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Bulletin 500

Bulletin 500 aThe January  / February 2018 edition of The Bulletin marks a major milestone - our 500th Bulletin. Published every two months for our members and affiliated societies, it always includes a range of interesting articles written by members of the oldest and largest model railway club in the world.

Our Chairman Tony Cox says "The 500th edition of the Bulletin is a fantastic achievement. I would like to thank all of the editors down the years, including our current editor, John, for all their hard work. Also thanks to those involved in sending it out, from preparing the labels to stuffing the envelopes and finally putting into the post. All concerned deserve a massive pat on the back."

Our current editor John Jesson comments: "Over its 60 years the Bulletin has changed a lot, but, so has the model railway hobby. I wonder what the railway modellers of all those years ago would have made of what modelling is today? Computers, electronics and greater choice of materials have made so much possible; DCC, train detection and control, battery power, laser cutting and 3D printing, the list is almost endless. I wonder, also, what developments are around some future corner? Perhaps thought control, when all we have to do is think what we want to happen and it will? Fanciful? Maybe. But, as I've said, the hobby has changed a lot in the past, so there is no reason to think that technology will not provide  new ways of pursuing our hobby."

This landmark issue is on its way to members, and includes:

  • An update on the Club's best known layout, "Copenhagen Fields" - on how a layout can last so long and still not be finished.
  • A history of Flying Bananas, Hamburgers - and radio control for a model
  • Jack Nelson's LNW Modelling in North Wale
  • A look back to two of the Club's best known OO gauge layouts
  • A review of the Heljan Class 28
  • Happisburgh Goods travels to Tinkers Park
  • A look at a group called MOROP. (MOdelisme euROPeene) roughly translated as the European Union of Model Railroad and Railroad Fans
  • And updates from around the MRC.

 The Bulletin is a bi-monthly publication sent to all members of The Club - new members are welcome

Changes to Islington's parking charges

From January 3rd 2018, an additional charge of £2 per hour will apply to all diesel vehicles paying for short stay parking in Islington, which controls the parking zones in the streets around Keen House. The council says it is to help reduce harmful emissions and improve air quality on Islington. More details can be found here:

http://democracy.islington.gov.uk/documents/s13600/Diesel%20surcharge%20on%20Short%20Stay%20Parking%20Executive%20Nov%202017.pdf

There are no changes to the hours of operation, so this will only affect those who come by diesel powered vehicle for meetings at Keen House before 6.30pm Monday to Friday, or before 1.30pm on Saturdays.

2018 Committee

At our 76th AGM on 7th December 2017, we had a couple of changes in the committee.

Tom Cunnington has been elected as Deputy Chairman, replacing Mike Lloyd. Gus Paul has been elected to the committee, and takes up the post of Membership Secretary. Tony Cox continues as Chairman, David Aplin as Treasurer, and Elizabeth Livett as Secretary.

The email addresses as listed in the Bulletin have been reassigned. More details will be in our next Bulletin.

Theft of 2mm Scale Models

Whilst unloading the van carrying our exhibition layout “Copenhagen Fields” at the Model Railway Club in London N1, on the evening of 15/10/17, an opportunist thief stole a small black and aluminium case containing 81 wagons and three coaches.  These were made by the late Bill Blackburn.  They were of enormous sentimental value to his family.  He made them with great love and painstaking care.  We are particularly sad because, after his death last December, they were a very important part of his legacy to his grandchildren.

We hope that someone will come forward with information about their whereabouts so that they can be returned.

Each item has a conspicuous yellow dot painted on the underside.  They are all to 2mm : 1ft fine scale standards and will not run on N gauge track. They are superb examples of work in the scale.  If you hear of a collection of ‘N gauge wagons’ being sold please let us know. However as they are 2mm FS, they won't be of much use to an N gauge modeller.

Tim Watson, MRC President

 

Bill's family has written:

We are very upset to hear that Bill Blackburn's rolling stock was stolen on returning from the Peterborough exhibition.  They were on loan to the MRC and (2mm) Association so that they might be seen and enjoyed by all the exhibitors, who will not now have the pleasure of seeing them again in the future.  

They were of enormous sentimental value to his family.  He made them with great love and painstaking care.  We are particularly sad because, after his death last December, they were a very important part of his legacy to his grandchildren. 

We hope that someone will come forward with information about their whereabouts so that they can be returned. 

Susan & John Blackburn

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