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1 Jan 2020

SMT Back Issue Sales

2020-01-01T20:55:26+00:00January 1st, 2020|Shed Notices|Comments Off on SMT Back Issue Sales

In my Chairman’s Column in November 2019 SMT, I described the changes that were planned to the SMT Back Issue Service.

I’m pleased to advise that the range of SMT Back Issues available on-line from Warners has been expanded and now covers from issue 114, November 2005, to issue 173, November 2019.  Please click this link to view and order available copies.

Space for Back Issues at Warners is limited and demand for earlier issues is expected to be low, so those from issue 24, June 1983, to issue 113, August 2005, are available direct from the Association.  There are some issues for which we no longer have stock, so please email to confirm availability and price.

The Back Numbers page on this web site has been updated with similar instructions.

Alan Regan, Chairman and Membership Secretary

15 Dec 2019

Christmas Quiz 2019

2019-12-15T19:04:35+00:00December 15th, 2019|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Christmas Quiz 2019

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for, which means that the festive season has truly arrived: the Association Christmas Quiz! We’re delighted that Laurence Smith has set the quiz once more this year.

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 2020

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 2019.

Take me to the quiz!

Richard Huss, IT Officer

14 Dec 2019

Locomotive drawings added to Resources

2019-12-14T15:21:16+00:00December 14th, 2019|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Locomotive drawings added to Resources

In the course of preparing digital copies of SMT for our planned Members Only web site, we’ve realised that loco drawings which appeared in previous issues of SMT might usefully be included in the Resources section of this site.  Plans of Keith Bucklitch’s ‘Isibutu’ and Keith Dyer’s ‘Victory’ have been added to the Resources section.  Further drawings will be added as the originals become available.  The drawings as they appeared in the printed issues of SMT were often presented over two pages.  In the digital issues we’re presenting these on a single, landscape oriented page.  We think that this will be easier and hopefully more enjoyable to read but insofar as this makes them difficult to use for building purposes, we’re making the original drawings available as well.

Work on the Members Only site is progressing well.  We have 115 copies of SMT, Bulletin or Special Issues loaded and are now in the process of upgrading our web infrastructure to support the additional traffic which the site will generate.  Once this is complete, current members for whom we have a valid email address will be invited in groups to access the site, meaning that access will be offered over a number of days.  We’ll make a further announcement on Shed Notices when this starts, which at this stage we expect will be in January 2020.

Alan Regan, Chairman and Membership Secretary
Richard Huss, IT Officer

15 Nov 2019

November 2019 mailing

2019-11-15T12:27:45+00:00November 15th, 2019|Shed Notices|Comments Off on November 2019 mailing

Warners Midlands have confirmed that the November mailing of SMT and Bulletin will be collected today by Royal Mail from Bourne in Lincolnshire.  Mailing to UK addresses is first class and to members overseas is by Air Mail.  Though the entire mailing is collected at the same time, most packages 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.

We are again using the bulk printed address carrier sheets.  The eight-digit number prefixed with a E, above your name and postal address, is your Subscription Number on Warners Group Publications systems.  You use this to log on to our Subscription Management System to view and manage your address, phone number and publication preferences.  For more details please see my Membership Column in November’s Bulletin.

Alan Regan, Chairman and Membership Secretary

5 Oct 2019

Brian Dominic

2019-10-05T18:50:03+01:00October 5th, 2019|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Brian Dominic

It is with great sadness that I have to advise members that Brian Dominic died peacefully in hospital this morning after a short battle with an infection which tragically proved untreatable.

Brian had been a member of the Association for most of its 42 years and was an active director at the time of his death, having served on the Board at various times and in various capacities down the years.  His passion was for budget narrow gauge modelling, which was the topic he chose to write about in his recent guest contribution to the Chairman’s Column in August SMT.  He had started creating an affordable train kit for the prize draw at the 2020 National Garden Railway Show, which the Board will see through to completion.

Our thoughts are with Brian’s wife Susan and his two sons.  Subject to the family’s permission, we will publish details of his funeral arrangements when available.

An obituary will appear in November SMT and I invite members who knew him to send me their memories so that they may be included.

Brian was an irrepressible, ebullient character who will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Alan Regan – Chairman & Membership Secretary, on behalf of the Board of Directors

4 Oct 2019

Aylsham Model Railway Show

2019-10-04T08:42:05+01:00October 4th, 2019|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Aylsham Model Railway Show

Alan Butcher of the North East Norfolk Area Group asks us to communicate that “Aylsham Minor” will not be running at the Bure Valley Railway this weekend (5th/6th October 2019). The Aylsham Model Railway Exhibition is taking place as advertised on Saturday 5th October.

Dave Gordon, Bulletin Editor

27 Sep 2019

“Model of the Month” and “Photo of the Week” submissions

2019-10-02T19:41:49+01:00September 27th, 2019|Shed Notices|1 Comment

Model of the Month” and “Photo of the Week” are among the most popular sections of the Association web site – a great way for potential members to see what we are about, and for us to share what we have been up to recently.

But we’re short of material for both sections just now.

Do you have a model you’d like to write about for a “Model of the Month” article – doesn’t need to be long? Locos, carriages, buildings, structures and trackwork: whatever it is, do get in touch at

Or, do you have a photo you’d like to send in for “Photo of the Week” – maybe of a recent steam-up event you attended, maybe a scene on your own railway, or a model you’ve built? If so, again please get in touch at

Richard Huss – IT Officer

17 Sep 2019

Yorkshire Garden Railway Show date

2019-09-17T13:07:14+01:00September 17th, 2019|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Yorkshire Garden Railway Show date

Please be aware that there was an editorial error in the latest edition of GardenRail magazine – the Yorkshire Garden Railway Show is of course on SATURDAY 28th September, and not Sunday.

It is a one day show and at Elsecar Heritage Centre this year. Details can be found in the Events section of this web site.

Rod Nipper, Publicity Officer

17 Aug 2019

August 2019 mailing – address carrier sheet

2019-08-17T09:13:02+01:00August 17th, 2019|Shed Notices|Comments Off on August 2019 mailing – address carrier sheet

As UK members receive this month’s mailing with its new format address carrier sheet, note that the eight-digit number prefixed with an E on the last line of your address is your Subscription Number on Warners Group Publications systems.  For some members this is also their Association membership number, for others, their membership number is separate and all numeric, up to five digits.  Either can be used when communicating with Warners, for example, to make postal or email address and phone number changes.

There will be a second number present, in some cases followed by three stars.  These were generated as part of the mailing process for ordering purposes and are not your membership number.

I anticipate the the Subscription Number will also appear after the last line of the address for overseas recipients of the mailing but cannot confirm this.  I do not expect any further numbers or characters to follow the Subscription Number.

Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary

16 Aug 2019

August 2019 mailing

2019-08-16T11:54:36+01:00August 16th, 2019|Shed Notices|Comments Off on August 2019 mailing

Warners Midlands have confirmed that the August mailing of SMT and Bulletin has completed and will be collected at 15:00 today by Royal Mail from Bourne.  Mailing to UK addresses is first class and to members overseas is by Air Mail.  Some of us will receive our magazine on Saturday but the vagaries of the post will mean that others don’t until Monday or Tuesday and overseas somewhat later.

The address carrier sheet will look a little different this time as we’re trialing a new mailing process which we anticipate will reduce postage costs.  The carrier sheets are printed in bulk and the delivery address is applied during the mailing process, which will also reduce the risk of individual addresses being missed.  I’ll report on the outcome of the trial in November SMT.

Alan Regan, Chairman and Membership Secretary

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