British Model Railway Awards, vote now, vote Southern…

GrahamMuz: Fisherton Sarum & Canute Road Quay

In previous years the model of the year pollwas jointly run between RMweb, Model Rail Magazine and the online MREmag.com. This year Model Rail Magazine have decided to runtheir own awards and so theestablished process and poll will now be promoted on RMweb, through British Railways Modelling Magazine and on the online MREmag.com as the British Model Railway Awards.

As well as giving you the chance to vote for your favourite models and manufacturers of the year as before, thecategories have been broadened to celebrate excellence and innovation in the wider British model railway scene. New awards cover retailers, websites, exhibitions and layouts, acknowledging the huge contributions they make to our hobby.

The votingis now open, runningfromSaturday 26th December to Saturday 9th January and the results will be published at the end of January to tie in with the magazine sale dates.

There have of course been…

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Tory MP says he will back call for Southern to lose franchise

Something has got to change

Inside Croydon

Southern TrainsChris Philp, the new Conservative MP for Croydon South, is to hold what he calls an “emergency summit” next month with the rail minister and railway company chief executives, over what he calls “the particularly terrible service of the recent past”.

“I am also prepared to call for Southern to lose their franchise if the service does not improve by next spring,” Philp told Inside Croydon‘s loyal reader in an email last week.

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The Flying Bog Seat

The Model Railways of Oly Turner and Chris Matthews

I hope all of you out there had an amazing Christmas or just simply enjoyed whatever it is you were doing.

I am lucky enough to have between Christmas and New Years off which has meant I could finally knuckle down to some layout planning.

Since Stoating unofficially retired from the exhibition circuit me and Chris have never replaced the  old girl and our lives have moved on more rapidly than a rusting Lancia in sea air.

As some of you may have guessed me and Chris no longer live in the same town, hell we are an hour and a half apart. So layout design is something I have had to learn, thankfully though Whatsapp has helped the process and has made a basic attempt at what was once face to face communication.

Chris will hopefully readily admit that we are probably the worst at ‘Oh that is a great…

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Meet 3mm scale modellers

Thanks to Chris Mears for promoting 3mm

Prince Street

It seems like over the course of the past few years there have been a variety articles on websites, posts to blogs, or like media that are designed to introduce us to the people of the craft of model railways. This morning I read this blog post on the 3mm Society blog introducing us to Howard Love:

Biog: Howard Love


This particular post is a terrific example, I feel, of the potential of these articles to describe the relationship we have with the work we produce. Reading through it we learn more about the modeller and are exposed to some of “why” he makes what he makes. There’s little doubt that Mr. Love is a true master of his work but also that over time any modeller willing to invest in their craft could achieve that same level of success. It’s inspirational and well worth reading.

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