NL&J 262 (PDF version)

The latest NL&J is available in the Old Newslettters page.


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Bring and Buy at our meetings

‘Bring and Buy’ 

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 10.30am.
The stand will CLOSE for selling at 3.00pm

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

G1MRA members and invited guests only.

Bring a Tom Barratt loco to run or display. Locos by other makers are equally welcome. At Chelmsford Society of Model Engineers, Meteor Way, CM1 2RL, entrance via far left corner of council car park, 10am until 7pm.  Boiler certificates not required but safety valves may be checked for safe operation. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. To help with planning please let Graham Smith, 3274, know if you intend to be there.

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Members Sales and Wants in NL&J No 263

Time rolls on. NL&J 262 is now in members hands. The Sales & Wants page is full of lovely goodies!

The next opportunity to advertise is in 263, you can send me your copy to me.

263 should be out in time for the AGM!

My address is


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Item left at Butty Bash

Anyone who found a small tobacco tin, which was left at the Bacon Butty Bash at Durrington on the 16th February, please contact Alan.
It is a old tobacco tin marked Golden Virginia, and contains my safety valve setting tools, plus other useful tools for running our locomotives.
Many Thanks
Alan Church. G1 member 5026

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2019 AGM venue now confirmed

12th October 2019 - GIMRA Trade Show and AGM Update

Our AGM and Show will be held at the National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, 
Warwickshire, CV8 2LZ.

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Invitation to Denmark


Saturday April 20th 2019
Aalborg Denmark

You are hereby invited to join us at the International Opening event here at the Hotel Krogen Layout situated in Aalborg in the northern part of Denmark.

Be a part of the “Event of the year”. Enjoy a completely new track with super smooth curves and swiss highspeed points. It cant be better than this!

The Krogen Layout
The layout consist of a oval with 2 ½ track (each track is approx. 40 meters) connected to a folded bone. The folded bone gives a running distance of about 200 meters for each round. So 400 meters before you are back at the starting point. All in all more than 500 meters of track. Typically 2-3 skilled drivers can run at the same time.
The layout is situated in a lovely enclosed garden.
You will surely enjoy seeing your engine running in our calm surroundings!

Practical info

    • Saturday April 20th 2019,
    • Running from 10 – 17(running before 13.00 is regarded as tests)
    • Official opening at 13.00 where the red ribbon is broken.
    • Max height of engine and rolling stock on layout is 180mm.
    • Minimum curve radius is 3 meters, transitions curves are used all over. All points are R4,25. All track and points are made by swiss firm Profrom. Stainless steel flatbottom code 220.
    • Appointed Track Steward
    • Refreshments and food will be available (Danish pancakes, Champagne, Wine, Beer)
    • Warm friendly International atmosphere
    • Attendence fee:350DK/person.  Food and refreshments during the day are included in the attendance fee.
    • Dinner at 19.00


Contact: David Clement
(G1MRA member 4171)
Mobile: + 45 30 22 33 02 (private)

Please state what type of locomotive (s) you are bringing with you, and if you are bringing any rolling stock. 

How to get to the Krogen Layout, Denmark

Information about direct flights to Aalborg Airport (AAL):

      • From London Standsted with Ryan Air. Cheap flights on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. (Price about £20-30 )
      • From Amsterdam Schipol with KLM. Flights on Monday Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
      • From Copenhagen. Flights 2-3 times every hour all week. (takes 30-40 min., lots of cheap flights all week, from 30£ and up)

The airport is approximately 7.5 km away from the hotel. We can arrange to come and pickup guests. The alternative is a taxi (about £14-20)


Hotel Krogen is a very small hotel (only 12 rooms), but you are very welcome to stay here if we have rooms available. Our prices range from 650 DKK to 1200 DKK.
We can help finding other hotels or “Bed and Breakfast” in the area, and will try to negotiate a good price for you.
You are naturally welcome to stay for more days, than just the GTG. (The track is open for running from the 20th and onwards, but not before.)

Looking forward seeing you here April 20th!

Best Regards on behalf of the Danish G1MRA group
David Clement (4171)
Aksel Clement (2735)
Wouter van Thiel (4114)

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Mailing labels for the NL&J

The mailing of 260 has been successful except the printers have omitted the G1MRA numbers from the labels although they are on the data file that we sent.

This will be corrected for No 261

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Spring Meeting 2019

The 2019 G1MRA Spring Show will be at Shepshed on Saturday 13th April.
Iveshead School,  Forest Street, Shepshed.  LE12 9DB  10.30am - 4pm

Contact Stuart Hithersay:

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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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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 (28/9/18)

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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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Vintage Tinplate event cancelled

The Gauge One Vintage Tinplate event at Darley Abbey Village Hall on 15 July 2018 is cancelled. 

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Photos for the 2019 Calendar

Great news I have now got a nice selection of photos. Can still receive others!

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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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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