Well, it’s November again. Season of bangers, fireworks, dark nights and, of course, Warley exhibition.
It doesn’t seem like a year since we tentatively launched RMM and were giving away our first copies to visitors at last year’s show. I was nervous.
Would the new publication be well received? Would we be able to offer readers something that they didn’t already have? Twelve months on and I can say that the answer to both of those questions has been a resounding ‘yes’.
Every month I still receive letters and emails from people saying that they’ve only just found a copy of RMM and write in to say how much they like it.
So this year, I’m looking forward to returning to Warley on November 25-26, a year on, after having seen some incredible layouts in 2017 and learned so much about the history of the hobby.
One thing that people always talk about when I go to visit layouts is whether they use DC or DCC? It’s a modelling hot potato and something that Lucian Doyle talked about in his Letting Off Steam column in October’s issue.
We’ve got great letters from readers who have written in staunch defence of the reasons they use DC on page 32. On the other side of the fence in Ask A Daft Question on page 28 Nigel Burkin goes back to basics on DCC for those who are thinking of xdipping their toes in the water.
I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the DC/DCC debate.
In this month’s Past and Present on page 22, we have a really interesting piece from Ian Lamb – to tie up with Hornby releasing 45025 as a model in its Railroad series, and the Strathspey Railway putting the final stages to the real engine’s rebuilding at Aviemore as LMS 5025, Ian talks to the engine’s former driver.
We also have the second part of Graeme Simmonds’ feature on airbrushing with him giving advice on weathering on page 14.
We’ve also got Layouts We Love, diary dates and Nigel Burkin’s selection of reviews as well as Tony Stratford’s Blasts from the Past looking at Mainline Railways. See you at Warley!