Liphook U3A- Building a Model Railway Group – Latest News

The group has now completed 6 sessions with some success but there are problems with  regular attendance, the format and number of members

Attendance – there is no real answer to this. There can be no compulsion -you can’t make people attend, but we can make it an “I don’t want to miss it” session and the more members we have the less vulnerable the group is to very low numbers attending a particular session.

Format– The current members want to have more active participation in modelling and this will tried in the first session of 2018 on 17th January. Dioramas will probably figure highly in this.

Recruitment of members. I have started placing pieces in local social media sites drawing attention to the group and the value of the group to those wanting to build a model railway for a grandchild, following the gift of a train set at Christmas. The Liphook U3A Open Day in March 2018 will also be targeted for a display of the groups first layout East Hants Link- I shall be negotiating with the Liphook U3A  committee on this shortly.

In the longer term, I haven’t given up on forming some sort of “alliance” with  the Liphook & District Model Railway Club, which could be beneficial to both, as I do not believe we are in competition with  each other for members. I would also like to expand the role of this website and the Milland Valley Railway series of Facebook pages in following progress on projects.

Railway Children Charity- the group has made regular small donations at each session to this charity, which looks after homeless children living in and around railway stations in India , East Africa and the UK. We are well on the way to donating £70 over a 12 month period.

Binari for Summer 2017 arrives

Binari the Italian Railways Society Journal arrived today- always a good read.

The Society is reaching its 30th Anniversary and there is an interesting layout competition for the 2018 AGM which I am tempted to enter.

On the rear cover is a photo of Manarola* railway station on the north west coast of Italy, between Genoa and Pisa. Its location has some similarities with Dawlish on the Devon coast of S.W. England, but has a more dramatic  location with the railway line better protected from the sea!

(Manarola* is a small town, a frazione of the commune of Riomaggiore, in the province of La Spezia, Liguria, northern Italy. It is the second smallest of the famous Cinque Terre towns frequented by tourists.)

New Facebook page & additions to this site

It’s all happening

A new Facebook page  for Building a Model Railway 2017 is now in place.

A number of new links has been added to this site mainly relative to UK tramway systems.

Progress photos on Milland Valley Railway- Dioramas has been added to the Facebook page and on this site.