it, please email members.site@16mm.org.uk providing your surname, membership number and post code and we’ll send an invitation as soon as we can.

I’d like to thank SMT Editor Gareth Jones and Bulletin Editor Dave Gordon for getting full issues of their magazines out on time.  I hope you enjoy yours when it arrives, or when you read it online, and that it provides enjoyment and inspiration in what are difficult times for many of us.

Alan Regan, Chairman and Membership Secretary

26 Mar 2020

The Guide to 16mm Scale Modelling

2020-03-26T07:40:12+00:00March 26th, 2020|Shed Notices|Comments Off on The Guide to 16mm Scale Modelling

I’m extremely pleased to announce that The Guide is being printed and is scheduled for collection by Royal Mail from Warners in Bourne this coming Friday 27th March. Mailing to UK addresses is first class and to members overseas is by Air Mail. Most copies will start arriving at UK addresses on Saturday whilst others will follow on Monday or Tuesday next week. Those to overseas members will arrive somewhat later.  The address carrier sheet used for this mailing also includes a digest of the Shed Notices which announced the rescheduling of the National Garden Railway Show to Saturday 14th November 2020.

The Guide will also be available via the Members Only site from 09:00 on Saturday morning.  All members with an email address have been invited to activate their accounts and most have already done so, but if you were expecting an invitation and haven’t received one, or can’t find it, send an email to members.site@16mm.org.uk quoting your surname, membership number and postal code and we’ll do our best to invite you as soon as we can.

Creating The Guide has been a collaborative effort, but the lion’s share of the work has fallen on SMT (and now Guide) editor Gareth Jones.  Putting a 120 page, advert free publication together has taken many, many hours.  Huge thanks Gareth for finding the time to do this amongst his other Association duties and especially his day job, where as a civil servant on Guernsey the demands of Brexit have now given way to preparing the islands for the Covid-19 pandemic.  But thanks also to the many contributors to The Guide, to the Board and Officers who proof read assigned sections, and finally to Richard and Rod who did a full read-through late last week.

I suspect that we’re all in the same boat for the time being, running trains on our own if we’re lucky enough to have a railway at home, unable to share what we’ve done with other members at open days and events.  The Guide should provide enjoyment and inspiration at this difficult time, right around the world, and hopefully encourage us still actively to pursue this great hobby.  Gareth and Dave Gordon are looking for material for SMT and Bulletin which describes what you’ve been up to during enforced social distancing, so if you’ve something to share, please email smt.editor@16mm.org.uk or bulletin.editor@16mm.org.uk. Both or either would love to hear from you.

Please stay safe.

Alan Regan, Chairman and Membership Secretary

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