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G1MRA Books Prices

Because of increased postal charges it has been necessary to add 50p to the cost of each book from the 1st October 2020.   The prices for each book plus post and packing shown on the latest Bookshop page include this extra cost.

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New G1MRA Book

A new G1MRA Book - Scratchbuilding an electric GWR ‘Bulldog’ 3343 ‘Camelot’, by Tony White

In this new G1MRA book, Tony White explains the way he translates his research on full-size build variations into a finely detailed scratch-built 1/32 scale electric model of a GWR ‘Bulldog’ 4-4-0 named Camelot. He decided that Gauge 1 lent itself to finescale models that could run alone without the need to build matching finescale countryside, and combined all that he had learned about model engineering and making detailed fittings. His young grandson used to watch as he started building the ‘Bulldog’, and Tony realised that when he inherited it, he would never remember how they made it if it went wrong. So, he made copious notes, took many photographs and wrote a leaflet on taking it apart. This developed into a new 92-page G1MRA book. G1MRA Vice-President Martin Hulse and Committee member David Halfpenny have worked with Tony in editing and producing the book. Martin comments “Editing these books always gives me an 'ahah' moment when I suddenly realise why something so simple works, Tony provided one with the three-point suspension diagram which reminded me of JvR's Type J bogie which also uses a three-point geometry approach to avoid springing individual axleboxes.” If you are inspired by this book to try Gauge 1 scratchbuilding, you will find a wide group of G1MRA friends and suppliers to help you solve any problems that arise.

Copies of the book are now available from Mike Bland at the G1MRA Bookshop for members in the UK £15, members outside the UK £16, non-members in the UK £18, non-members outside the UK £19.  All prices include post and packing.  Remember if you decide to pay by PayPal please add £2 to cover their charges.

Link to Books page

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Note about voting paper email address

The Secretary's email address noted on the voting paper posted out to you is incorrect.

The correct address is

Voting papers may be emailed back to this address or posted as detailed on the voting form.

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AGM papers and Voting Form

AGM papers and Voting form is now available. Please go to the Members Area for access to the AGM papers and Voting forms.

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The yellow card!

Please complete and return the card included in Newsletter & Journal acknowledging that you wish your details to be included in the Members Address list.


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Transfers for Dee

Lining transfers for the Dee

Please note that the lining transfers are no longer available and will not be repeated

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Access to the Newsletters & Journals

The access password has changed as notified in NL&J 266. if any member has difficulty or has not received NL&J 266 please email:

Please give Virginia your membership number when emailing her.

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Peter Alliott's Coach Shells

Contrary to a suggestion in the latest G1MRA Newsletter, Peter Alliott wishes it to be known that he has a small stock of his coach shells for sale, and they are still available to order.

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Membership Information

New members joining from 1st July 2020 will only pay £12.50 which will take their membership to end of this year. From then the renewal will be at the full rate.

We recommend taking out a standing order starting on 1st January so that you will not miss out on your Newsletters. Here is a link to the Join Us page

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North West Group

This group has a new website. Click here to visit it.

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Virtual Spring Meeting

Public Event



Click here to see the Displays that were planned for 25 April 2020

Thanks for this virtual catalogue is due to David Halfpenny

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G1MRA Shop

Update: from Mike Bland and Geoffrey Hammond

Mike says he can despatch Books now 20/5/20


G1MRA Books and parts pages are now accessible to view from sub menus as is illustrated below... Note this only a picture and not a live link....!

I hope this will assist your navigation. 

Peter T  Webmaster 20 May 2020


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To cheer up our members enjoy this video

During these special times with no get togethers a souvenir from the Swiss Trip last September 2019 with our chairman’s line. Enjoy!

Double traction with 241.P (Markus Hofmeier) and 232.U.1 (Cyril Vivian).

ALSO Stuart Hithersay has posted a few videos at this link

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Find you G1MRA Parts and Boutique items

Members Only shop items : Have now been moved to a new sub menu under G1MRA Books and Shop called Boutique & Parts and this link will take you there  Click here  

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US Membership Forms Updated

The US Join Us form and the Renewal Forms have been up-loaded to the Join Us page. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page.)

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At Alexandra Palace on 17 Jan

Photo sent in by Bill Read

The show is on on Saturday and Sunday

Above: Some of the motive power on display

Visitors admiring the activity whilst the members seem to be bowing to them!

Adam H checking the blower on his coal-fired V2 while Jeff Brazier checks the coaches.

Bram Hengaveld with his Johnson 4-4-0 (beautiful paint job)

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Invitation to Germany and Switzerland

G1MRA will again be present with a stand and running trains at the Gauge 1 Meeting in Sinsheim on June 20 & 21, 2020.

On the weekend that follows, June 27 & 28, our Swiss members will host their famous EiWi Bahndammfest in Witterswil near Basel (see diary) .

Some G1MRA members may enjoy to visit private layouts between the two events.

For those wishing to do so, we are planning to offer the opportunity to visit two layouts in Germany (Monday, Tuesday) and according demand two in Switzerland (Thursday, Friday) during that week between Sinsheim and EiWi.

If you are interested to stay and join, please contact Michael Fueg for Germany ( ) and /or Hans Peter (John) Werren for Switzerland, email:

Thank you and best regards

Charles SIMON

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Subscriptions are now due...

To find a renewal form go to the Join Us page (

There is a downloadable form for you to renew for 2020 - PT

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The Join US and Renewal pages

If you wish to join us or renew your membership go to the page titled Join Us or Renew (7/12/19)

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The modern way to build - 3D Print

The latest Forum to serve our hobby on the web is the GaugeOne3DCircle - Only been up for about a week and is already very active! 

David Halfpenny discussing a 3D printed model at the Autumn Meeting and AGM 12th October 2019. Photo David Viewing

The loco is LNWR long boiler. No 153. Built by David Viewing

(One piece print in Shapeways nylon SLS, excepting wheels, motion and dome which are a seperate sprue. Usual cell phone battery, DT Rx65c radio and ABC helical drive with Maxon 6v motor. For the first time 6 wheel tender, sprung and with duplex delrin chain drive to all wheels.)
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Newsletter Binders - correction

Owing to an error the wrong version was published in NL&J 263. Apologies to Mike Bland from Peter T for the error.

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Members Sales and Wants in NL&J No 265

Time rolls on. Advertising in NL&J 267 is now open. Please send your Sales or Wants to me by 1st August 2020 -

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New contacts in Switzerland and Germany

We have to announce two European contact changes.

Germany - Christian Schlotzer -

Switzerland: – Yves Rittener –

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Bring and Buy at our meetings

‘Bring and Buy at the AGM’ 

New Rules

All items presented for sale are left at the owner’s risk. Neither the operators of the Bring & Buy table nor G1MRA accept any liability for any items lost or stolen or damaged.
Booking in of items for sale can be made from 9.30am, and selling will commence at 11.00am.

Selling ends at 1.00pm

Unsold items and proceeds of sales should be collected by 2.00pm
( This will allow helpers on the stand to attend the AGM which starts at

All items presented for sale must be entered onto the Booking in Form in BLOCK CAPITALS. Forms will be available on the day, but to assist booking in, you may download the form from the G1MRA website at, or request a copy via email to

Before booking in make sure that each of your items is labelled with a tie-on label with your name, membership number, lot number, selling price and mobile telephone number.
The lot number is your membership number followed by the numbers of the items you are selling.
For example if you have 3 items for sale and your membership number is 456 your lot numbers would be 456-1, 456-2, 456-3. If in doubt ask one of the helpers on the stand.

In the interests of ensuring that we have adequate space to display all sales items, please limit your items to a maximum of ten.

NB. A rake of coaches may be considered to be one item, however in this example only one coach will be put on display.

No other form of labelling, e.g. sticky labels, sellotaped paper will be accepted. Loose items such as loco pump handles must be securely attached to the item for sale. Any boxes used for transporting items such as locos or rolling stock that are included in the sale must be labelled to ensure that they can readily be identified as part of the item for sale.
All transactions will be in cash only. If a buyer wishes to pay by cheque, we will contact the seller if possible and the transaction will take place directly between the buyer and seller. If a sale occurs in this way the seller must inform a member running the Bring & Buy table to ensure that the Booking in Form is annotated accordingly.
Sales are commission free to members, but a donation to G1MRA funds is always welcome.
(£5 max)
NON-MEMBERS WILL BE CHARGED 10% COMMISSION but his will be waived if they join G1MRA at the show.
The stand will close for selling at 3.00pm but you can collect the proceeds from the sale of your items, or your unsold items from 2.00pm. All unsold items should be collected by 4.00pm at the latest.

Conditions for sellers and buyers:-
Items are accepted for sale on condition they are the property of the seller or brought to the Stand with the owner’s prior consent to these conditions.
The Association and the stand volunteers shall not be liable for:-
Any loss or damage or diminution of value howsoever caused of any item for sale or left at the Stand after purchase.
Any loss or failure to receive value of the proceeds of a sale howsoever caused.
At the discretion of the Stand Organiser unsold items, sales proceeds and purchased items not collected by the close of the stand at 2.00pm may be retained at the owner’s risk or deemed to be abandoned and disposed of.
Alan Leslie

Download a printable entry form click here

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Tom Barratt Memorial Meeting - 20 July 2019

The event was well attended, as can be seen in the photo below.

A large number of models were shown during the day, a tribute to Tom's engineering skills over the years.

One of the webmaster favourites - The Caledonian Railway 'Cardean'

Photos supplied by Roger Olding

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Swiss Group

The Swiss Group have a new co-ordinater:-

Yves Rittener (1393), Trachterholzstrasse 11, CH-8708 Männedorf, Switzerland, Phone: +41796164013, 

Email:, Website:

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Website Navigation

To assist members and visitors to find there way around our website there is a sitemap link at the bottom of each page. However this is not easily found so we have added a link to this page here:

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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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New documents

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

29 Sept 2016

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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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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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