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  1. Determining pension age is now in itself a problem due to all the government changes. For example you can no longer get a bus pass at 60 As for free children with your ticket beast66606 beat me to it Mal
  2. A big thanks from the "Stealth Bomber" team. A great weekend - good hospitality, friendly club members and a good guide to the local drinking establishments. Also, thanks for all the silver ware - now were's the phone number of my dodgy scrap metal dealer Mal
  3. Before you all get excited by the Olympics or even HMQ's Diamond Jubilee remember that the; 50th York Model Railway Show will take place this year The dates - Easter 2012 (7th, 8th and 9th April) The place - Knavesmire Stand, York Racecourse Although Mike Cook is no longer with us, he did select all the layouts and other stands for the 2012 event, so this will be the last York Show organised by Mike. Mal (Acting Show Manager) http://www.yorkshow.org.uk/
  4. A very sad loss to the hobby. Mike will be greatly missed at York each Easter. On a practical note, Mike had already completed a lot of the initial organisation for the 2012 Show and it will go ahead as planned. For the moment any queries regarding the 2012 York Model Railway Show should be addressed to myself. [email protected] Mal
  5. Sorry PLD you gazumped me whilst I was typing the above. Mal
  6. Firstly this is advertised as a "Model Engineering Exhibition" which suggests larger scales (garden railways, sit on and ride, etc.) than 7mm which the model railway world is use to, although I appreciate there is some overlap. A local entrepeneur tried a purely commercial show in the north east a few years ago, claiming that proceeds would be donated to the North Yorks Moors Railway. After the first year we discovered this was not true. Add to this, problems with claiming expenses, accommodation many miles from the venue, and the disappearance of all the organisers staff after about 1pm when they had collected the bulk of the gate monies (leaving trades/exhibitors to sort out the afternoon and "run" the show). The second similar event was shunned by most local modellers and clubs, leaving the organiser pulling in most layouts/traders from north Scotland. A third event did not happen!! My advice is to shun this event and north west clubs should try and persuade as many people as possible in the model railway world to not get involved. If you are interested in larger scales there are several well established events throughout the year organised by GOG or ALSRM. As for the Warners events - at least BRM is a model railway magazine, integral to our hobby and involves clubs (i.e. The Model Railway Club at Ally Pally) in their exhibitions. Mal
  7. Had one of these p***ts with his 00 Hornby trainset at Alsager the previous weekend. Full set of sound fitted locos bleating and bellowing in my left ear at 110db even though they were all stood in the fiddle yard But what about those working in 00 or P4 Mal
  8. Doesn't the universe collapse - or something! - if we ever reach 100% perfection?
  9. Not much interest in this on RMweb it seems. Paul Windle and I will be making the trip across the Pennines with his layout Moorton Bottom Yard. Details at http://www.alsagerra...ociation.co.uk/ Mal
  10. Quite right Steve. It was called "Area 51 - Groom Lake" by Stephen Carr (son of librarian Stuart), shown at Hull Model Railway Show 2006. Mal
  11. Sympathise with you Andy. We have had similar problems in Hull over the years with road signs (full story at the weekend if your interested along with some colourful language about Councils!!), and I know Nottingham faced the same problem one year when one department of their local Council didn't know what another department was doing. The soultion we have for the York Show is to employ a registered organisation to place road signs (in this case Traffic Management Services), but this is certainly beyond the financial capabilities of the Hull Show and I suspect your Exhibition as well. Mal
  12. I was about to start a thread on Ely having not seen one anywhere else. Great friendly show last time I was there. Keep the runway clear - I,ll be piloting the "Stealth Bomber" in on Friday afternoon Mal
  13. Better pack my extra dark tinted specs then B) Mal
  14. It's Easter next weekend so time to give this a bump. Mike Cook, who as many of you will know, was stuck in a hospital bed last year is hoping to be there for all three days this year. So watch out for a high speed Show Manager zooming round the Racecourse in his wheelchair Mal
  15. Will be interesting to record the actual mileage on the route we are planning along the Fosse Way as non of the route planners I have checked show this route (satnav, online, etc.). These vary from the shortest route via various Lincolnshire cart tracks at 400 miles round trip to the longest (fastest ) route at over 500 miles Mal
  16. Goxhill Quarries. The owner and at least one operator (me) are RM webbers. Mal
  17. "Stealth Bomber" prepared for take off. Landing at Yeadon later this afternoon Mal
  18. Good description. As a seasoned exhibitor I recognised both these venues immediately, but of course not mentioning any names! It is interesting to note that where exhibition managers are also regular exhibitors themselves that catering (and indeed all other aspects of the show) are generally better organised to make things easy for visiting layouts/traders/demonstrators. Mal
  19. If your that well off it's time all us treasurers put your stand rent up Mal
  20. Always sad when such a nice friendly Show has to pack up. Best wishes for the future. Mal
  21. Weather forecast is predicting it's going be quite mild compared with some of the previous years freezing setups. Now where are my shorts and sun hat Mal
  22. Hope you've got the runway cleared for landing the "Stealth Bomber" Mal
  23. We could probably manage this at York Racecourse Mal
  24. The pre-flight checks for the "Stealth Bomber" have been completed However with less than 2 miles to go from clubroom to Show we'll scarcely be able to achieve take off speed Mal
  25. Date is always the same Mike - the weekend which includes Remembrance Sunday. Mal
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