Photos for the 2019 Calendar

So far we have one contribution for the calendar - another eleven would be nice.

PLEASE send your contributions in JPEG format (as high a resolution that you can manage, my system will not hiccup with big files!)

Peter Trinder Email:


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Request for photographs

Rod Clarke, editor of your Newsletter, visited the show at the Fosse recently and took a number of photos to put into a feature in the next NL&J unfortunately his camera malfunctioned, so is asking for photos taken by others. Pls send them to in jpg format.

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Additional Exhibitor at Shepshed

The OO Live Steam Society will be attending at Iveshead School, Shepshed

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Books advert in NL&J 256

Unfortuneatly due to an error, a previous advert for books was published in 256. This showed Mike Bland's old mailing address. Please use his current address to order books, which is:-
10 Walters Mead, Ashtead, Surrey, KT21 2BP

A correct advert does appear in the on-line version - click here to view it.

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Saturday April 21st, 2018

Iveshead School, Block A Forest Street, Shepshed LE12 9DB


Members £5, Guest £6 (accompanied children free).

Layouts, Dobson Bridge, Ridings, 16mm Layouts, Gauge 3 and much more!

Bring and Buy Stand.

Show open to the public.

More details nearer the date.

Directions By Car: M1 Junction 23, take A512 west. At first set of traffic lights, turn right into Shepshed village (Leicester Road). In the village, at the mini roundabout bear right into Forest Street. Iveshead School is signposted on the right after a 1/4 mile.

By Bus: No 4 (Shepshed Sprinter) runs from Loughborough Railway Station to Shepshed village at 30 minute intervals, currently 23 & 53 minutes past the hour. Alight at Junction of Leicester Road & Forest Street. Walk 1/4 mile along Forest Street to the school. Buses run by Paul Winson Coaches (

Additionally, Arriva buses run from Leicester Railway Station via Loughborough Town Centre. By Rail: Loughborough Station. Midland Mainline serves this station. Then bus No 4 (Shepshed Sprinter) at 30 minute intervals.

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Editor - News Letter and Journal - Good News!

At last a member has come forward offering his services as editor. Rod Clarke who lives in Canada and has been one of our proof readers has put himself forward. His post has been ratified at a recent committee meeting. Copy - Articles for consideration for the NL&J can be sent to Rod Clarke at

At a recent Committee meeting three additional members were co-opted bringing us to a full Committee - Alan Leslie, John Taylor, and David Halfpenny. Simon Hill stands down under the five year rule. 

17 September 2017


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Gauge 1 North News

Gauge 1 North 2017

Gauge 1 North 2017 which was to take place at the Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre, Derbyshire on Saturday 2nd September 2017 has been cancelled.

We are very sorry to have to take this decision, but major clashes with two other shows on the same date has meant that a number of our regular trade stands cannot attend and that puts the viability of the event in jeopardy.

The good news is that the next show has now been set for our traditional summer date and will take place on  Saturday 14th July 2018

Should you wish for any further information about the Yorkshire Group, Gauge 1 North, the Bakewell Show, or attractions around Bakewell that you cannot find on the website please get in touch:


Should you wish for any further information about the Yorkshire Group, Gauge 1 North, the Bakewell Show, or attractions around Bakewell that you cannot find on the website please get in touch.

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Members Sales and Wants in next NL&J No 259

We have now closed the Sales & Wants for 258. If you want to sell or buy please send me your copy for 259

My address is


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2017 G1MRA calendar

NL&J 251 was accompanied by the 2017 G1MRA calendar, which  once again included photos of the G1MRA Sales items.

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Yorkshire Group Autumn Meeting 2015

A new (to us) video has been posted in the Best of Standard Gauge One page.

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New documents

Two new documents added to Standards, Documents & Guidance on the Resources and Links page.

29 Sept 2016

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Outsourcing of the membership function became inevitable due to our longstanding difficulties in finding someone, since the resignation of the previous office holder, to take on the onerous role of Membership Secretary.

No doubt at some point in the future, a member with the ability, time and commitment to perform the role will volunteer; however, it’s simply not credible that G1MRA will always have the benefit of such a resource. In addition, a firm that supplies an outsourcing service to a number of clubs or hobby associations, covering tens or hundreds of thousands of members in total, can offer a more consistent service to members than one single individual.

An informal show of hands at last year’s AGM approved membership outsourcing in principle so around the turn of the year, G1MRA sounded out potential suppliers. The company called Warners won the subsequent ‘beauty contest’; if you’re a member of the 16mm Association, you’ll already know the name as they handle their membership function too. Note: The Warners that we are dealing with have no connection to Warners Leisure.

Unsurprisingly, implementation is taking up quite a lot of committee time. Many months of phone calls, emails, chaser letters and data input have been needed to update last year’s data into a form we can transfer to Warners. Peter Wood, our ex-Secretary Andrew Pullen and Rob Cant have shared that task between them. The contract with Warners, signed on 24 August 2016, specifies the service we and you, our members, will expect in exchange for the monthly fee G1MRA is to pay. Unsurprisingly, G1MRA has needed some assistance from external specialist corporate legal counsel.

For membership matters, your point of contact will be Warners, not G1MRA, from now on. They will offer a dedicated telephone number to our members: 01778 392479, open between 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am - 5pm on Saturdays and Bank Holidays, excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Warners’ dedicated email address is: and the mail address is:

G1MRA Membership, Warners Group Publications, West Street, Bourne, PE10 9PH.

A website, which will permit online payments, is live now at:

Members should quote their membership number to Warners and should inform Warners of address changes by the 18th of the month prior to the NL&J publication month (January, April, July, September) to ensure their NL&J is not sent to their old address.

We are keeping our existing Lloyds Bank account, so if you pay by standing order for example, leave it in place! Other subscription sterling payment methods available now are: cheque, money order, postal order, bankers draft, (all made out to G1MRA please). With reluctance we will continue to accept cash payments to the Membership Desk (if there is one) at exhibitions, while we expect some or all of the following methods (without limitation) to be accepted at some point in the future: credit card, BACS (online) transfer and PayPal. G1MRA reserves the right to levy an additional charge for expensive transfer methods, like Paypal.

Many of our overseas members make payments through a coordinator, (see the Join US page on this website which has just been updated) and we expect all these local arrangements to remain in place for at least the first year of the contract. More broadly, if there are teething problems, please be patient, as we are confident that this process will be the right one in the medium term.

Back issues of the NL&J will also be handled by Warners. We expect Warners to have the back issue stocks following the AGM.

Simon Hill, G1MRA Secretary

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Steel Wagon Wheels

G1MRA Sales now have a new delivery of steel wagon wheels and are available to order from the usual Harrow address (Order forms available via G1MRA website Members Area) This new batch of wheels comes drilled with three holes per wheel face as prototype 3-hole disc wheels. Cost £6.50 per set (axle & two wheels).

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The Yorkshire Group

The Yorkshire group have changed the date of Gauge 1 North 2017.
The new date for the show is Saturday 2nd September 2017 at the Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1AH. Open from 10 am to 4.30pm. The show is open to all. Entry will be £5 with no concessions except accompanied children under 16 are free.
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Swiss storage bank

ZUG Safe
Recently another great and unique project has been accomplished and inaugurated by “some Swiss watch makers”: the train storage and lift at the EiWi outdoor layout at Witterswil near Basel – Switzerland!
On this beautiful and instructive video ( ) by our member Peter Krattiger you see how it works: this is a 4 storey storage shelf, built from scratch by Christian Schmutz and Werner Metzger - G1MRA members and members of the EiWi group (Eisenbahn Witterswil) - works perfectly by an electronic control system. It is housed inside our new barn, next to the outdoor layout.
It hosts 16 trains, each in maximum 9 meters long.
It will be used for the first time in public at the EiWi-Bahndammfest of 2/3 July.
Any questions: to Christian, to Peter or to me, Charles Simon.
Enjoy the video. If your mouths are watering now, come and see it here in Switzerland!
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Coach Wheels - New supply

We have taken delivery of a new batch of coach wheels (from a new supplier) and will be selling them at £5.25 (two wheels mounted on axle).

Orders as usual from Harrow address.

We will now be placing an order for wagon wheels.

14 March 2016

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A Swiss LMS 4F

John Werren’s LMS 4F passes Lakeside Station at Staplehurst during the Swiss Group's visit in September 2015. Photo John Werren.

John Werren’s LMS 4F passes Lakeside Station at Staplehurst during the Swiss Group's visit in September 2015. Photo John Werren.

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Dobson Bridge has new custodian

Dobson Bridge
We are pleased to announce that David Blamire is taking over from Terry Geeson as custodian of Dobson Bridge, which is of course the GIMRA showcase layout.  We would thank Terry and his team for all their hard work over the last few years in improving the running qualities of the track and making it a really remarkable spectacle for spectators.
David will be looking at further improvements, with the fitting of pattern makers dowels and clips to do away with the chore of having to scramble underneath and use bolts and electric drills to set the track up.
David can be contacted on his email address which is:
11 Jan 2016
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Great Moments in Gauge One Video!

Many Gauge 1 videos show unedited footage of an event.  There's Uncle Henry watching his favourite engine pass the water bottles,  ooh and isn't that his pal Fred's hand in the way of the camera.....

However, what the unconnected G1MRA member wishes to see, (warning - opinion not fact!) is footage of locomotives pulling suitable trains at scale speeds with Uncle Henry, the water bottles and Fred's hands edited out. If this is elevated into a cinematic experience  via diverse viewing angles including tracking shots and a distraction-free soundtrack then a quick and easy Gauge 1 fix on a winter's night is obtained!

In our Gauge 1 video gallery  open link as new window here you will see (as at 10/10/2015) a live steam Britannia tackling a 2% gradient with a long train in a Danish garden (Krogen, 4:00) while in Kent a 1% gradient is taken at a controlled canter (5MT, 1.00). Masterful "dolly shot" execution is shown in Buckfastleigh (05:30); Evening Star has never looked so good!

Sometimes the moving pictures tell a story to the extent they appear choreographed. See how the radio controlled start of the Class 4 tank fills the sky with steam while behind elegant teak coaches follow dutifully. By contrast, watch the massive Allegheny's rear engine's wheel spin, then the front engine's; something that is easily done on wet rails by model and full-size alike.

The joke in the Steam Turbine video expresses the thought we all have on seeing M. Jeggli's high revving wonderdrive, while in the simple - but still proudly scratchbuilt - Project video, suspiciously tuneful birdsong forms a backdrop to the opening scene of the static locomotive.

For a change, have a look around the several all-electric indoor mega-tracks as well as the videos of live diesels. And before you go, don't forget to look in at "Pretty Track in E Sussex": count the sleepers, count the chairs and count the ballast stones and then think how long it took to build....

Please note that for technical reasons the only videos that can be shown are those listed on "YouTube".

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Videos Re-arranged and many new videos added!

The Video gallery has been re-arranged for greater clarity and many new videos have been added for your pleasure.

**"Best of" Videos here**
**"Other" Videos here**

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Bring and Buy Notes

A list of "Do's and don'ts" has replaced the form used previously. Please read it if you wish to use the Bring and Buy stall. It is located in the Members Area.

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