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  1. Last visit of Gresley Beat to the north of England before it is retired. If you haven't seen it yet or wish to admire it once again York Show is your chance.
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    Derek Naylor

    Passed away last Friday. My condolences to his family and many long time friends. Derek was a regular visitor and contributor to many exhibitions, most notably Narrow Gauge North and York amongst others. A true gentleman who was one of the older scratchbulding generation. It was always worth stopping for a chat with him as he had a wealth of knowledge all the way back to his well known Aire Valley articles in the RM from the 1960s. RIP Derek Mal
  3. Tower Models is now dealing exclusively in larger scale models, 0 gauge upwards and declined the invitation to this year's Show. Caistor Loco has taken over his slot as general merchandiser and "box shifter".
  4. Website now updated to include this year's demonstrators and society stands plus late changes to layout and trader stands. See http://www.yorkshow.org.uk/index.html Mal
  5. To quote from my club's magazine, part of an article I wrote a couple of year's ago; An insurance value for your layout is not always easy to estimate. Any rolling stock (i.e. off the shelf locomotives, coaches, etc.) or individually bought in scenic items which are currently available are easy to price. Older items may have an increasing or decreasing value – time to consult the Antiques (Rail)Road Show! The layout itself is much more difficult to value. At one extreme is the simple cost of the materials which have gone into it’s construction, timber, track, wire and switches, scenic materials, etc. At the other extreme would be the complete cost of reconstruction of the layout employing a professional model maker. Choosing the latter would undoubtedly wipe out about 95% of the shows in the country which would be unable to afford the excessive insurance premiums for such highly valued exhibits. So a compromise of “material cost +” must be considered. It’s the size of the “+” which is the problem! Mal
  6. I will be at the Preston Exhibition this weekend with a supply of advance tickets. Seek me out on the Driffield layout (stand 34) if you wish to purchase one (or more) for the Easter extravaganza. Mal
  7. Very sad to hear this news. A regular contributor and visitor to York Model Railway Show over many years. He will be sadly missed, not least for the late night banter in the Newington. Condolences from the York team to his family. Mal
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    John Coulter

    I was lucky to know John mainly through the York Show as a true gent who helped man the Show Manager's office as well as enjoying a beer or two with him, both at York and Warley. RIP John, you will be sadly missed
  9. I use Serif Pageplus for compiling our club magazine and then convert it to a .pdf file in the save feature. There are various options when saving including quality, such that colour photos can be saved at anywhere between 96dpi and 600dpi the former producing quite a reasonable size file. For example the latest edition of the magazine which included a lot of photos was 12 pages and came out as 3.8mb file for emailing (150dpi). The same file for paper printout (300dpi, high quality) was a much bigger 18.4mb file. The latest version of Pageplus is designated X8, cost about £85 but earlier versions are more than adequate and can be found much cheaper (or even free!). Mal
  10. Set up now nearly successfully completed. Hope to see some of you tomorrow. Mal
  11. Don't know about current pics but already pre-booked for York 2017. Mal
  12. These are the cheapo plastic ones. The metal top ones as shown in the OP were far more robust. Still have a few kicking around the Hull MRS club rooms I believe along with SM3 point motors, black fronted (1950s) H&M controllers, etc. Agree - never throw anything away!
  13. The usual bus service from the railway station is now confirmed. The service number is 197 and goes from Bus Stand RJ on the opposite side of the road to the Station. The first bus will leave the railway station at approx. 9.30 each day. Note - This service is operated by the local bus company and is not free.
  14. Not happening until tomorrow Peter! Mal
  15. Will be traveling up as second man with Paul Windle and his layout, Moorton Bottom Yard. Mal
  16. Who is volunteering to bring the volume control?
  17. The "Stealth Bomber" had a successful test flight in the club room last night with just a couple of very minor repairs to finish. So, ready to fly south in 10 days time. Looking forward to the Show - quite a number of years since I've visited Chatham. Mal
  18. The system was partly used on Crumley and Little Wickhill as the track plan was modified and re-aligned several times during construction to ensure the scenic hillsides and valley looked "right" from both ends of the layout. Mal
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    York 2014

    Check shirts ironed, stewards' rota at the ready - don't get them mixed up
  20. BigMal

    York 2014

    Microsoft support for Windows XP may have finished today but there is still time to get your advanced tickets for York. Save money, avoid the ticket queues and obtain access from 9.45am if you wish (15min. before the main doors open) The advance ticket office will be open for another 48 hours. See the website for details. http://www.yorkshow.org.uk/advance.htm
  21. Show equipment extracted from the depths of the club rooms last night. All we have to do now is move it to Costello Stadium and erect everything - groan!!! At least it's not raining. Mal
  22. Sounds about right for a local paper. Are you all "chuffed, steamed up and making tracks to" as well?
  23. Yes, I get a lot of that in York as well. Mal
  24. "Stealth Bomber" now all checked out and ready to fly south next Friday. Looking forward to the weekend. Mal
  25. That square at No. 30 should be a triangle in Stealth Bomber black
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