70 Anniversary News


The Big Big Show 2017


Here is advanced news of this event in 2017

At the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre (The Fosse)

Click on the poster above to get a printable copy.

Click here for advanced ticket application form and save £2.00 on admission price.

70th Anniversary Show at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre

Leamington Spa.

 CV31 1XN  — 3rd June 2017

This will be a splendid Show, with 4 Gauge One tracks for members to run on and plenty to see in the way of supporting Societies, and lots of goodies on sale. Keep your eyes on the GIMRA website when full details will be posted.

Members wishing to book a running slot/s are asked to make a booking with the following track co-ordinators, when a concessionary admission ticket will be available for £5. Cheques payable to GIMRA Ltd.

DOBSON BRIDGE ………. David Blamire       david.blamire@mypostoffice.co.uk

SURREY OVAL ……………Adrian Johnstone   a.johnstone@rhul.ac.uk

STANLEY MIDLAND…… Steve Andrews       sandrews55@outlook.com

STUD CONTACT ………... Geoff Hammond     geoffrey.hammond@ntlworld.com

THOMSON HALT............Geoff Towe   Jeffrey.towe@ntlworld.com

Boiler certificates will be required.

Electric locos and transmitters should be brought fully charged as electrical sockets are very limited.


There will be a Bring and Buy at the 70th Show, see below for the rules..


  • Booking-in from 10:00 AM. Selling from 11:00 AM.
  • All items to be labelled with a tie-on tag with your name and selling price (sticky labels and sellotaped paper will not be accepted).
  • A list containing every single item must be produced when you present your items for booking in. The same list to be presented when collecting your payment.
  • Booking-in forms to be filled in from 10:00 AM onwards with BLOCK CAPITALS ONLY.
  • Booking forms will be given a number and it will be written on your label for identification to pay out later.
  • All members will be expected to donate 5% of their selling price to G1MRA funds; i.e. Sell for £100.00, seller receives £95.00, G1MRA receives £5.00. All items over £100.00 donations will NOT exceed £5.00.
  • It is suggested that a mobile telephone number is also on your label for contacting you when your item is sold.
  • Please limit the number of items to five.
  • All items are left at the owner’s risk. Neither the operators nor G1MRA will be liable for the replacement value of items lost or stolen.
  • Loose items to be secured to item for sale; i.e. Loco pump handles, etc. Stock boxes to be identified with item for sale.
  • Any items that have NOT been sold must be collected at the end of the day (I can’t take everything home.)

These are guidelines which we will do our best to implement on the day. I hope you will all do your best to follow these guidelines. Thank you for your cooperation.

Ronald Pointer (1567) - Tel: 01553 827163 (King’s Lynn)


Traders at the show

Traders attending the 70th Show at the Fosse on 3rd June, include:

Aster Hobbies – Gauge 1 Steam
Kevin Harvey – Railway Books and Pamphlets
David Leech – Items from Ted Leech’s collection
Model Engineers Laser – Laser Cut Parts and Kits
Peter Spoerer – Radio Control and Sound Cards
Custom Carriages – Bespoke 1/32nd Carriages
Peter Korzilius – Wagon and Coach Chassis
GIMRA Book Sales
Williams Models – Items for Gauge 3
SM Models – Carry Cases
Peter Rogers – Bespoke Carriages
Finescale Brass – Electric Gauge 1 Locos
Steve Golding – Model Wagons
Walsall Model Industries – Parts for Gauge 1 and Gauge 3
Barrett Steam Models -   Live Steam Locomotive Kits
John Sutton – Books and Models
Sixteen Mills – Laser Cut Kits for 10mm and 16mm
Chris Ludlow – Oil Paintings
MSC Models – Motors and Gearboxes
S & D Models – Kit and Model Manufacturers
Accucraft – Live Steam Models
Ken Martin – Castings
Able Boxes – Display Cases
Buxton Model Works – Bespoke Electric Locomotives
Paul Forsyth – Drawings
Keith Cousins – Kits and Locomotives
Crossing Gate Models – Level Crossings
K.A.Lasercraft – Laser Cut Teak Coach Kits
Northern Fine Scale - Wagon, Van and Coach kits and parts
Tenmille - Kits and parts
GIMRA Anniversary Souvenirs

Notice to Volunteers


Members helping to erect and dismantle tracks will have free admission to the show, tickets will be issued at the time.   Free tickets will be limited to 6 per track.

Stewards who have volunteered their services through the Midland Group will be given a free admission ticket, but will be expected to give their services as required. Names to Fred Roberts please…… fredroberts39@blueyonder.co.uk

A list of places to stay for the Fosse event is available from Peter Wood, please supply a stamped addressed envelope.


Admission from 10am, tickets cost £10. Members and £12. Non members.

Advance ticket cost: £8. Members and £10. Non members

Please note that Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Modelling Competition:

This is being run by the Midland Group and our visitors will choose the winning entries, there are cash prizes to be won.   Please see the separate article below.

We hope you will give the Show your support and we guarantee you will enjoy the day.


Display and Competition for Members Models

At the last Board meeting the committee decided to organize a display of members’ models at the Birthday Event, together with a competition to be judged by visitors to the show.

Models of any railway related objects, from locomotives to rolling stock, buildings, bridges, signals, indeed whatever you have made to go anywhere on a railway, can be entered.

If you have constructed a model which you feel would be of interest to visitors to the show, please do not hesitate to bring it along – there will be prizes!

Security will be in place throughout the show, and models will be insured while on display.

If you are interested and willing, please contact Fred Roberts, Technical Secretary, by e-mail at fredroberts39@blueyonder.co.uk so that we can organize sufficient display space.

If you able to bring your model to the Fosse on the day before the show or before the show opens on the 3rd, it would be helpful.


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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:

email:  secretary@gauge1north.org.uk

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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NL&J No 253 is here...

The Spring 2017 NL&J is in the postal system and has been uploaded to the Members Area. 

As always please send in your articles and photos now for 254

The usual Local Group News, Trade News articles and adverts are also included.

Members can view and download a Lo-Res version from the Old Newsletter page.

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Notice to all NL&J advertisers

The press deadline for NL&J No 254 is 15th May 2017

Your adverts and copy for Trade News should be emailed to Simon Hill at:- advertising@g1mra.com

The advertising rates are listed inside the NL&J at the bottom right of the editorial back pages.

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Notes about membership renewal

Membership Renewals

If you already have a bank standing order payment instruction in place you need do nothing more than relax and enjoy another year of gauge one with the Association. Thank you for paying by standing order, it really does help with the admin.

If you are opening a Standing Order using the form that came with your NL&J note that this should be sent to your Bank not to Warners. When you pay by standing order you should ensure that the reference includes your membership number.

If paying by cheque please make it payable to G1MRA Ltd and send to G1MRA Membership, Warners Group Publications, West Street, Bourne, PE10 9PH. 

Payment may also be made by credit or debit card. By telephone to Warners on 01778 392479, or online which also includes Pay Pal at the link at https://subscribeme.to/g1mra  and click on "renew subscription".  On line payments need the Warners subscriber reference number, E............., shown on the NL&J mailing envelope, or phone Warners.


For many years, the dates chosen for our AGM have slipped backwards from the 30th of November in 1996, the year we agreed to become a limited Company, to this year’s date of the 14th of October. No doubt because members preferred to avoid November travel, with poor weather and the loss of daylight in the evenings due to the clocks being put back.However, this has increasingly put pressure on our ability to meet the requirements of the companies act, when 21 days’ notice of an AGM must be given in writing to members.I won’t bore you with the complications of this matter, but will assure you that members of the Committee and Directors have spent many hours working on this problem, and are pleased to say a solution has been found and that includes a change to the deadlines listed below, for the noted issues.

Year 2017. 254 15th May. 255 1st August. 256 1st November.

Year 2018. 257 1st February. 258 15th April. 259 15th July. 260 15th October

Year 2019. 261 15th January. 262 15th April. Etc.: Etc.: 

Obviously, the months of publication are also changing, and two good things to come from this change are, a Pre-Christmas Edition, and a reduction in postage costs. The second is because your calendar will now be sent with the December Edition and not with that for the AGM edition in September, putting both in the same envelope used to put our postage costs over the limit.I am advised that some Advertisers will enjoy the benefits of a Pre-Christmas Edition, so I ask them to note the changes and dates and to contact our advertising manager ASAP.

These changes will be noted in the information panel, found towards the rear of the NL&J.

26 January 2017

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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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Directors and Committee Members

President: Francis Dobson
Vice Presidents: Messrs. Bob Hines, Peter Howland, Dick Moger, Michael Wrottesley, Martin Hulse, Mick Mumford.

Chairman & Groups Liaison: Adam Houghton, The Laurels, Five Oak Lane, West End, Staplehurst, TN12 0HT- chair@g1mra.com
Secretary: Roger Olding, 38 St Kilda’s Road, Brentwood, CM15 9EX - secretary@g1mra.com
NL&J Editor: Peter Bird, 25 East St, Crowland, PE6 0EN - nljeditor@g1mra.com
Technical Secretary: Fred Roberts, 6 Chestnut Drive, Elm Park, Wellington, Telford, Shropshire, TF1 3NJ - fredroberts39@blueyonder.co.uk
Treasurer: Peter Wood, 7 Mossgiel Avenue, Ainsdale, Southport, Lancs PR8 2RE - peterwood-gimra.nw@talktalk.net
Trade and Advertising: Simon Hill, Many Trees, Southfields Road, Woldingham, Caterham, CR3 7BG - advertising@g1mra.com
Events: (Vacant) Covered by Peter Wood - peterwood-gimra.nw@talktalk.net

Committee Members
Charles Simon, Rebgasse 25, CH-4102 Binningen, Switzerland - charles.simon@g1mra.com
Philip Johnson, Sandy Lodge, Northfield Avenue, Lower Shiplake, Henley-upon-Thames RG9 3PE - Sandylodge@icloud.com

Webmaster: Peter Trinder, 19 Silverdale, Coldwaltham, near Pulborough, RH20 1LJ - webeditor@g1mra.com

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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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Newsletter Binders

Mike Bland now has a new stock but the prices have gone up, see this panel.

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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: G1MRA@warnersgroup.co.uk 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: https://subscribeme.to/G1MRA.

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 the Gauge One Model Railway Association Ltd, not 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 (https://youtu.be/l65z3AQlOQ8 ) 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:  david.blamire@mypostoffice.co.uk
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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NL&J 246 Summer 2015 amendment

It appears that the gremlins got involved with the production of NL&J 246. In the Trade News, it was stated on page 57 that Brian Jones is introducing Water Level Indicators. Unfortunately this is incorrect, that paragraph having been carried over from an announcement by Model Engineers Laser in the 245 Trade News.

Apologies to both Brian Jones and MEL.

A corrected version of NL&J 246 has now been uploaded to the website.

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NLJ 246 added to the Members Area

NLJ 246 has been added to the Members Area. This issue includes articles on: a laser cut L&Y loco, a Virginian caboose, a new layout on the North Downs and even the "Joy of Steam".

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Newsletter & Journal 246 Summer 2015

The new G1MRA quarterly NL&J 246 has 80 all-colour pages full of articles, news and adverts. The articles cover subjects such as building locomotives using laser-cut parts, wagon detailing using decals to represent rivets and a very early 20th Century model steam turbine locomotive. A couple of new layouts are described too. Every issue of the NL&J includes details of how to contact local G1MRA groups in your area.

246 Cover for website

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