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..

Liphook U3A Building a Model Railway Group gets a mention

I sent a letter to the Editor of Railway Magazine Guide to Modelling which is a new-ish free magazine available through model shops and some model railway shops about  the group and I now discover that it was actually printed in the June edition of the magazine.

You can now see and read it on-line at

Society magazines recently received

French Railways Society

For the last 40 years known as the SNCF Society, but apparently some thought the SNCF organisation was somewhat “devalued” and that the interests of the members was more accurately represented by the new name.

That aside, the quality of the magazines content is thankfully unchanged and as always a “good read”  covering the modern scene, memories of earlier times and of layouts/modelling.

N Gauge Journal

I am a very new member of this society which is 50 years old this year. I joined because of my involvement in the Liphook U3A Building a Model Railway Group and the need to build a small  tramway layout in this scale.

Fortuitously the latest issue contains an article about the availability of N gauge trams and covers the main Japanese makers of same in 1:150 scale. It seems I am well up to speed on this, but I need to read the article in more depth.

Again a potential good read.


Local club member’s layout featured in Continental Modeller

In the latest issue (June) received by post today, Graham Ashley’s Italian layout Travo is featured in a 6 page spread. An interesting article with some great pictures.

The layout was displayed at the L&DMRC’s Model Trains in the Valley Open Day in 2015 and at Eurotrack earlier this year, at which Nick H and myself assisted.

This is the 3rd time an L&DMRC layout has been featured in CM- will there be a 4th with the club’s Friedrichstrasse layout?


Congratulations to Model Railroader

……….On reaching 1000 editions.

I like the new look too!

The longest continuously running model railway magazine in the UK is the Railway Modeller which was originally introduced by Ian Allan in  1949 but was sold quite quickly thereafter to Peco Publications where it has remained ever since.

The earliest UK magazine was Model Railway News, which started publication in 1925 but changed name in Sept. 1971, to Model Railways 1971 to Sept. 1984; then Your Model Railway Oct 1984 to June 1987, before reverting to Model Railways July 1987 and finally ceasing publication in February 1994.

Modelling magazine editors & writers appear on screen

As Model Railroader reaches its 1000th issue, their site has been showing short videos of editorial staff present & past talking about their favourite issues in a very relaxed style. Some are amusing, but the genuine enthusiasm for the hobby is what shines through.

How little we see of our own model railway editors and staff writers-or are the PR gurus worried that might damage the magazines image? What we have seen is usually stilted and truly British- “I’d rather be elsewhere” attitude. Come on; send them on a course or two about media presentation and you might have some new stars in the making.

Of course MR has been having its staff writers & editors appearing regularly on MR Video  for a few years and many of them have advanced their credibility no end. More of it on the this side of the Atlantic wouldn’t go amiss!


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.

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!

Scale Rail International- a suitable replacement for MTI?

The first issue of an A5 sized magazine called Scale Rail International was published earlier this month as the July/August edition. Aimed at those non- mainstream modellers who faithfully followed  Model Trains International , it is available by subscription  for 6 issues  from

CF Productions, 34 Hamsey Crescent, Lewes BN7 1NP for £21.60. Cheques payable to I.C.Ford.

(Also apparently available from “selected model shops” for £3.60 per copy)

The magazine is edited by Chris Ford