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6 January 2006
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1 January 2006
I would first like to wish
New Railway Modellers readers and contributors a
very Happy New Year. This year has seen the site
grow massively in both size and popularity. I would
like to thank everyone who has contributed to the
Secondly Hornby have released their
2006 List. There are a few surprises and a few that
are not like the release of a Hornby DCC system. You
can read the Hornby Releases and my comments by
here. If you would like to comment on the Hornby
2006 Releases please visit the
forum click here
23 December 2005
See the pictures and read
the review of the new Hornby EWS Seacow R6286. All
in all an excellent addition to the Hornby wagon
Click here to read the review.
Also I forgot to announce the
addition of the new Thomas the Tank Engine Page.
Full of information about how to model the magical
world of Thomas and Friends.
Click here to read the article
2 December 2005
The winner of this months
"best model Railway photo is" Steve Jones
click to see his photo He has won the two VDA
vans below (chosen over the £10 off at New Modellers
to see his website.
13 November 2005 Track
conversion table now available. Includes Peco Hornby
and Bachman track and accessories.
Click here to view
4 October 2005
Pete M has written an
article with advice on how to produce realistic
model building Lighting.
Click here to read
24 October 2005
I have just finished the
new Harry Potter Model Railway advice page. Full of
information about how to model the magical world of
Harry Potter and the Hogwarts Express.
Click here to read the
14 October 2005
Pete M has provided this site with another great
article, this time about using sea foam to make
loads of fantastic model railway trees.
Click here to read his article
1 October 2005
The winner of this months "best model Railway photo
click to see his photo
He has won either a track cleaning
car or £10 off an order form New Modellers Shop.
The new members layout section is up.
Anyone who would like their own page just needs to
email me with a word document, with a write up about
your layout and some pictures. There is also a
personal layout section in the forums for discussing
problems and keeping other members up-to-date with
your layouts progression.
click here for the
members layouts or
here for the forums.
September 2005 I have
finally finished the new look to the site. It not
only looks better but it loads a lot faster.
2 September 2005
Ian Virgo, website custodian of the 7mm Narrow Gauge
Association has kindly supplied this site with
beginners information about modelling 7mm Narrow
Gauge Click here to read
27 August 2005
Pete M has kindly written an article
for this site about using static grass on your model
railway layout. Static grass produces a very
realistic 3 dimensional look.
Click here to read
only 10 days left of this months
competitions. Win a track cleaning car or £10 off an
order from New Modellers Shop.
Click here to see how
18 August 2005
On the 10th and 11th of September Crewe Loco works
is hosting "The Great Gathering" open weekend with
more than 60 steam locomotives, heritage diesel, and
electric traction. Some modern locomotives are
expected. The Hornby road show is attending the
event bringing a layout and showing off some new
models. Some model railway stands are expected.
Tickets are £12 for adults and £6 for children.
to go to the site
4 August 2005 Mr Bulmer
has come up with a new cheap method of switching
model railway points using an on-on switch and a
push to make switch. This method has the advantage
of illustrating the position of the point. I will be
using this method when I build my next control
click here to read more
31 July 2005 Mr Breakwell
has written an article on how to change your points
for not much money by building a mimic board
(click here). Wiring up point motors using
toggle or push switches are now covered
30 July 2005 The Bachmann
news feed has been added to the homepage. See Below.
23 July 2005 This
weeks competition has been won by R Dams (age 13)
Click here to view.
22 July 2005 "Hornby will
soon be releasing a number of models from the Lima,
Rivarossi and Jouef ranges for modellers of European
railways. A new mini-site
www.hornby.com/hornbyinternational - will list
the forthcoming products for German, US, Italian and
French modellers" (Hornby Website)
15 July 2005 Replacing
Hornby standard points with PECO points. Simple?
Still no winners of the competition this week as
only one person entered. That person has been
entered into this weeks competition. If you would
like more information about the competition
03 July 2005
Hornby Vs PECO Points
Anyone using Hornby standard points like me will
have experienced constant derailment of certain
railway models, including Hornby's own models. This
derailment is cause by two things, the point frog,
and the reduction in the width of the rail, to take
the moving point arms. It is not helped with the
move towards smaller scale wheels. But why do PECO
points not seem to suffer from these problems.
June 2005 New Hornby wagon
/ carriage reviews. Click
here for wagons and
here for carriages
23 June 2005 Hornby Hobbies
Ltd have launched a Model Auctions site
www.model-auctions.com to rival
Ebay, which Hornby say is "an online marketplace for
model and toy collectors worldwide". Uptake from
model sellers is slow with only 31 listings in the
model railway section to date. I believe the slow
uptake is in part due to the strict conditions of
sale, particularly the one which states "All auction
lots must be greater than 3 years of age and should
not appear in the manufacturer’s current range" as
well as "All lots will have a minimum starting bid
of £5.00". These conditions are clearly designed to
protect model shops from being undercut. Although
nothing to do with the sites functionality but the
colour of the site is also unappealing On the plus
side, the cost for a listing starts at only 5p which
is cheaper than Ebay's equivalent 35p (for
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