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RM NOVEMBER 2019 ISSUE Vol.70 No.829
70th Anniversary Supplement
We mark the 70th anniversary of being the UK's best-selling model railway magazine with a free 16-page extra publication, checking up on some noted modellers from our history, and a glimpse into the future.
A station on the Great Western main line in the Welsh Marches in OO, with the Glyn Valley Tramway as a bonus, as Stephen Weatherley reveals.
PLAN OF THE MONTH
The merits of club membership
Ryan Gray praises the assistance that fellow members of the Cupar & District MRC gave him in the construction of an OO diesel depot, Eden Road TMD.
Maldon East station
Still extant at the time of writing, but no longer in railway use, this elegant Great Eastern constituent structure was surveyed by Christopher Palmer in the 1970s. He presents the plans, to 2mm scale, in this issue.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
The Great Model Railway Challenge
Series 2 of Channel 5's The Great Model Railway Challenge reaches its crescendo on Saturday 26 October with the Grand Final! The programme airs at 5.40pm, so don’t miss it!
Moving on from the train set
Sound advice for that all-important step along the road from the introductory package, in this first part of a trilogy from Chris Ford on a project layout in OO.
The last days of steam in 1960s Lancashire – grimy Black Fives on blue & grey stock and all – captured on this OO layout by Mark Towers.
New product reviews
The lead review item this month is the newly-tooled LNER J72 in OO from Bachmann.
For his first N gauge layout that reflects a rural location, Steve Farmer ventured into the Fenland flatlands for inspiration; this 1970s/1980s layout is the result.
In the news
Catch up on project updates and announcements from Bachmann, including the new Class 20/3s in OO gauge, EP samples of which are shown here.
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RM CUP COMPETITION
RM CUP PRIZE DRAW
Every January, Railway Modeller invites its readers to decide who will receive the RM Cup for the best article published during the previous 12 months. All you have to do is list, in order of preference, your three favourite articles from last year’s 12 Railway Modeller issues. The author of the winning article will be presented with the RM Cup, and every reader who submits their choice is entered into the prize draw with over £1,000 worth of prizes.
The competition is not currently running
Start date 12 December 2019
RM CUP ARCHIVE
Dent by Ian Nuttall, an OO gauge evocation of the Settle & Carlisle in LMS days (March)
Sidmouth by Richard Harper (June 2017)
The Summit/Draper's Sidings by Bob Alderman and the Yeovil Model Railway Group (April 2016)
The World's End by Pete and Julie Goss (October 2015)
Melton Mowbray North by John Spence and Steve Weston (September 2014)
The Gresley Beat by Cliff Parsons and friends (December 2013)
Bath Green Park by David Butcher and the Taunton Model Railway Group (January 2013)
Porth St John by Jeff Drew and the North Devon MRC (June 2011)
Baddlesmere, Barham & Stowhurst by John Chapman (July 2010)
Loch Oran by David Harrison (December 2009)
Rowland's Castle by Peter Goss (November & December 2008)
Cheddar by Simon & Chris Challis (September 2007)
Watlington by Bill Brown (July 2006)
Kingsfield by members of the Barnhill MRC (May 2005)
Hudson Road by John Grant (January & March 2004)
Wickley by Simon Homewood (February 2003)
Selwicks Quay by David Harrison (August 2002)
Birstall Town by Steve Walker (June & July 2001)
Dewsbury Midland by members of the Manchester MRS (December 2000)
Whitley South Dock by Michael Thomas (April & May 1999)
Millport Victoria by Norman Heaton (December 1998)
Gas Works by Bob Alderman and members of the Yeovil MRG (April 1997)
Askrigg Bank by members of the Kendal MRC (March, April & October 1996)
Jamaica Reach by members of the North Devon MRC (September 1995)
Runswick Bay by members of the Keighley 7mm Group (May & September 1994)
Hebden Junction by Peter Wall (July 1993)
Nether Stowey by Andy Calvert (September 1992)
Chee Tor by members of the Manchester MRS (November 1991)
Hursley by Martyn Welch (November 1990)
Westbury by Andy McMillan (January 1989)
Scotland Street by Dave Elbourne (September 1988)
Blaenycwm by members of the North Gwent Railway Modellers (May 1987)
Invurawe by Richard Lane (October 1986)
Beddgellyn by Dick Wyatt & Tony Hill (April 1987)
Nempnett Thrubwell by members of the Butcombe Junction Group (April 1984)
Luton Hoo by the 2mm Group of The Model Railway Club (January 1983)
Llaniog Vale Railway by Bob Tedbury (October 1982)
Wyndlesham Cove by Barry Norman (August & September 1981)
Chiltern Green by Tim Watson and members of The Model Railway Club (April 1980)
Bromford & High Peak by Col. R J Hoare (December 1979)
Pendlebury by H J Topping (January, March, June & August 1978)
Long Suffern by members of the Newport (Gwent) MRS (April 1977)
Rewley Road by members of the Oxford MRC (November 1976)
Totnes by Mike Cook (January & February 1975)
Midhants by members of the Mid-Hants MRG (January 1974)
Yatton Junction by members of the Yatton Junction Group (September 1973)
Ashover by Bill Hudson (January to March 1972)
Stanley to Stratford St Andrew by Maj. Wally Mayhew (January 1971)
Garsdale Road by David Jenkinson (April & May 1970)
Buckingham Renewed by Revd. Peter Denny (September 1969)
Eastbourne by Vivien Thompson (January, February & October 1968)
Porthleven by Dave Howsham (July 1967)
Marthwaite Revised by David Jenkinson (November & December 1966)
Isle of Man in Miniature by Jim Lawton and members of the Manchester MRS (July 1965)
Marthwaite by David Jenkinson (June 1964)
Birkenhead Joint by H Eric Fisher (October 1963)
The North Devonshire Railway by Ken Northwood (October 1962)
Revd. Peter Denny for the seven articles in the June 1961 issue
Putting the clock back at Craig by P D Hancock (April & May 1960)
A Magnificent System by C H Philo (February & March 1959)
Developments on the Buckingham Branch by Revd. Peter Denny (July & August 1958)
The Tyling Branch by Ken Payne (April 1957)
Irish International Railway and Tramway System by Cyril Fry (April, May & June 1956)
Developments on the CMR by P D Hancock (November 1955)
The Craig & Mertonford by P D Hancock (April & May 1954)
The inaugural Railway Modeller Cup winner was N S Eagles, for his explanation of the timetable operation on The Sherwood Section of the LMS (February & March 1953)
Railway Modeller Special 2019
The abiding pastime of model railways - well over 100 years - is celebrated in the Railway Modeller Special 2019, produced by the publisher of Railway Modeller, the UK's market leading model railway magazine with the highest ABC audited readership.
In the 2019 Special we have
- Single Unit Railcars
A historical review of these well-liked Prototypes.
- Gallows Close Sidings
Exploring the modelling potential of Scarborough’s old goods depot.
- The Swindon Ghost
Interpretations of a Great Western mystery.
An ideal OO layout for the smaller home.
- The Secret Lives of Railway Modellers
Discovering why we love to make model trains and layouts.
- Minerva Models
A profile of this vibrant O gauge manufacturer.
- Review of the Year
Take a look at the exciting 2019 releases from the model trade.
Plus much, much more!
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
The glory days of diesels on the West Highland, modelled in a small space in OO
MINERVA MODEL RAILWAYS
Co-founder Chris Klein talks to features Writer Craig Tiley about this prolific ready-to-run O gauge producer
GALLOWS CLOSE GOODS YARD
An in-depth survey of this Scarborough freight facility and its potential for modelling, by Steve Flint
A might-have-been branch line in western Cornwall, modelled in OO including scratchbuilt shipping
THERE'S A PROTOTYPE FOR EVERYTHING
Mix-and-match and much more – justification for seeming anachronisms on layouts
I'M JOOLS – DRIVE ME!
The latest loco for the Beer Heights Light Railway was named by none other than Jools Holland in June 2018. No 12 on the Pecorama attraction's roster, it's for driver experience work
WHO’S WHO AT PECO PUBLICATIONS
Railway Modeller is one of the few British model railway magazines where nearly all of the articles every month are written by the readers themselves, in their own words and often including their own photographs and plans. If you would like to contribute an article, or have your layout featured, in the first instance, please send a short synopsis of the proposed article to our general enquiries email address firstname.lastname@example.org, our Contact RM page or by letter to our postal address.Please include your full name, address and contact details with your enquiry.
The editorial team is located at PECO Headquarters in Beer, Seaton, Devon.
Editor & Photographer
Steve has been active in the model railway hobby for over 50 years, and began writing and taking photographs for the model press in the 1980s. He pursued a freelance career in photography and publishing before joining PECO Publications in 2002, becoming Railway Modeller Editor in 2008 following the retirement of John Brewer. Born in Scarborough, N Yorks, his personal interests include Scottish and northern railway subjects, and when not working, he enjoys hill walking and countryside pursuits.
General & Advertisement Manager
John joined the Peco family when Sheila King (no relation) retired after 45 years in charge! After more than 20 years in retail & production management, John joined Peco Publications in 2000. While the editorial team concentrate on producing excellent modelling articles, features, news, reviews and constructional content, John and his team of Sue & Nicole look after all administration, advertising, promotions, planning and distribution ensuring that our publications reach the readers on time!
Born in Teddington, Middlesex in 1965, Tim's railway influences were cast on trips to his grandparents’ home on the River Fowey in Cornwall – Westerns and other blue diesels. After college in the 1980s, a chance encounter with a copy of Railway Modeller led to his appointment as Assistant Editor of RM and CM in October 1988. Promoted to Production Editor in 2008 on the arrival of Steve Flint at the helm that summer, he's still enjoying the challenges the magazines throw at him every month!
Writer & Photographer
Born in Swindon in 1983, Craig developed an interest in railways (both real and model) from a very young age. He pursued an education in art and design, graduating in 2005 with a degree in Illustration. After working for the next few years as a freelance artist/photographer, which included frequent photographic assignments for the model railway press (including Railway Modeller), Craig took the opportunity to join the PECO Publications team full-time in July 2011.
Originally from South London, Adrian studied at the Plymouth College of Art and began working in graphic design for some of the major publishing houses. Adrian began his employment with PECO in 2002 within the company’s Art Studio, and he was later promoted to Art Director, overseeing editorial design for the two monthly titles, plus many other of the PECO Modellers Library portfolio.
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