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5 Jan 2019

Christmas Quiz 2018 Winners and Answers

2019-01-05T11:11:14+01:00January 5th, 2019|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Christmas Quiz 2018 Winners and Answers

We are very pleased to announce the winners of the Association 2018 Christmas Quiz, set by Laurence Smith:

Place Prize Winner
1st Place A Summerlands Chuffer for your locomotive, plus a year’s Association Membership for 2019 Christopher Glover
2nd Place A Summerlands Chuffer for your locomotive Matt Nunn
Randomly selected entry A year’s Association Membership for 2019 Mark Roper

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

The answers to the quiz have also been published.

Richard Huss, IT Officer

15 Dec 2018

Christmas Quiz 2018

2018-12-15T19:40:29+01:00December 15th, 2018|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Christmas Quiz 2018

With Christmas almost upon is, it’s time for the Association Christmas Quiz. Laurence Smith has again returned as our quizmaster.

The quiz can be found at 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 2018.

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 2018.

Take me to the quiz!

Richard Huss, IT Officer

11 Dec 2018

Online renewals now open

2018-12-11T18:56:56+01:00December 11th, 2018|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Online renewals now open

I’ve noticed that some members have already renewed their subscription for the coming 2019/20 membership year.  Renewal payments don’t fall due until 1st March 2019, but I know that some members find it convenient to renew in advance.  With that in mind I arranged for the ability to renew subscriptions online to be made available for all members from today.

If you paid your subscription online during this year, you’ve already registered with our subscription system.  This link will take you to the home page.  The login link is top right on the page.  Use the email address and password you registered with earlier in the year, or the Forgotten Password link if you’ve forgotten it.  Having logged in, on the Join tab, which is the default after successful login, you’ll see an additional button View Renewal Offers on the right hand side at the top of the Join tab.  Click this, select the subscription rate you want to renew at, add it to the basket then check out.  The rest of the process is the same as earlier in the year.

If like me you pay your subscription by Direct Debit, the system will confirm that your subscription renews automatically so will prevent you making a further payment.

If you haven’t used the system in the past, the information needed to register was provided on the back of the address carrier sheet used to mail your November issues of SMT & Bulletin.  If you’ve lost this contact Warners on 01778 392016 (outside the UK: +44 1778 392016). Lines are open 8 am – 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm on Saturdays and Bank Holidays (UK time), excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Please don’t renew your subscription by re-joining the Association as a new member.  This creates a second membership record which will need to be detected and merged manually with your existing membership record, creating additional work for the team at Warners and for me.

I stress again that subscription renewals don’t fall due until 1st March 2019.  The normal invitation to renew your subscription will be provided during January, but those who want to renew early can get cracking now if they wish.

Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary

16 Nov 2018

November mailing

2018-11-16T18:54:52+01:00November 16th, 2018|Shed Notices|Comments Off on November mailing

The November editions of SMT and Bulletin were booked with Royal Mail for collection from Warners in Bourne at 15:00 this afternoon.  I was travelling back from Wales at the time so can’t categorically confirm this occurred, but if a booked time was missed then it will have been exceptional, so I expect them to start arriving with UK addresses from tomorrow.  Mailing to overseas recipients is as usual by Air Mail and arrival dates will vary by country.  Thanks to editors Gareth and Suzanne for their work on these issues and to the members who contributed articles for publication.

The back of the address carrier sheet used to mail these editions contains a personalised message for each member.  Please review yours before discarding the carrier.  Please also note that this is not a renewal invitation – this will come with the February 2019 mailing as usual.

Finally, if yours doesn’t arrive tomorrow, take heart.  A member in South Africa phoned me this evening.  His August editions have, due to postal issues within the country, arrived only today!  We’re both hoping that the November issues arrive before Christmas…

Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary

26 Oct 2018

New Association Branded Clothing Supplier

2018-10-26T16:40:11+01:00October 26th, 2018|Shed Notices|Comments Off on New Association Branded Clothing Supplier

As Members may be aware, our previous branded clothing supplier ceased trading earlier in the year. Your Board have considered a number of options with regard to this service to the membership and have reached agreement with a company called Logopolis to be our new supplier.

Logopolis are able to offer a considerably extended range of products all branded with our logo, with the additional facility of adding additional text (your name, local club or layout etc) as you wish at the time of ordering.

Orders are placed via a dedicated online site, which may be found at the following web address:

We have initially identified seven products from the extensive range Logopolis offer (see their general website at More products can be added at Members’ request to the Company Secretary, who will act as our principal contact with Logopolis.

Regretfully there is a £7.20 per order delivery charge levied, though if you are ordering as a local group this will have little impact on the overall cost.

Logopolis have agreed to attend the National Garden Railway Show next April and will offer a limit range of products for sale on the day along with the ability to accept online orders.

Mike Riley, Company Secretary

10 Oct 2018

2019 Association Members’ DVD

2018-10-10T11:59:53+01:00October 10th, 2018|Shed Notices|Comments Off on 2019 Association Members’ DVD

It’s that time of year again when we ask for contributions to the annual Association Members DVD video presentations.  University work has had to take priority for Zach this year so the Brockle Broadcasting team have taken charge of collecting and editing contributions and producing the DVD.

What we are looking for are short video pieces that appeal to a wide audience of 16mm Association members.  These need to be members own footage and not copyright material “borrowed” from other sources, and preferably not footage that you have already published as we get complaints if it’s been seen elsewhere!

The Association retains the right to accept / reject and to edit all footage submitted.

Now we don’t want to badger you, but as in past years it would make our job a whole lot easier if contributions could adhere to a few simple principles…

  • Resolution – 1080p “High Definition” for preference, “2K” or “4K” can also be accepted although these can be massive files, 720 at a pinch, but nothing less as the image will be much smaller than anything else or unacceptably grainy.
  • Frame rate : 25 or 50 frames per second “PAL” format – NB : video recorded on phones, tablets, drones and some “action cameras” can default to basically the American NTSC 29/30 or 60 frames and the entire file has to be rendered to make it compatible with other footage and the DVD making process, this not only takes a phenomenal time, but often results in some jerky looking footage
  • Please don’t add music! – not only do we get complaints, but music can cause copyright issues and make it impossible to re-edit the footage if this is necessary.
  • Clip length – generally somewhere between five and ten minutes seems to go down well. Shorter will be considered as will longer, but the latter needs to be really engaging!
  • Content – garden meetings, railways in action, techniques / how to’s, special builds (but not in real time!), overview / tour of garden railways, prototype action, heritage – both model and prototype, and so on.

Footage needs to be with me by 10th December 2018 to be edited and for the DVD to be manufactured.

Email for details of how to send your footage.

Thank you in anticipation.

Rod Nipper, Publicity Officer

17 Aug 2018

August mailing

2018-08-17T13:40:35+01:00August 17th, 2018|Shed Notices|Comments Off on August mailing

I’ve received confirmation from Warners that the August editions of SMT and Bulletin will be collected by Royal Mail this afternoon, so should start arriving with UK addresses from tomorrow.  Mailing to overseas recipients is as usual by Air Mail and arrival dates will vary by country.  Thanks to Gareth and Suzanne for all their work and to the members who contributed to these issues.  SMT includes a fold-out page to accommodate some plans.  I look forward to receiving my own copy to see what these are!

Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary

10 Jul 2018

“Model of the Month” submissions

2018-07-10T20:56:34+01:00July 10th, 2018|Shed Notices|Comments Off on “Model of the Month” submissions

Model of the Month” is one of the most popular sections of the Association web site – around 10% of all page views. It’s very much driven by the membership and our modelling interests, and is a great way for potential members to see what we are about – and for you to share what you have been building recently.

But we’re a bit short of Model of the Month material just now. Do you have a model you’d like to write about – doesn’t need to be long? Locos, carriages, buildings, structures and trackwork: whatever it is, do get in touch at

Richard Huss – IT Officer

10 Jul 2018

Association Clothing

2018-07-10T10:14:26+01:00July 10th, 2018|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Association Clothing

Unfortunately Welbeck Sports, our supplier of Association branded clothing, has ceased trading, and so it is not currently possible for members to order Association branded items.

The board will consider whether to seek a new supplier for these items.

7 Jun 2018

Help needed – engineering tool suppliers at the 2019 National Garden Railway Show

2018-10-08T21:18:29+01:00June 7th, 2018|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Help needed – engineering tool suppliers at the 2019 National Garden Railway Show

A regular comment from visitors to the National Garden Railway Show is that there are insufficient engineering tool suppliers present.  Trader Co-ordinator Carol Regan invites tool suppliers each year, including those who attend other shows and those suggested by members, but all declined this year’s show for a variety of reasons, some plausible, others less so.

These are commercial enterprises who you’d expect would weigh the cost of attending against likely profit.  Not attending what is the biggest show of its type in the UK suggests that they don’t think they’d make a profit.  It might change their views if Carol could provide them with the potential level of interest in what they supply.  If she could supplement this with information about the types of products that visitors might be interested in, this might strengthen the argument to participate.

Please can you take a moment to complete this survey.  Responses are anonymous.  Results will be summarised to tool suppliers when Carol sends out invitations to the 2019 National Garden Railway Show in August.  Thanks for your time and support.

Alan Regan, Chairman and Membership Secretary

Our thanks for the many responses to the survey, which has now closed.