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  1. Completely agree with this. The national curriculum for history at primary school includes: "a significant turning point in British history, for example, the first railways." As part of a planned topic on the development of the railways with 7-9 years olds recently, I was trying to organise an educational visit much as you suggest here and found it very difficult. Most venues offered nothing in the way of educational materials or anyone who could talk to the children - it was just a group ticket rate and that's it. Several implied it was a desire for the future. I understand why this is with tight budgets etc but as I had to plan this to be led by teachers who didn't know what I do about the railways, the current offer just wouldn't have achieved as much. There is a lot of potential here to capture the interest of young children and make some important links to science and technology as well as history. This would be worthwhile investment in the future of many such heritage railways.
  2. Had a great time on Saturday. My three year old daughter was delighted to be able to drive Thomas and Bill by herself and hasn't stopped talking about it since. She was also fascinated by the Meccano models. A nice mix of layouts to view, all well set out. Nice, friendly atmosphere too. Thanks to all involved in putting it on.
  3. To be honest I'm surprised too... if I'd realised the email was so rare (!) I'd have shared it at the time... unlike DJ emails themselves there was no request to keep it hush hush Anyway, I've unearthed it from my deleted emails and here is the full text: "Following the closing down of DJ Models LTD, the development of this model has been suspended. As you have registered your interest previously, your details have been added to our Hattons Dreamlistnotification service and, should this model or a similar design be produced by another manufacturer, we will contact you with full information on this new item. For more details on the Hattons Dreamlist service please click here. Current stock of OO gauge GWR 'King' locomotives can be viewed here. If you have any further queries regarding this, please don't hesitate to get in touch via email or telephone."
  4. I had an email from Hattons a few days ago about this because I'd expressed interest in a OO King ages ago when first announced. The jist of the email was that this is like a wishlist feature which will help them gauge interest in order to possibly inform future commissions... no promises though and no mention of deals on existing tooling or anything.
  5. Well it was a slightly tongue in cheek comment but hey ho!
  6. I don't think the full potential of digital advertising has taken off in most of the modelling magazines although BRM comes the closest... If an advert contains a direct link or there is a link to buying a product straight from a review or a 'how to' then I'm more likely to make a purchase than through a paper magazine. As an aside I'd also argue that I can read my copy no problem in a power cut as my ipad can manage a good few days without the need to be plugged in and you can also have charger packs on standby that require no mains electricity then for quite some time... long after your candle has burned out!
  7. I tried multiple times over the weekend and couldn't get it to work no matter what I did so unfortunately it looks like I'll just have to miss out on future emails.
  8. I think the format could easily resemble the recent Lego challenge. This seemed to work well and I could see a similar style working for model railways. This involved collaboration (pairs), the same stock/equipment available to all teams, timed elements, creative challenges/themes. I know these shows all want drama and tension/stress, sometimes artificial... but they do also raise the profile of a hobby/interest and mostly show those involved as likeable and relatively normal!
  9. I'd agree with that. I only realised there was extra content after reading this thread. The Bachmann video was great but I'd dismissed it initially as an error on the page as it just showed a YouTube style link stuck in the middle of the page. These are the things I think make the digital issue well worthwhile.
  10. This is what appeals to me. I've tried various digital magazines and most I find uninspiring as they're just the same magazine but on a screen. I like BRM because it has extra features that exploit the digital platform like extra images, video and audio to add to the written content. One thing that surprises me is how little has been made of weblinks in digital magazines. I'm no great fan of advertising especially but it pays the bills in both paper and digital formats and we're all used to clicking links from websites to other related content which may in this case be online articles, Youtube videos, RMWeb threads, or websites where items used in an article may be purchased or a manufacturer's range can be viewed.
  11. http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/118560-model-train-collection-to-fetch-£150000/?p=2562214
  12. Dad says they had an H shaped aerial and only BBC although pretty poor reception even by the mid 60s.
  13. Dad says he used to watch the Lone Ranger at the house next door when he was about 7 which must have been around 1960. Before that he used to watch Bill and Ben with the people down the road so that must have been late 50s perhaps? He knows they definitely had their own TV by 1966 because they watched the World Cup on it. That's a bit more for you based on one street in Kingsbridge anyway! Hope it helps a bit. If I can find out anything else I'll pass it on - always fun to have a challenge!
  14. My Dad grew up in Kingsbridge and although they didn't have a TV at home he did used to visit a neighbour to watch TV. He would have been around 10 years old in the early sixties so there were definitely some people with TVs in Kingsbridge then. I can ask him when I next speak to him if more details would be useful?
  15. It isn't on the general website but the link worked for me. Perhaps try it again or perhaps it is temporarily unavailable for some reason?
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