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  1. Hull Model Railway Show 2016 The 2016 show will be on Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th November 2016 *** Remembrance Weekend as usual *** Opening times are Saturday: 10am to 5pm; Sunday: 10am to 4:30pm At the Costello (Athletics) Stadium, Anlaby Park Road North, HULL, HU4 6XY Admission: Adult: £5.00, Junior (5-15 years old) £1 [under 5 free] Featuring around 18 layouts in scales from 'N' to - 'G' plus the usual varied selection of trade stands and demonstrators. Full Details are available from the Society Website.
  2. Believe that so far only 201 has ventured outside the confines of the depot, and that only out of hours. They have yet to even run on trial alongside the original cars, so still a long way off carrying paying passengers...
  3. Now that's interesting and needs investigating - it was certainly £1 last year and we thought it would be the same this time - but two different charges are quoted . . .? Mike - I was also charged £2. That was c10:20 on Sunday in the barriered car park off the roundabout immediately in front of the Roundhouse...
  4. Just back home from Derby... Overall a very good show. Some of the issues from last year had been addressed - the additional catering outlet was useful (and well priced) and the library was better laid out with the large circulating space in the middle. I agree with comments above on the sameness of many layouts, though there wasn't actually a 'Bad' one among them just some indifferent operation... In summary a very good show, though in my view not quite matching the very high standard set last year. It just didn't seem to have the same 'buzz' and there seemed to be fewer bodies in than on the Sunday last year...
  5. Resurrecting a 4 year old thread to post a weak joke - a waste of time?
  6. Yeah - there's bound to be a trader hogging the lift when you want to move the loco, and I don't fancy the job of carrying it down the stairs!
  7. The two Sandtoft ones are indeed Sheffield 1924 Brush Cars 419 and 422. The East Anglia one is an ex Lowestoft Corporation Tramways Milnes Single Deck (Number Unknown) A useful source for these sort of relics is the Vintage Carriages Trust Railway Heritage Register. http://www.tram.vintagecarriagestrust.org/tms/tmsearch.asp
  8. The Government Department of Infrastructure (who already run the Manx Electric, Snaefell and Steam Railways) will operate the horse trams "using existing railway staff", on a "reduced service from early May" As I understand it, there is a cap of £50,000 on subsidy from the DoI, compared to claimed costs of between £240k and £270k and reported losses of £100k - £150k so it may not be a daily service or reduced operating hours. There is no commitment beyond this year. http://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/government-to-keep-horse-trams-on-track-for-now/
  9. "Inset" or "Embedded" track are the usual terms used in tramway circles. Sometimes "Paved track" is also used particularly where it is not shared with other motor vehicles.
  10. Thanks Andy, I haven't knowingly signed up for any MRL/RMweb newsletter as far as I can recall, and it seems odd it is addressed to my Forum username, hence the assumption that information was lifted from the forum, however if 'Ben's was addressed to another name (his real name), it does point to a combining of databases as you say, but missing some opt-out flags and the like... Paul
  11. I have received an e-mail from the address <[email protected]> titled "Who wants a free £40 Gaugemaster Voucher? + £1 off BRM’s April issue" starting "Dear PLD" This is a marketing e-mail pushing various Warners Group Mags and the Ally Pally show. I regard this as unsolicited SPAM. Given it is addressed to my forum user name I can only assume that "World of Railways" have obtained my e-mail from the forum database. When I signed up for RMWeb I specifically selected the option (as I always do) to NOT receive any form of marketing information. Furthermore, after a previous spate of e-mails pushing "Buy & Sell" and after getting no reply from forum staff when I reported it to them, I wrote to Warners Head office and got a very nice apology from someone (I can't remember the name) high up in the Warners organisation, with an assurance that my details would be removed from their marketing database and the messages did indeed stop. It is therefore disappointing that it appears that details have again been shared from the forum database. Has anyone else had similar messages? Any thoughts on how to stop them PERMANENTLY other than the drastic action of writing to the Information Commissioners Office? Paul
  12. I presume O gauge referring to Tower models withdrawal and the Gauge O Guild Summer Show being at Doncaster... Not that it is correct given the number of specialists at York, and a bit unfair to criticise the show given that Tower WERE invited but declined...
  13. And we're certainly proud of Miss P, Jamie, and also proud of Heritage Painting's slightly less high profile work on two of the tram fleet (with another possibly to be done this year!)
  14. Fitting a chassis into the Oxford model will be a challenge. It is very narrow between the truck sides and even the small Japanese mechanisms are mostly too wide. There are a few other options. Tom Williamson has done resin Blackpool Balloon and Brush cars in N. See his 'Thornton Gate' layout thread. There is the Matchbox / Typhoo and (assorted copies) diecast tram which is a little oversize for N but is a reasonable representation of a London CC E1. There have also been several whitemetal kits of varying degrees of quality and accuracy. Most use the old-style Farish DMU motor bogie.
  15. My understanding is that this and other weekend blockades in Jan/Feb are for work on existing infrastructure to allow the tram-trains to operate throughout the network; the intention being that they will run on existing services ahead of the Rotherham line opening. I can't remember the full list of locations, but the Park Square bridge was the big one on the list with two full weekends allocated. Unconfirmed rumour is that there a few 'swept path' issues with line-side items that aren't quite where they should be...
  16. Visited today, vVenue easy enough to find if you pre-planned - I ditched the car at a Tram Stop just off the motorway and rode in to Piccadilly armed with the map from the website, but noticed little in the way of signage (show specific or generic signage for the venue) until almost at the door. I arrived approx 11:15 and by then, the reported early queues had died down, so quick and easy entry, but boy was it packed inside... A few issues with the layout of the show which being the first year in a new venue are forgiveable as 'on a learning curve' - there were certainly some tight spots in both main halls (but no worse than another show in the locality earlier this year) and the lack of barriers didn't help one poor front of layout operator who found himself being swept away from his own layout by the tide of bodies! As for the two small rooms - once you were in you had to fight to get out as too many people didn't get the idea that if they were patient and let others out first, there'd be more space for them to push in to!! . I do wonder if you would struggle to fit some larger layouts in the rooms used this year. Are there are any other larger rooms in the building that could be used? Catering seemed reasonably well organised - I queued for less than 5 minutes circa 12:45. Reasonable quality at a fair price, and except at the absolute peak just about enough seating. Layouts - a good variety covering all the main bases. Tollesbury Quay and Stamford East were the standout for quality, and credit to Gillan & Brown for audience interaction, but a couple of others the operators seemed to give 'having a chat with their mates' a higher priority... Trade - Reasonable variety. A few significant 'names' you might expect to see (subject to availability) missing, and probably 1 too many 'box-shifter' and electricals... Overall - a good effort and worth the money. Certainly better than any of the 'Armitage Years'; not quite back to the standard of the latter days in the Co-op, but with a few tweaks well on the way back to the top...
  17. As are the M5000s to Manchester and the Flexities were to Blackpool. Delivery in one piece is a lower risk option. Fully assemble and wire in the factory and in some cases, test running and mileage accumulation before delivery in close proximity to the factory allowing rapid entry to service - Metrolink are currently averaging around 12 days from touchdown to carrying passengers...
  18. Should we remember him? Who was he? what did he do that we may remember him for?
  19. The present Teal and Swan were new builds in 1936 & 1938 respectively replacing the earlier vessels of the same names. However both were substantially rebuilt in the 1970s and little of the 1930s original remains above decks...
  20. Nope... Struggling to see the two locos of the same class in that one...
  21. The "Retailer Commissions" section is an obvious and I think welcome development. For exclusive models (as opposed to reliveries of existing models) it addresses (or sidesteps depending on your perspective) the question of who is ultimately responsible for the model - the retailer or the contracted traditional manufacturer? Some of them (Kernow and Hattons in particular) are reaching the stage where they can almost be considered manufacturers in their own right. Look how much of the design and development is either in house or directly contracted - the Hattons King thread is a good example, the traditional 'manufacturer' (Dapol, Bachmann, DJM etc) are effectively an intermediary or subcontractor. That's not to dismiss their contribution BTW - it's their contacts with the factories in China that ultimately makes it all happen...
  22. YOU should build a layout for yourself - one that is going to maintain your interest during building and you are happy to spend upto 8 hours a day playing with. The Exhibition Manager should select layout for others tastes not just their own. A good show will have a balance to have something for everyone, and not be full of identical layouts of any style or era...
  23. Just celebrate that two are fit for service at the same time!
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