Ian Allan exits railway publishing

The company whose founder “invented” train spotting  back in the 1940’s, by publishing the ABC spotter books, has formally announced that it is withdrawing from railway book publishing.

Although sad, the announcement is not unexpected, as the company has progressively divested itself of  its formerly extensive transport magazine titles, including even its last foray into model railway magazines- Hornby Magazine. In times past it also published Railway Modeller (bought by Peco in the late 40’s/early 50’s and still going strong) & Model Railway Constructor, bought as part of the Railway World acquisition in 1960, closed  in 1987.

The year ahead in the hobby

Well we’ve had the news from Bachmann & Hornby and it looks like the model bubble has belatedly burst and we are back to more modest (& realistic?) programmes of new models…

I was also updated by Hattons on delivery dates & prices- lengthened & up, about sums up the news.

And in the real world, this is the year of Brexit, when perhaps the slogans of my childhood will return- “export or die”   & “your favourite models may be in short supply as we  concentrate on export orders”

On second thoughts they won’t return, as at least in the model railway world, nobody except good old Peco & a few others,  makes anything in the UK any more. Perhaps the latter slogan will be reworded to “your favourite model will be in short supply because we can’t afford to get it manufactured in China and we can’t remember how to make them in the UK”

I must dig out those old “Model Railway News” to refresh myself on old style modelling involving cereal packets & toilet roll tubes…

Happy days are here again!

Membership renewals

Come the new year  and its renewal time for club memberships and maybe magazine subscriptions. If like me you have perhaps too many subscriptions, with different methods of payment & renewal periods this is nightmare time.

So it’s apologising for renewing twice or not at all and together with more and more societies not having membership cards  the chaos is complete.

….but I’m not having a membership spread sheet to manage it!