Romford Model Railway Society
- Annual model railway exhibition
|Once again we set up in
the corridor. We had a fantastic running session belting
up and down and once again a Hercules proved its worth.
In the picture, the train is just going on to
the steel adapter piece which converts between 16mm rail
and 21mm rail. We use this as we had a spare set of
pionts in 21mm rail.
To help save my bandwidth I am now
posting videos on Youtube.com. Includes
one of the train in the corridor and a demostration of
how free running our coaches are.
We were sorry to hear that Aprils O gauge meet will
not be happening.
Big thanks to all those donations for
the local hospice.
Other bits at the show.
I don't know why but for me the show just clicked. There were
loads of new layouts and plenty of things moving. Even my boy
Clark disn't seem to get bored. Not bad for a three year old.
The tram layout above and below, Barton Sands, really caught
my eye. It had a real sense of fun and enjoyment about it. I
suppose it also rekindled memories of holidays in Blackpool.
All the fun of the fair. Clark
loved this model from Chelsmford. Once again plenty of stuff
It was also nice to see a huge N gauge layout
running full length trains including a full length Eurostar which
was several feet long.
Last Run of the Year at Canvey
Whilst at the above railway exhibition I was
invited to run on a members day at Canvey Island Club track.
Luckily we had excellent weather and had a really good run. There
were also two lovely steam engines on the raised track, one being
an excellent 3.5" gauge quarry hunslet.
Unfortunately Clark was ill with a bad cold so
he is missing from the pictures. Still we had two Jaspers, the
engine and my little boy.
We were also joined by a few good friends
including Tony who brought along his Portugese Hercules and green
and cream coaches. We also saw his son Andew's Charleton but
apparently it works better with charged batteries (sorry couldn't
Up and Coming Events
We are already looking towards 2007. I have
just sent off the form for Merstham show (19th-20th May). We had
an amazing response last year so this year we are going to spend
a bit of time and effort to produce an even better stand.
Given the huge cost of the big trade shows
(most are over £500+ for 3m x 3m stand) we are looking towards
the garden railway scene rather than the model engineering side.
If you know of a show you think we should attend or would like us
to attend please let us know. We are able to combine a show of
our products with a working line of up to 50m.
We are also currently working on a presentation
on our railway, business and 5" gauge railways. If you would
like us to come and talk at your club and you are not a million
miles away drop me a line. We now have a video projector so we
should be able to offer a mix of video and pictures. I have
already had a couple of provisional bookings at Canvey and
Chelmsford. All being well we should have a package sorted by
NEW PRODUCTS AND CHANGES FOR 2007
Now I have managed to shake off
that nasty habit of a day job I am in a better position to
develop new products.
Highlights of the new year will be
locomotives based on actual prototypes
More ready to
run and spec built items
Who knows, if the product range
stops moving we might even produce a printed catalogue.
*this project is
currently under trial. Born out of the frustration of children
derailing the kiddy coach by leaning and not sitting still
(actually applies to a few adults aswell). I would currently rate
a 90% improvement so far. Needs more testing in the real world.
All Change for
Another big sarcastic thanks to
Easyspace. Once again I bring up their name because despite
paying them to renew our domain name (as mentioned last month),
they failed to actually carry out the renewal. This is the reason
our website went down for 2-3 days.
A company that hosts websites that
doesn't pay for domain name renewals is beyond belief. I would
call it gross incompetence of a scale you would not believe,
others would say they are a shower of ******. Both are factually
Anyway the up shot of this is that
I will not give Easyspace one more penny of our money and would
recommend others to aviod them. I will be moving back to my old
domain host Ukservers who previously looked after the name with
the minimum of problems.
While the switch takes place there
may be times when email and the website go off line. Please bare
with us while I go through the motions of transfering the site.
The spammers are playing
havoc with the email I get around 150 emails a day with 140 of
them getting quarantined. Occasionally one or two legitimate
emails get caught up and the only way to find them is to trawl
through the list reviewing all the mail.
One of the reasons why I get
so much is that spammers now frequently use software to scan the
internet for email addresses. Our website is littered with the
email icon and the email address which has obviously contributed
to the spam.
For this reason I will be
switching off the catch all address and only be using specific
I am slowly removing all the
email buttons and links to replace them with a link to the contact us page. The reason the address is in a graphics file is
to stop some automatic software from reading it.
If in any doubt please use
the phone - 01708 708768. I don't mind evening calls up to 9pm if
We will be stock taking soon as we have finally
invested in a piece of inventory software. In the meantime we are
going to have a bit of a clear out. The above speed signs were
painted for Harrogate several years ago. They got chipped and
knocked and generally tatty. The plain metal ones are just a
plain pest to store and with very little take up we need the
Pre Christmas offer
Signs on Poles (as in pictures above) - Painted
or none painted - £4 each. Add £1.50 for an arrow
Signal arms - - £3.50 each
Speed Signs (no pole)- £3.50 -
5pmh, 10mph, or 15mph
Minimum order of 2. Postage at Post Office
Check back regularly as we may possibly be
selling some of our coaches to make way for the new ones early
A big thanks to all those who sent
my dad an email wishing him well. While he is not totally over it
he is up and running and now fair game to get him back up and
working. The coach shop is going again with at least two coach
bodies finished and another two on there way. Sorry for the
delays on these but I didn't want to take his carrot away.