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20 Dec 2017

Association History and the 40th Anniversary Etch

2017-12-20T22:38:03+00:00December 20th, 2017|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Association History and the 40th Anniversary Etch

I’m pleased to advise that John Wenlock has completed the Association History and Gareth Jones has laid it out in time for publication before Christmas – just!  Both have really pulled out all the stops to complete what’s been a major piece of work.  The History will be collected by Royal Mail from Warners Midlands on Thursday 21st December.  It’s a busy time of the year for the postal services and whilst as usual it’s going First Class to UK addresses and Air Mail to all overseas addresses, some of us may not receive it until after Christmas.  So if your mate down the road has his and you haven’t, please be patient – it is on its way!

I’ve less positive news about the Anniversary Etch.  The timeframe needed to create and deliver 230 sheets, which need to be cut into 18 individual etches and then bagged, means that we can’t deliver it before the February 2018 mailing.  During the time we’ve been working on it, costs have risen putting the project very well outside the planned budget.  So instead, we’re working on creating the headboard on its own as a flat, pre-coloured, sealed sign which can be delivered with February 2018 SMT and within the budget originally envisaged.  I can’t confirm that we’ll achieve this at present – we’re waiting for samples and confirmation that it can be glue tacked to one of the elements of the February mailing.  As soon as I have more information I’ll share it via Shed Notices and our other social media.

But to return to the History, which other than the cover page will be as big a surprise to me as it will be for all but a few members, I’d like to thank John and Gareth for the work they’ve both done.  I’d also like to thank all those who supported John in compiling the publication, which hopefully will include happy memories for many members and an insight into how the Association has developed for newer members.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you and your families.

Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary

15 Dec 2017

Christmas Quiz 2017

2017-12-15T19:56:07+00:00December 15th, 2017|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Christmas Quiz 2017

It’s nearly Christmas, and so it’s time for the Association’s Christmas Quiz; this year Laurence Smith is again 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 2017.

Take me to the quiz!

Richard Huss, IT Officer

25 Nov 2017

Video footage for the 2018 Association DVD

2017-11-25T20:53:28+00:00November 25th, 2017|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Video footage for the 2018 Association DVD

Dear all,

Many thanks indeed to our contributors last year and those who have already sent in content for the annual DVD. I must apologies for being a little late this year for this reminder but we are still looking for contributions to the DVD. We’d ideally MP4 or MOV PAL, format files at 25 or 50 frames per second, without music (as high quality as possible) to be sent via Dropbox or similar with a link sent by email to: (Any queries should be fielded to this address also.) We’d like each video to be fewer than 10 minutes long. There is still time to get out into the garden with a camera and enjoy the enhanced steam effects the colder weather affords us, or perhaps you have some footage taken over the summer languishing on an SD card?

We’d be particularly grateful for any “How to” instructional videos on any garden railway topic – for example weathering, coal firing or point construction. There have also been requests for more overall shots showing how the railway fits into the garden – perhaps showing a track plan as part of the video may be of benefit to those members who are currently planning their own garden railways?

I wrote a few words on some ideas last year which are still relevant – you can read them here – On filming.

I look forward to receiving your videos!

Zach Bond (of the DVLR)

17 Nov 2017

November 2017 SMT and Bulletin

2017-11-17T14:15:09+00:00November 17th, 2017|Shed Notices|Comments Off on November 2017 SMT and Bulletin

The November SMT and Bulletin were collected by Royal Mail from Warner’s at 11:00 today, for all domestic and overseas recipients. Postage to UK addresses is First Class, and postage to overseas addresses is First Class, Air Mail.

Please see our “Problems with Magazines” page if your magazine fails to arrive within 14 days of the expected date.

Many thanks to both editors, and to those who contributed to both magazines.

Alan Regan, Chairman and Membership Secretary

7 Sep 2017

Web site scheduled maintenance, 10-11 September

2017-09-12T20:58:03+00:00September 7th, 2017|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Web site scheduled maintenance, 10-11 September

Our web hosting company will be carrying out planned maintenance on Sunday night (10th September) and into Monday morning, between 2330 Sunday and 0430 Monday BST. We expect downtime to be in the region of 20-30 minutes.

During this period the Association websites will be unavailable, and email to Association addresses will be queued for delivery once service resumes.

Richard Huss, IT Officer

26 Aug 2017

Missing Avonside model

2017-08-27T20:39:52+00:00August 26th, 2017|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Missing Avonside model

Roger Hine of Friog Railway Services reports that a maroon Avonside bogie diesel, with sound and radio control, has been lost in transit despite being shown as delivered by the courier. He would like to make as many people as possible aware of this loco in case it is offered for sale.

Richard Huss, IT Officer

11 Aug 2017

August SMT & Bulletin – on track

2017-08-10T08:26:06+00:00August 11th, 2017|Shed Notices|Comments Off on August SMT & Bulletin – on track

The August issues of SMT and Bulletin have been uploaded to Warners systems in readiness for printing and posting next week.  Royal Mail is scheduled to collect the packages on Friday 18th for dispatch to UK addresses by First Class Post and to overseas addresses by Air Mail.  If your copy hasn’t arrived by Monday 28th, please contact Warners be email at or by phone on 01778 392016.  Telephone lines are open 8 am – 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm on Saturdays and Bank Holidays.

Thanks as usual to Suzanne and Gareth for compiling and editing their respective magazines.  I hope you enjoy them when they arrive.

Alan Regan, Chairman and Membership Secretary

20 Jun 2017

“Model of the Month”

2017-06-20T20:15:15+00:00June 20th, 2017|Shed Notices|Comments Off on “Model of the Month”

Our “Model of the Month” is a very popular part of the Association web site – accounting for just under 10% of all page views. And it’s one section of the site which is very much driven by the membership and their modelling interests, and is a great way for potential members to see what we are about.

But at present we’re a bit short of Model of the Month material. Do you have a model you’d like to write about (doesn’t need to be long) for a future month? Locos, carriages, buildings, structures and trackwork: it’s all of interest. Do get in touch at

Richard Huss – IT Officer

19 May 2017

May SMT & Bulletin – on track

2017-05-19T14:47:26+00:00May 19th, 2017|Shed Notices|Comments Off on May SMT & Bulletin – on track


The May mailing, comprising SMT, Bulletin, the 40th Anniversary Sticker Sheet and each member’s personalised Public Liability Insurance Certificate, is on schedule for collection today by Royal Mail from Warners Midlands, who perform printing and packaging.  It is being sent to all members who had renewed their membership as at first thing Monday 15th May.  A number of members have renewed after this time – they will receive their May packages toward the end of the month.  Any members who subsequently renews will receive the same package in the week after they renew.  I again encourage any member with a UK bank account who left it this late to renew their membership to take out a Direct Debit for next year’s renewal, which will perhaps help them and will certainly help the Association next year.

Thanks to Gareth for the 100 page bumper edition of SMT, Suzanne for Bulletin and Rod for the Anniversary Sticker Sheet.  I hope you all enjoy it when it arrives.

Alan Regan, Chairman and Membership Secretary

4 May 2017

Membership Renewals

2017-05-04T11:16:38+00:00May 4th, 2017|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Membership Renewals

I’m pleased to advise that the vast majority of you have renewed your membership for the year to 28th February 2018, but a number have yet to do so. If you’re one of these members, you risk missing the bumper 100 page 40th anniversary issue of SMT, the Anniversary Sticker Sheet, Bulletin and your personal copy of the Public Liability Insurance Certificate which provides cover to 1st June 2018.

Warners will send a reminder tomorrow afternoon to those who have an email address and have so far failed to renew.  If you wish to continue as part of our worldwide body of 16mm scale narrow gauge modellers, please act on the invitation in the email now. The address list for the May mailing will be created first thing on Friday 12th May, so if you haven’t renewed by that date you won’t receive May SMT and the other items above. Note that the on-line renewal sent out by email in February and also in March remains valid so you can still use this.

If a busy life has caused you to overlook previous invitations to renew and you have a UK bank account, please consider taking out a Direct Debit for the current and future renewals. You can do this over the phone and you will be joining over 30% of the membership who already renew this way.

The Association doesn’t apply a surcharge for renewing membership late, but it does incur additional costs when this happens. If you haven’t so far renewed, please help us to minimise these costs by doing so as soon as you see this message.

Our dedicated renewal number is 01778 392016 and telephone lines are open 8 am – 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm on Saturdays and Bank Holidays, excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Thanks for your support.

Alan Regan, Membership Secretary