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  1. This may be a silly question, but what colour were the window bars on the 501s in green and blue days? Most colour photos I can find are 3/4 shots and whilst I think they are metallic, it could be light reflecting off painted bars. Thanks in anticipation. Tom
  2. After reading the guidelines, and undertaking a risk assessment, we've reopened Keen House (for members only at this stage) on Thursday evenings, with strict pre-booking to control numbers. Details have been sent to members - we hope to expand from Club nights to other meetings shortly.
  3. We've restarted Thursday Club nights at Keen House, after undertaking a risk assessment and setting limits for the maximum number of people in Keen House overall, and in each part of the building. To help, we're using Doodle to enable members to "book" - so they know they will be allowed in before travelling. It also gives us a handy record for T&T should it be needed. We've got a polycarbonate screen around the bar, and sanitiser and wipes readily available. Next stage is to follow the same process for our layout groups, and other groups who use our building.
  4. We've added more functionality to the website for visitors and members alike. There's a comments section now in the blogs. We'd welcome feedback from anyone on RMWeb... Primarily for members, but some of it is visible to guests, is our own mini forum. Nothing to compare with or rival RMWeb, but a chance for our layout groups and members to have virtual discussions along the lines they might in Keen House. There are some interesting threads on home layouts... Finally, and for everyone, we've listed some of the stock we would have sold at Alexandra Palace on a
  5. Even with a relatively short drive, loading the car up at silly o'clock in the morning (layout not insured in an unattended vehicle), drive to venue, unload with everyone else who arrives at the time the halls open for set up, set up in a couple of hours, operate all day, then pack up and drive home to unload and return the hire van. That's a long day for me, possibly even longer for the team. It's OK split over two days as you only have the set up or breakdown each day, and Friday set ups are even better as Saturday is just fun. Time will tell, and I'm sure we'll adjust to whatever the
  6. More blogs continue to appear - here's a screenshot of the latest: https://www.themodelrailwayclub.org/blog/
  7. Seems to be working for me. Although you've still got to phone orders through I think for credit card, or send a cheque...
  8. It takes a while to contact everyone. We thought it would be courteous to inform those we had invited and would have preferred to then tell all our club members before it went public. Although it turned out to be correct, it wasn't at all helpful when the weekend before the March Ally Pally was officially cancelled another club's Facebook page stated the show had been cancelled, and used it to promoted their show as "the last before lockdown". Although they rapidly removed the post, that created issues with some exhibitors and members, and given we were waiting for the government
  9. Can't help specifically due to gender, but we have a large number of mums who come to Young MRC and get stuck into modelling - whether doing scenery, making buildings or constructing wagon kits. So you are far from unique. Maybe some of them are on here...
  10. Geoff’s club isn’t the only one to benefit. If there’s a grant or subsidy available and any organisation or individual meets the criteria then they can have it. The big picture is that the scheme will protect many businesses and therefore jobs.
  11. We may be physically closed, but that’s not stopped us modelling, and some highlights are on our website https://www.themodelrailwayclub.org/blog/
  12. This will be no surprise, but we have suspended all meetings at Keen House until further notice. This includes club nights, layout groups and those other groups that normally meet in our building. London doesn't need unnecessary trips by public transport or car at the moment, and it would be tricky to say that any of the meetings at Keen House are necessary.
  13. Just to add the MRC's perspective, everything Andy says is true for us too. I'd like to especially thank the messages of support we've had from layout owners and teams. Doing something is of course difficult and would require a lot of discussion with a whole host of organisations and people - most exhibitions are organised a year or more in advance and given this decision to not hold the event is only hours old, we need some time.
  14. 4 simple rules I find work to avoid me looking like a twit as much as possible: Read back to the last time your were on a thread to see whether anyone else has said the same If you haven't been on the thread before, check the first page and the last couple so you at least have an idea of what's being said Check whether what I'm saying actually adds any value Be nice. I fear I might have failed my own point 3....
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