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  1. I guess the problem with only selling to businesses with physical premises is that new model shops have to start somewhere. Taking on a shop premises and buying enough stock to fill it is quite a financial gamble, and I can understand someone wanting to get a toe in the water by trading from home first. Trouble is of course it's impossible to tell the difference between people doing that and the "wide boys" and of course manufacturers supplying the 'sell from home over the internet' businesses who have fewer overheads, undermines the remaining model shops.
  2. Yes, there used to be a small model shop with a permanent premises in Haverfordwest Market Hall but he found the manufacturers wouldn't sell to him because of his address.
  3. As an Information Rights Officer, a few words on GDPR: The important principles of GDPR are that personal information should: * Only be used for the purpose for which it was obtained * Be kept to a minimum (i.e. don't ask for information you don't need) * Not be kept longer than necessary * Kept (and disposed of) securely The Information Commisioner's Office have published guidance here on collection of data for contact tracing purposes. It's all pretty common sense stuff to be honest, the only thing that might not be immediately obvious would be not to have all the contact details below each other in a book so that someone filling in their details can read those of the people. above. One way round this would be to have a spiral bound notebook, where when someone has written their details on the page, you turn the page over and put a rubber band around it. Another option would be to have printed slips that the visitors fill in and put in a sealed box with a slit in the lid (like a ballot box!). The snags with either of those methods come not from GDPR but from practicalities. Having someone stop at the entry desk to sign a book and write down their phone number will slow down the queue behind them. Also there is the risk of cross-contamination of book or pen by the person writing their details down. Either way, the information should be kept securely for a minimal period of time (I see no reason to keep it more than 2-3 weeks) then destroyed.
  4. It should also be borne in mind that if HS2 is primarily about relieving capacity on the WCML. then there is less need to do this as you progress further north - Oxenholme for example gets two passenger trains each way an hour currently, Likewise the Settle-Carlisle gets one passenger train each way every two hours on average. A more cost-effective method of increasing capacity on these routes would be a combination of signalling improvements and goods laybys, rather than building a whole new line.
  5. There were however a series of cartoons in the Modeller in the 60s (not called Ortogo) which made light-hearted suggestions for animated features on layouts, which may be what Jason is thinking of. Edit - just noticed Kevin LMS has already identified these as 'Living Lineside' by Dax.
  6. Yes, "Making heavy weather" - not just trees moving but also things like theatrical fog machines and fitting a shower head over the layout to make it rain, as well as having a rising and setting sun on a curved track. I credit that article as being some of the inspiration behind my micro layout 'Where Seagulls Dare' (see profile pic) which has moving clouds, sun, and swaying trees on the backscene. i don't remember the Morill EU spoof but I do seem to remember one about the EU banning wooden baseboards on fire safety grounds....
  7. Tunnelling onwards under Manchester shouldn't be too difficult - it ought to be possible to follow the course of the Rochdale Canal and then the A62 up to Miles Platting without having many tall buildings to avoid.
  8. Pity you're in East Anglia - I saw one in a shop in Reading last week (can't remember the price!)
  9. I think what's more of an issue isn't so much the wording of the law, it's about keeping seats clean. If passengers can get on and off at every station, then the seats would need cleaning at each stop. If passengers are only allowed to board at one station, the seats only need cleaning at the end of each round trip. Also it may be with some railways that a high proportion of their volunteers are either still shielding or don't yet feel confident going back to a public facing role so there may not be enough volunteers to man all the stations.
  10. Reminds me of the story of the overseas businessman who travelled to the UK to visit a firm in Northampton. The firm sent someone to Northampton station to pick him up, but his booked train came and went and there was no sign of him. The person detailed to pick him up called him to find out where he was. "I'm in the station on the other side of town." "There isn't a station on the other side of town. There's only one station in Northampton. Where are you?" "I'm in Southampton...."
  11. Are the earthworks part of HS2? I'd undrestood it would be passing a lot closer to Quainton Road than that.
  12. WCRC are planning for alternate tables for four along either side of the aisle. along with two seats for single travellers in each carriage.
  13. Not on the RailAdvent list (yet) but Ruislip Lido Railway due to reopen 4th July https://www.ruisliplidorailway.org/ I'v also had an email from the Railway Touring Company advising they intend to start running tours in August.
  14. The gist I got from today's press conference was that after the relaxations announced today, there are unlikely to be any further major relaxations potentially for up to 12 months (Chris Whitty) and future 'progress' is more likely to be in terms of working with various sectors (sports, theatres, etc) to find ways of enabling those sectors to resume within current guidelines. I suspect model railway exhibitions will come quite a long way down that list... :-(
  15. The irony though is that apart from the infilled cutting at Heaton Mersey, there are vacant trackbeds (albeit much in use as long-distance paths) most of the way to Stoke-on-Trent, so had Metrolink not been built, it could have been a cheaper alternative to HS2 Phase 2.
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