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QUOTE (Dennis David @ 28 Aug 2007, 05:13) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>From what I see in Continental Modeler looks more like British layouts with German trains rather than the types of layouts I see in Germany.

Good point Dennis - often you get the best of both worlds (or sides of the water !).
 

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QUOTE (Dennis David @ 28 Aug 2007, 07:17) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Now without generalizing is ther such a thing as a "German Style" layout? If so what is it?

They do get shown every so often in the likes of Continental Modeller and of course the German Mags Modell Eisenbahn(?) for example.

Although not German I saw a beautiful Belgian layout at a show this year it is based in Belgium and operated by a mixture of Belgians Dutch and Germans. The actual modelling techniques were very similar to those found in the UK.

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Just a warning.

The GRS show at Sutton Coldfield has been cancelled. I was informed of this by their sales team when I saw them in Chatham on Saturday.

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QUOTE (BRITHO @ 11 Sep 2007, 17:11) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Just a warning. The GRS show at Sutton Coldfield has been cancelled. I was informed of this by their sales team when I saw them in Chatham on Saturday.
Yes, I've just spotted this on the ARG forums, where they seem a bit 'hacked off' at the GRS for screwing up payment for the hall hire *I think*.


ACHTUNG! SHOW CANCELLED...

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Their web-site has not yet been altered to say the exhibition's off. Should someone tell them.....?

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QUOTE (John Webb @ 11 Sep 2007, 21:12) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Their web-site has not yet been altered to say the exhibition's off. Should someone tell them.....?
I believe that several people have emailed. The fact that they haven't updated the website yet probably reflects the underlying reasons for the exhibition being cancelled in the first place unfortunately...

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I read (and checked) elsewhere that the GRS did not confirm the booking of the venue despite numerous reminders from the Town Hall and that the person/s responsible did not inform the GRS secretary.

However it was known within the GRs committee (it was widely known within the membership) that the show organiser was not the sharpest knife in the drawer and the chairman and secretary should have checked on his activities. Either way it is a complete breakdown of communication within the GRS committee and indicative of poor management.

Unfortunately their failure badly reflects on the minority interest in German railways, no wonder many ex-members and members are using specialist forums which are independent of the GRS.

It is a great shame as I remember the GRS at the start when Rabone and Hales ran the society and it seems to have lost its purpose.
 

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Robert,

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It is a great shame as I remember the GRS at the start when Rabone and Hales ran the society and it seems to have lost its purpose.

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It's a great shame,that you had two people with vision, enthusiasum and I may add personel drive,which propelled HO German modelling to the fore in the UK and I thank them for that.
Come on GRS you are the Flagship for us Deutscher Eisenbahn modellers

Boy do I wish I could make Bristol


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I suspect the hext AGM could get a bit lively if this is down to the organiser failing to book the venue. Maybe any GRS members who read this would be available to stand to organise next years show.

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QUOTE Dennis - can you explain why cancelling an exhibition is not a good sign for continental modelling

I would think that was pretty obvious when a leading proponent of contintinental modelling can't seem to get their major exhibiion of the ground it gives people who are just starting out and might be interested in looking at what is available on the other side of the channel one less avenue.
 

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GRS - The model railway society who called wolf...

QUOTE (Robert Sands @ 14 Sep 2007, 10:18) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I read (and checked) elsewhere that the GRS did not confirm the booking of the venue despite numerous reminders from the Town Hall and that the person/s responsible did not inform the GRS secretary.

However it was known within the GRs committee (it was widely known within the membership) that the show organiser was not the sharpest knife in the drawer and the chairman and secretary should have checked on his activities. Either way it is a complete breakdown of communication within the GRS committee and indicative of poor management.
Damn and blast them! Blast their eyes! Line them all up against the wall and shoot them...I'll be throwing rotten traction tyres at the AGM, IN FACT, I want to join the GRS just so that I can go to the AGM and scream incoherently at the committee in person.

Not only is of massive inconvenience to those who had organised their weekend/week/holiday around the show but obviously for those who were to be exhibiting, the trade support organised etc. but what happens next year?! The GRS will probably be turned down by the traders and layout owners on the grounds of not wanting to risk wasting their valuable time again...so there goes any chance of a decent Sutton Coldfield for a few years...


Personally, the fact that there were to be three Austrian prototype layouts
(out of about the ten or so mentioned) at a location only a bus ride away from me in Birmingham is rather upsetting. Not that it's made me mad (madder) or anything! There are
all explicitly European exhibitons in the West Midlands (...despite them being the Midlands of course, i.e. in the Middle and easiest for the largest number of people to attend...) aside from this one as far as I can make out.

I might actually have to catch a train (of all things!) to one somewhere else...


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