From the editor

Well, it’s been quite a year for RMM. When we launched the publication at last year’s Warley show I was trepidatious about how it would be received. Would we have anything new to bring to the modelling party?

After 12 months of lovely letters, comments and emails from RMM readers it would appear that yes, we are bringing something new to the party with our mix of advice for newcomers and returners, reviews, nostalgia and inspiring layouts.

I am very grateful for the support of model shops and advertisers as well as all of you who have picked up a copy and taken the time to drop me a line to say how much you have enjoyed it.

As this is also our Christmas issue a few of our writers have recalled their memories of receiving train sets on Christmas morning, and in some cases, how this sparked a lifelong love of railway modelling. This is true in the case of Lucian Doyle, in Letting off Steam on page 33.

One name over the last year of editing this publication that has loomed large has been that of W J Bassett-Lowke and last month I was lucky enough to visit 78 Derngate, his former home in Northampton.

You can read about this on page 14. We’ve also got a couple of inspirational layouts in Layouts we Love – one in particular shows great skill and dedication on the part of its maker. Turn to page 18 to read about them.

On page 22 we’ve also got the second and final part of Nigel Burkin’s back-to-basics series on DCC; judging by the letters we’ve had in defence of DC recently, it seems to be something of a modelling hot potato!

I hope that you enjoy this anniversary issue and wish you good tidings and happy modelling for the new year.

Sarah Palmer, Editor

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