NL&J Index incl 274

The index has been uploaded to the Newsletter page. 5/7/22

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Safety Advice

 From the Chairman - Safety Advice and recommendations for Get-togethers 

A most frightful accident occurred at a Gauge 1 running event due to a substantial quantity of methylated spirit being mistakenly applied to a small fire and igniting, causing serious burns - the worst in our history to my knowledge. Members are asked to carefully read the accompanying Safety Advice on Page 3, which has been prepared and approved by your whole Committee; and to take every care in handling inflammable liquids at all times. 

The Committee have reviewed the normal practices which have arisen over many years of safe running at Gauge 1 tracks and we take this opportunity to explain the reasoning behind the Safety Advice as it applies to controls on liquid fuels for meetings at members gardens or other tracks: 

All liquid fuels to be dyed 

In previous years Methylated Spirt was sold through the decorating trade and hardware stores and was coloured purple as a deterrent to drinking the alcohol. Recently clear meths has become available and also alternative fuels, Isopropanol and Bio Ethanol, which are sold uncoloured. The addition of dye highlights that the liquid is a fuel and not to be mistaken as water. Gentian/Methyl Violet or food colouring may be used. Some food colouring may leave a small deposit that sinks to the bottom of the container. 

Maximum quantity brought to a meeting 

Many people have brought fuel to meetings in retail 5 litre containers. This quantity is unnecessary for a day’s meeting. To reduce risk, only an amount that is anticipated to be used during the day should be brought to a meeting. A maximum of 1 litre per runner is reasonable for the normal number of daily runs. Decanting of fuel from larger to the recommended containers should be done at home. 

Fuel Containers 

To enable identification of fuel, it is recommended that original, labelled, clear retail containers be used. These are officially approved for transport and storage and will have the recognised hazard markings. A clear container will show the colour and hazard of the contents. 

Fuels placed in a secure storage area 

Keeping fuels away from trackside reduces the possibility of contact with open flames, and reduces the chance of being erroneously grabbed in haste. A table for the fuels, away from the steaming bay and track, is considered adequate and recommended. Fuel should not be stored under the track where a liquid fire could drip down onto a plastic bottle and ignite it. 

Filling of locomotive fuel tanks 

Wherever possible the locomotive fuel tank should be removed from the engine and filled at a location remote from open flames and other fuels. When the tank cannot be removed the engine should be moved to a location remote from open flames - especially away from engines that are already lit. 

The refilling should be from a container of no more than 500ml, which can include a syringe, or squeezy bottle with spout or funnel, to limit spillage. The container should be clear, able to be closed, and labelled with hazard markings to ensure it cannot be mistaken for anything other than fuel. 

Equipment for fire fighting 

Means of extinguishing fires should be provided. Water has proved effective in extinguishing small alcohol fires, and spray bottles or other bulk water containers should be provided at the steaming bay, and around the track, as required. A CO2 extinguisher and/or fire blanket should be available to fight larger fires. These should be positioned close to the areas that may be at risk. 

With regard to Exhibitions these are subject to risk assessments and controls that may be imposed and agreed with the event organiser, and issued by the Track Marshal. 

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The Southport Show

It is incorrectly dated in the Diary in NL&J 273

It is on Saturday 6th August 2022


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NL&J 273 PDF and latest index

Both these are now available of the Newsletters Menu

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Sales and Wants for G1MRA Members in NL&J 275

This issue Sales & Wants is now closed. 29 July 2022

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Index of NL&J Articles

An updated index has been posted on the Newsletters & Journals  page, compiled by Geoff Hammond.

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Want a Gauge One Calendar

Calendars have their own page here..

These are available to all members and visitors, please download yours and print them out. This year we are not supplying the Calendar in printed form to save costs. Your local print shop can print and bind one if you want that, copy the PDF onto a memory stick and they will do the necessary. PT

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75th Anniversary Tickets

Tickets can be purchased using this link...

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AGM News from the Secretary

At the AGM on Saturday 16th October the Committee announced the results of the votes received for the motions put to the membership with NL&J 271. These are as follows

4            Ordinary business  items 4.1 - 4.6  were approved  with no votes against or withheld.

4.1         Votes for = 146, Votes against =Nil, Votes withheld = 1

4.6         Retirement and Rotation  of Committee Members. There is no change in the Committee.

4.7         Subscription Fees for Full Members. The Proposal to increase the subscription was approved, For 127, Against 15, votes withheld 3. (The Motion was passed by simple majority).

Therefore the annual subscriptions due from 1st January 2022 are:-

UK membership Subscription fee £30,

European Membership Subscription £32

Rest of World Subscription fee £36,

In view of the formal announcement in the next NLJ (NLJ 272, published mid December), and that there is such short time before the year end, we ask that you notify your local members and ask them to amend their subscriptions for next year 2022.  This would assist the Membership Services Provider.

Remember the Association do not operate a "Direct Debit payment system" therefore the member must amend any instructions to their bank for this payment.

Thank you

Geoff Hammond

Secretary G1MRA

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G1MRA 75th Anniversary in 2022

A new menu has been added to the top bar of this site where news of this event is posted.

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The Big Model & Hobby Show - Revised date

6th August 2022 - The BIG Model and Hobby Show

Aintree Racecourse, Aintree, Liverpool.  Dobson Bridge in attendance. Contact Peter Wood.

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G1MRA Virtual Spring Meeting

Welcome to our Spring Meeting created by David Halfpenny and his team...

Click here for our meeting...

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A New Book in our Bookshop

The Multipurpose Model Steam Turbine

A guide to successful scratch-building by Werner Jeggli

Thinking about building a model turbine? 

This book shows the “how” and also includes some of Werner’s earlier work to explain the path that he followed in exploring how to build a successful G1 turbine.  Copies of the book are now available from Mike Bland at the G1MRA Bookshop for members in the UK £12, members outside the UK £13, non-members in the UK £ 15, non-members outside the UK £16.  All prices include post and packing.  Remember if you decide to pay by PayPal please add £2 to cover their charges.

More details on our G1MRA Shop page under Books and Binders

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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 as it is in small type, so we have added a link to this page here:

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New order forms for Parts and Boutique

Revised forms showing current prices and postage are available from the G1MRA Shop menu. Note these are for members only.

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Midlands Garden Rail Show

Meridienne Exhibitions, organisers of the Midlands Garden Rail Show, have sadly announced that the May  2021 show has had to be cancelled due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19.

Having already been postponed from 20th & 21st March to 22nd & 23rd May 2021 it now seems unlikely, despite the Government Road Map for the restarting of events from 17th May that the organisers can present the event with the limitations imposed on visitor numbers.  It is also only 6 days from the reopening of the country on the 17thMay until the event on 22nd May and the risk of slippage on the Government timescales is quite possible meaning the event could not take place at all.

The decision to cancel the May show has therefore had to be taken since it is not possible to accurately predict if restrictions will have eased sufficiently to enable the organisers to plan and deliver this highly popular show safely without compromise.

Chris Deith, Exhibition Director of Meridienne Exhibitions explains "We are aware that our exhibitors and visitors will be as disappointed as we are with having to take this decision but given the uncertain times it is simply not possible to go ahead with the show at this time. We look forward to returning on 19th & 20th March 2022.

The Meridienne Team

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US Members - Join Us and Renew forms

Here are links to the revised forms showing the revised fees.

US Members renewal form - Click here

US Join Us form - Click here

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The list of NL&J back numbers

With the help of our Footprint man we have tidied up the listing of the back numbers. It should make navigation easier. Footprint are the people who host the website.

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Members Wants - clipped in print copy

The Wants Section should be like this:-

Derek Pollard's request was cut short in the printed copy. So please if you have what he wants please contact him!


Apologise to the members who sent in their wants and got missed - must go to Specsavers....

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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.

Click here to go to the Books Page

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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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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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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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Subscriptions for 2021 are now due...

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

There is a downloadable form for you to renew for 2021 - 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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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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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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