Now Railway of the Month for L&DMRC member!

Graham Ashley followed up the featuring of his Italian HO layout in Continental Modeller’s June Edition, with Railway of the Month in September’s issue of the sister magazine Railway Modeller.

“Bridport re-imagined” is an OO scale modern image British outline “never leave home” layout located in a purpose built room using half of a double garage.

So for the record,  layouts at the Liphook club have now been featured three times in Continental Modeller (two articles on a Japanese N scale club layout and one on the Italian HO scale layout) and once in Railway Modeller.

Unfortunately none of the layouts now exist. Yamanouchi Oshika was sold and is now a British layout!; Travo has been dismantled, as has Bridport- ready for an impending house move.

For a club of 13 or so members a good effort..

The Joy of Small Shows

That’s the title of an article in the latest issue (September) of British Railway Modelling Magazine. The main article, by Phil Parker argues that small shows are worth a visit.

I couldn’t agree more; to me they are at the heart of the hobby. As against large shows, there is time to chat to operators, ask questions and have a nice cup of tea or coffee with some home made cake, whilst you watch the trains go by! Possibly some bargains on the club second-hand stall as well.

I would recommend the Liphook & District Club’s Open Day event- Model Trains in the Valley on Sunday 29th October 2017 at the Milland Valley Memorial Hall GU30 7NA- close to The Rising Sun PH and Milland Stores at Milland Cross Roads, (3 miles from Liphook Hampshire; 7 miles from Petersfield Hampshire and from Midhurst West Sussex, ¬†in the South Downs National Park.

Now in its 8th year this will be the first I will not be involved in, but I may be exhibiting!

The Open Day is aimed at enjoyment of our hobby- so do come along and support their efforts

On this day in 1956

The Gauge O Guild came into existence on this day 61 years ago as a result of the fear that the “senior scale” would not survive without such an organisation.

It is now the largest single scale organisation in the world with around 6000 members. Similar organisations now exist in France & Germany with much the same aims.

After some very lean times the scale has gone through a huge renaissance in recent years with Heljan, Dapol and Oxford providing a range of RTR products for the British market at reasonable prices. Numerous smaller players have also been adding to the number of locos and rolling stock in RTR- mainly suitable for smaller layouts.

Happy Birthday GOG