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Offline Ian555  
#1 Posted : 07 January 2012 07:17:22(UTC)
Ian555

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Location: Scotland
Hi all,

So, the aim is to start a Märklin Club UK.

Open to suggestions/ideas on how we go about this?

Ian.

Offline Johnvr  
#2 Posted : 07 January 2012 07:44:01(UTC)
Johnvr

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Ian,

In Cape Town, the Marklin enthusiasts meet once a month. We had about 8 meetings last year, and we have all got to meet each other and see the various layouts. It is interesting to share the hobby with others. We also talked about constructing modular layouts which could be used at exhibitions, but this idea has not been taken further.

Regards,BigGrin
John
Offline Ian555  
#3 Posted : 07 January 2012 07:55:51(UTC)
Ian555

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Hi John,

Yes, I agree, it's great when members get together and spend some time talking Märklin.

Ian.

Offline old toot  
#4 Posted : 09 January 2012 00:15:43(UTC)
old toot

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Hi Ian and john
go for it and with computers and webcams you could link up
from around the country and have a virtual meeting
I see John has mentioned about modular
if you go to our Toottoot.co.nz website and under "Downloads"
on the left side
the very last item is the modular standard being used here in Nz
between Auckland,Wellington and Christchurch Clubs and had is roots
in what is used in the states
It is really got some guys going here in the last 12 months who don't
have great room at home and some have made two of these sections as part
of their home layout so they can pull them out to take to a show
the PDF is downloadable so help your selves
Go for it with the club Ian as you seem to be the mover and shaker in uk
Im sure you guys would be able to work a circle out and travel by train
to each others and so enjoy each other's company and layouts
all the best
Bryan old toot
were we pickit, packit and postit
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Offline Ian555  
#5 Posted : 09 January 2012 05:54:10(UTC)
Ian555

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Hi Bryan,

Thanks for your input. ThumpUp

Ian.

Offline GlennM  
#6 Posted : 09 January 2012 11:53:11(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: river6109 Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: GlennM Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: river6109 Go to Quoted Post
Is this a Maerklin Club UK within this forum or a seperate identity ?

How do people meet when one lives in Northern Ireland or Scotland and the other one lives down south in Devon or Kent ?

Is it going to be a fly in fly out club house meeting ? and how do you gauge your members ? one may has a z-train the other an HO loco, one has 2 rail the other 3 rail, and who supplies lunch ? or do you bring your sandwiches from Devon right up to Scotland ?

Will you include Marklin enthusiasts from France, they could be closer to Kent than members from Scotland and will they be called the UK tunnel members.

You may even consider a mobile club house with members taken to and from each pub they go past.

John



John,

If you are asking for my opinion, it should be a real life extension of this Forum, in a similar manner to that of the Greek Marklin Club. We all chat in here in cyber space, the club just extends it out into the real world so we can meet up and formalise things, maybe have sessions on how to convert locos in the flesh and stuff. How to deal with CS problems, upgrades and the like.

I believe that membership should be open to everyone, especially Aussies BigGrin BigGrin BigGrin BigGrin

Hope you are feeling better John, all the best for the week-end, Glenn


Glenn, thanks for your well wishes.

If this is the case it could be called: The British Australian (NZ) Empire State Marklin Club, sounds colossol even if you only have 2 members BigGrin
Members could be addressed as Kings & Queens, Lords & Barons and members from Australia we could refer us as: Convicts, Diggers, 1st mate, bushy and Sheila and Kiwis could be called: Followers and anybody not joining up would be called an idiot. LOL

John

(Idiot No 1)



John,

Great post..........glad to see you have not lost your sense of humour.

Best Wishes

Glenn
Offline Ian555  
#7 Posted : 09 January 2012 12:10:42(UTC)
Ian555

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Hi Glenn,

I've tried that before but failed miserably.Cursing

How do you move a post from one topic to another.Confused

Ian.

Offline GlennM  
#8 Posted : 09 January 2012 12:54:29(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Ian555 Go to Quoted Post
Hi Glenn,

I've tried that before but failed miserably.Cursing

How do you move a post from one topic to another.Confused

Ian.




Ian,

I did not move the post, as much as copy it. What I did was as follows;

1) Went to the post from John inside your Baden-Württemberg PartIII thread, click on the 'Quote' button.
2) A dialogue box then opens for me to reply with John's text in quotes.
3) I highlighted the text I wanted using the mouse and press the 'Ctrl' and 'C' buttons together, this copies the text.
4) I close the dialogue box.
5) I then opened the new thread on Märklin Club UK, went to the bottom and click the 'Post Reply' button
6) A new dialogue box opens for me to post a reply
7) Press 'Ctrl' and 'V' buttons together this pastes the text on your clipboard that you copied earlier, and then you add whatever reply you want beneath and then 'Post' your comment and the post has been transferred.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have problems

BR

Glenn
Offline Ian555  
#9 Posted : 09 January 2012 16:46:13(UTC)
Ian555

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Hi Glenn,

Thanks. ThumpUp

Ian.

Offline dan67millie  
#10 Posted : 09 January 2012 17:56:49(UTC)
dan67millie


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Originally Posted by: Ian555 Go to Quoted Post
Hi all,

So, the aim is to start a Märklin Club UK.

Open to suggestions/ideas on how we go about this?

Ian.


Hi Ian Sound like a plan BigGrin Is it a meeting or internet thing you would like to go with. cheers Dan
Offline RayF  
#11 Posted : 09 January 2012 18:27:56(UTC)
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If I might make a couple of suggestions as a non-UK resident, I think there are two ways to go with this.

1. Contact the UK distributor and see if there is any interest on their part in hosting the UK Marklin club as an official Marklin body. There might be funds available from Marklin for subsidising club publications, meetings etc.

or:

2. Take as a nucleus the members of this forum who are already meeting occasionally at Ian's and form an "unofficial" Marklin club of the UK. The club could hold meetings at intervals and locations convenient to the members, say once a quarter, for example, where they can meet, show off and run their trains, and possibly buy and sell Marklin stuff. If enough members can be found from the South, there could be meetings in alternate venues in England and Scotland, to allow a wider number of enthusiasts to take advantage of membership. Such a club could charge an annual fee, from which perhaps travel costs, newsletters, etc could be subsidised. Possible future enhancements could include the commissioning of a club wagon, construction of a modular layout, etc...

Either way, I would be interested in joining as an Ex-pat member, and I would try and attend meetings on my visits to UK. I would certainly buy the club wagon.
Ray

Mostly Marklin.Selection of different eras and European railways
Small C track layout, control by MS2, 100+ trains but run 4-5 at a time.
Offline David Dewar  
#12 Posted : 09 January 2012 20:02:33(UTC)
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Hi Ray. Good suggestions but the UK distributor here does not appear to do much to support the product never mind a club.
With this site and the Cave (based in Scotland but run from the upside down places)we dont need another web site.
Meeting is good but as yet I have not made to Ians and he is only 30 odd miles away (getting older does not help)
There is very little support for Marklin in the UK and I expect everybody in Scotland is already on this site.
A Scottish European rail club including two rail might produce more members but also I dare say lots of arguments so is not worth considering.
Might be an idea to have meetings in different towns : Edinburgh,Glasgow,Aberdeen etc if there are sufficient numbers available. East Kilbride is about central for east and west coast and one of the hotels may be interested.
Meanwhile Ian has done a great job in his area.

dave PS Flash Dave would of course be treasurer.
Offline river6109  
#13 Posted : 10 January 2012 02:29:08(UTC)
river6109

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Location: On 1965 Märklin Boulevard just around from Roco Square
Ray,

Unless Marklin has changed its support for clubs, there is nothing they add to it except some stickers, which say Marklin.
I had more advertising materials from other companies supporting my train layout exhibitiions in the past. Strange as it sounds but this seems to be the case.

John
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http://www.youtube.com/6109river
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Offline Ian555  
#14 Posted : 10 January 2012 06:34:38(UTC)
Ian555

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Hi Dan,

This all depends on the number and the location of forum members who would be interested in getting together say 3 or 4 times a year to discuss all things Märklin.

The meetings we've held at Baden-Württemberg, I would say have been a success and we all have a very enjoyable day.

At the moment we have 5 members who meet up, and this was just to see if we could maybe increase the numbers.

Its real early days, so any input most welcome.

Ian.

Offline AshleyH  
#15 Posted : 10 January 2012 08:06:07(UTC)
AshleyH

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Count me in, though I am at the other end of the country (Bournemouth), though I would be happy to perhaps make one annual trek north! I am in touch with one other Märklin enthusiast here in Bournemouth. We also have a local gathering of LGB enthusiasts, around 5 in number and we meet up a few times a year and do a couple of exhibitions

When we get a little further down the line, I do have a contact at the Hobby Company, one of the Directors, he got personally involved when I had a severe quality issue with a new and expensive LGB loco early last year. We had a couple of lengthy chats during which I raised the Märklin situation in the UK. I reminded him of how, in the later years of Gaugemaster's reign as UK importer, the UK Insider Club had bi-annual training meetings in Arundel. Dieter Lawrence, who I believe is still at Märklin, used to come over and do Digital Training days for a heavily subsidised rate.

I suggested it might be possible to resurrect this, we normally had around a dozen attendees. Did anyone on this forum attend?
Of course, for the Hobby Comapny and or Märklin to be interested there would have to be some business in it for them. The Hobby Company offerred to match any European price I could obtain, not supplying me directly, but through a preferred dealer. As my personal financial circumstances took a turn for the worse around that time, I have not yet put this to the test!

Best Regards
Ashley
Offline GlennM  
#16 Posted : 10 January 2012 09:35:21(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Ian555 Go to Quoted Post
Hi Glenn,

Thanks. ThumpUp

Ian.




No problem, your welcome

BR

Glenn

PS: Did it work?
Offline Ian555  
#17 Posted : 10 January 2012 09:35:44(UTC)
Ian555

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Hi Ashley,

Good to hear from you, opposite ends of the country I know, but, maybe once a year a meeting that could be kind of central for us all, I was thinking Manchester or Lincoln...Smile

There'a a few of us meeting up at the model rail show at the SECC in Glasgow at the end of February and we will discuss it then further, good excuse for a weekend in Scotland.Wink

Ian.



Offline Ian555  
#18 Posted : 10 January 2012 09:37:20(UTC)
Ian555

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Hi Glenn,

I've not tried it yet.

Ian.

Offline old toot  
#19 Posted : 10 January 2012 10:32:43(UTC)
old toot

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Hi Ian and group
just to give you some inside info
there is marketing stuff available from marklin
like stickers. planning sheets, bags, pens and we seem
to be able to get these without too many problems
some we pay for some we get given, but this is part
of the overall promotion of the product from a dealers
point of view,and is part of cost of doing business
one of our past prime minsters used to say "any publicity is good Publicity"
and with Marklins lead in digital we have found this a very good way
to promote the education side of Marklin as a vehicle for kids to learn
about digital in a fun way, and all parents are looking for stuff to help
their kids get a job later in life
To raise the profile of marklin we have to get it into the kids hands
and they will drive it and once the kids of britian begin to see just how
good marklin systems are compared to alot of other stuff on the market it
will really begin to build but it takes time but it builds, you know at a show when
a 25 year old walks out with a big colourful Marklin bag with a 700.00starter set in it believe you me
Everyone sees it !! I had one of trader say to me
"you Bugger do you have to make it so visible"!
where ever you start Ian it will grow,make it happen, talk about, show pictures on your page, link up and suddenly guys will start to realise they are missing something
and above all make it fun, you know you could even do a linkup with Dion from here
over internet and him do one of his "Intro to digital talks that he does here "
to teach folks what digital is all about so they can make a informed decision about
buying a digital system. Get hold of Ian Rice from down devon way he came out here
and did a series of talks on layout design, and scenery building, and was really
outstanding on module building and he has a really dry wit Ian and could be a good draw card to getting others involved with you
Ill talk to dion we may be able to send you some stuff from here to encourage you guys to get going
regards
bryan old toot nz dealer

were we pickit, packit and postit
Offline Ian555  
#20 Posted : 10 January 2012 11:42:30(UTC)
Ian555

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Hi Bryan,

Thanks again for your offer of help and encouragement to get this UK club started.

Our next get together with forum members is at the end of February and by then we can gauge what interest there will be in the idea.

I wonder if our Webmaster could tell us how many UK forum members there is.

Ian.

Offline kevwill  
#21 Posted : 10 January 2012 16:13:40(UTC)
kevwill


Joined: 17/05/2008(UTC)
Posts: 147
Location: Diss,Norfolk, England
Ian

I would be very interested in joining in a UK Marklin club
I have'nt been around for a couple of months as i am trying to complete the renovation of my house here in France, with the intention of moving back to the Cambs,Suffolk,Norfolk area.I have virtually finished now and the house is now on the internet with selling agents, but like the housing market at home its very slow here as well.
If we can't sell i will rent it out, and i will be resident in England by June/July this year.
I will keep my eye on this post and see how it evolves. i also will be willing to travel to wherever you choose the annual or by bi-annual meetings to be.

Thanks

Kevin

Edited by user 10 January 2012 17:04:08(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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Offline Ian555  
#22 Posted : 10 January 2012 16:56:55(UTC)
Ian555

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Hi Kevin,

Good to have your support, hopefully have more information by the end of February.

Ian.

Offline hennabm  
#23 Posted : 10 January 2012 18:01:57(UTC)
hennabm

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Originally Posted by: Ian555 Go to Quoted Post
Hi Ashley,

Good to hear from you, opposite ends of the country I know, but, maybe once a year a meeting that could be kind of central for us all, I was thinking Manchester or Lincoln...Smile

There'a a few of us meeting up at the model rail show at the SECC in Glasgow at the end of February and we will discuss it then further, good excuse for a weekend in Scotland.Wink

Ian.



Hi all

I'm OK with thisThumpUp

Also if there are to be "club fees" (thinking abit further ahead) then there has to be a benefit to the members. I will suggest that it is not purely access to advertising stuff from M or similar but maybe some tangible benefit like a prize draw for a lump sum made up from some of the fees and drawn once a year - to be spent on M stuff old or newUnsure

Just an idea.Wink

I was also going to ask the "great one" if he could tell us how many UK based members this forum has.Cool

Mike
1957 - 1985 era
What's digital?
Offline Ian555  
#24 Posted : 10 January 2012 18:09:47(UTC)
Ian555

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Hi Mike,

Looks like we'll have plenty to discuss.

"The train has left the station and is gathering speed."

Ian.

Offline Webmaster  
#25 Posted : 10 January 2012 19:57:14(UTC)
Webmaster


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If an UK Märklin Club needs a website, I would be happy to host its web site.

As described as option 2 here: http://www.m-users.net/f...in-2-different-ways.aspx

Unfortunately I cannot give the number of UK members, since country is not a mandatory field in the profile of this forum software.
Maybe we should set up a poll to check the interest, let it run for a month or so... I could add one in Ian's starter post...

Edited by user 10 January 2012 20:23:17(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

Juhan - "Webmaster", at your service...
He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes. He who does not ask a question remains a fool forever. [Old Chinese Proverb]
thanks 2 users liked this great post by Webmaster
Offline Ian555  
#26 Posted : 10 January 2012 20:40:59(UTC)
Ian555

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Location: Scotland
Hi Juhan,

The idea for a Poll would be a great indication of the amount of interest in a UK club.

I would need your help in how that's done, to set up a Poll.

Thanks.

Ian.

Offline steventrain  
#27 Posted : 10 January 2012 20:58:18(UTC)
steventrain

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Location: Northern Ireland
Interest in join Marklin Club UK?

Please vote for Ian555.

Edited by moderator 10 January 2012 21:10:21(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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Offline steventrain  
#28 Posted : 10 January 2012 21:00:49(UTC)
steventrain

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Originally Posted by: Ian555 Go to Quoted Post
Hi Juhan,

The idea for a Poll would be a great indication of the amount of interest in a UK club.

I would need your help in how that's done, to set up a Poll.

Thanks.

Ian.




Hi Ian,

I have set up Poll for you.

http://www.m-users.net/f...-Club-UK.aspx#post317514
Largest marklinist Layout with Centrail station 2/Mobile station 2/60174 boosters/C-Tracks/K-Tracks/Favorites class BR01, BR23, BR50/Insider Club membership since 2004.
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Offline hennabm  
#29 Posted : 10 January 2012 21:03:55(UTC)
hennabm

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2 now ThumpUp
1957 - 1985 era
What's digital?
Offline Ian555  
#30 Posted : 10 January 2012 21:13:46(UTC)
Ian555

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Location: Scotland

Voted. Smile

Ian.

Offline RayF  
#31 Posted : 10 January 2012 22:16:08(UTC)
RayF

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I just voted, but I see only my own vote in the poll. Has no-one else voted?
Ray

Mostly Marklin.Selection of different eras and European railways
Small C track layout, control by MS2, 100+ trains but run 4-5 at a time.
Offline Webmaster  
#32 Posted : 10 January 2012 22:16:20(UTC)
Webmaster


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Tried to merge Stephens poll topic into this topic - Failed miserably... Blushing

Ian, Mike, Stephen - please vote again so we get back the original 3 "Yes" votes...

The actual result is 4 "Yes" including yours, Ray...

Edited by user 10 January 2012 22:47:33(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

Juhan - "Webmaster", at your service...
He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes. He who does not ask a question remains a fool forever. [Old Chinese Proverb]
Offline David Dewar  
#33 Posted : 10 January 2012 22:29:47(UTC)
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22.26pm. Tuesday. We only have one vote. Where are the others. If this is another YAF invasion the troops are onstand y.

Why not set up a Yahoo Goup to start with and see how things go. (dead easy even I could do it) That way UK folk (including those overseas ) can discuss where they would like to go on the idea.

dave
Offline hennabm  
#34 Posted : 10 January 2012 22:47:27(UTC)
hennabm

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Originally Posted by: Webmaster Go to Quoted Post
Tried to merge Stephens poll topic into this topic - Failed miserably... Blushing

Ian, Mike, Stephen - please vote again so we get back the original 3 "Yes" votes...

The actual result is 4 "Yes" including yours, Ray...


Done ThumpUp
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What's digital?
Offline Webmaster  
#35 Posted : 10 January 2012 23:07:34(UTC)
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Dave, isn't your suggestion a bit counterproductive in the big picture?

I myself would like to rather see a "Märklin Club UK" section within this forum, or rather - a general "Club Section" with subforums for each club...

Creating Yet Another Yahoo group would just isolate and disperse the general interest in a UK group to a few members... If we look at it from a global perspective, wouldn't it be better to have it under the "umbrella" of m-users as an independent entity in a place that many UK users already know (more than 1200 unique UK users have visited the last 30 days) as a good place? A totally different looking theme and domain name could be set up for such a forum to suit the purpose.

Of course, that is my own personal thought, but there may of course be reasons to build Yet Another small exclusive Yahoo group for UK only - but I can't see the real point of it... But then a Yahoo group would maybe also cater for it if you want to be "alone"...

Edited by user 10 January 2012 23:20:46(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

Juhan - "Webmaster", at your service...
He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes. He who does not ask a question remains a fool forever. [Old Chinese Proverb]
Offline Ian555  
#36 Posted : 11 January 2012 06:37:08(UTC)
Ian555

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Hi Juhan,

Thanks for your help with this. ThumpUp

Ian.
Offline Ian555  
#37 Posted : 11 January 2012 06:38:45(UTC)
Ian555

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Voted. ThumpUp....again. Smile

Ian.

Offline AshleyH  
#38 Posted : 11 January 2012 10:34:46(UTC)
AshleyH

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Voted, though can't afford the air fare to Scotland !Wink

Best Regards
Ashley
Offline David Dewar  
#39 Posted : 11 January 2012 11:03:09(UTC)
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Location: Scotland
Hi Juhan. I am not alone because I do not wish Users Net to run a UK club. Ambition to run the largest site is one thing but for the UK their are people who wish to meet on a regular basis and discuss Marklin in person. There are many in the Uk who have Marklin but are not members of Users and prefer to met and run trains.
It is perfectly possible for both to run and my idea of a Yahoo Group for a monthj or so allows UK folk to talk and decide what THEY want to do.
I see no advantage to have another thread in USERS just for a UK club which may well be subscription paying.

dave
Offline Jeremy Palmer  
#40 Posted : 11 January 2012 11:06:03(UTC)
Jeremy Palmer

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You will have to let me in - Barbados part of the Commonwealth. Interesting fact about Barbados, while England's
Parliament is older Barbados remained Royalist during the Cromwell era, so our Parliament has actually "sat" for
more years consecutively than the English Parliament.

But I still wish to join anyway

Jeremy.
Jeremy.

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2). The early bird may get the worm, but it's the second rat that gets the cheese.
Offline David Dewar  
#41 Posted : 11 January 2012 11:54:35(UTC)
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Hi Jeremy. Yep I am sure more than welcome. I know of many who are overseas and visit back to the UK from time to time who could meet with us if the timing was right. Promotion of Marklin in the UK is badly needed and personal contact with dealers etc could be very useful. We dont want to take over the world but a small group of enthusiasts might just get a dealer interested in holding club nights and even obtaining Marklin at better prices for UK club members who can call at the premises.
There are many such Clubs in different countries run in the country by its members and I dont see why not in the UK.

Great idea from Ian.

dave
Offline Ian555  
#42 Posted : 11 January 2012 12:30:23(UTC)
Ian555

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Hi Jeremy,

Of course, you would be more than welcome.

Ian.

Offline Ian555  
#43 Posted : 11 January 2012 12:52:19(UTC)
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Hi Dave,

Good to have you on board, but I must point out the Club was not my idea, it was more a joint decision between Glenn, Mike and myself.

The reason it's being arranged thro' Marklin-User's, is that I don't actually know anyone with Märklin, who is not a forum member.

I'm sure they are out there, infact some might even be known as "Other's"......sorry B1's little joke. Smile

I see the Marklin Club UK banner, as more an excuse for like minded model rail folk to meet up and spend a day talking Märklin, and that could be here in Scotland, or a quick blast down the M6 to sunny England, just whatever.



Ian.


And, if we are good, and I mean really good, the odd holiday in Barbados. Wink Smile
Offline hennabm  
#44 Posted : 11 January 2012 14:24:04(UTC)
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Hi Ian

Somebody mention Barbados.....

My bags are packed and I'm ready to go; 12 engines, 16 coaches, one toothbrush, oh and I had better not forget to take the FD......LOL

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Offline David Dewar  
#45 Posted : 11 January 2012 14:24:04(UTC)
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Hi Ian. Fired off a PM. I think what you have going in Edinburgh is about all you will get from Users as it has been well documented here. There are several hundred Marklin players in the UK who have no interest in web sites but do like to meet and chat. These are the guys that would make up a UK club but it would take time (possibly this year to set it up) Otherwise I would just do what you are doing at present which looks like good fun.

dave
Offline dan67millie  
#46 Posted : 11 January 2012 18:11:43(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Ian555 Go to Quoted Post
Hi Dan,

This all depends on the number and the location of forum members who would be interested in getting together say 3 or 4 times a year to discuss all things Märklin.

The meetings we've held at Baden-Württemberg, I would say have been a success and we all have a very enjoyable day.

At the moment we have 5 members who meet up, and this was just to see if we could maybe increase the numbers.

Its real early days, so any input most welcome.

Ian.


Hi Ian Were did you meet before, I use to travel some way with my Z layout. Im just about to start takeing my small HO layout out soon,so distance is no reel problem. cheers Dan
Offline dan67millie  
#47 Posted : 11 January 2012 18:18:45(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Ian555 Go to Quoted Post
Hi Ashley,

Good to hear from you, opposite ends of the country I know, but, maybe once a year a meeting that could be kind of central for us all, I was thinking Manchester or Lincoln...Smile

There'a a few of us meeting up at the model rail show at the SECC in Glasgow at the end of February and we will discuss it then further, good excuse for a weekend in Scotland.Wink

Ian.
Hi Ian Manchester or Lincoln is good for me perhaps i could bring my layoutLOL Laugh



Offline Ian555  
#48 Posted : 11 January 2012 18:23:06(UTC)
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Hi Dan,

We've so far only met at Baden-Württemberg, with the other forum members still building their layouts.

Ian.

Offline Ian555  
#49 Posted : 11 January 2012 18:26:55(UTC)
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Hi Dan,

Glenn is in the Manchester area and Mike is over around Lincoln.

Ian.

Offline dan67millie  
#50 Posted : 11 January 2012 18:45:29(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Ian555 Go to Quoted Post
Hi Dan,

We've so far only met at Baden-Württemberg, with the other forum members still building their layouts.

Ian.


Might be a little to far to take ones layoutLaugh As you have said somewere in the middles good.I cant see that haveing a UK supplier involved is any use though as some have sergested. I have found most to be not much good at selling or promoteing Marklin more slagging them of. It would be just nice to simpley have a chat and talk Marklin with perhaps some C track or a layout. One thing that is very much in my mind is that there is nothing in the exhibition circuit and it would be nice if this UK thing got of the ground and have a Marklin fan club stand at a large train show, say NEC then Marklin might just sit up and take notice of the UK!! Marklin AC is a good concept but sadly did not even make the slightist dent at the NEC this year and it should because lets face it Hornby has not got a patch on iT!BigGrin hers some picks of my now sold Z layout
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Offline Ian555  
#51 Posted : 11 January 2012 18:54:56(UTC)
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Hi Dan,

That all sounds good to me, great photo's of your Z layout.

Ian.

Offline dan67millie  
#52 Posted : 11 January 2012 19:25:53(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Ian555 Go to Quoted Post
Hi Dan,

That all sounds good to me, great photo's of your Z layout.

Ian.


Ho almost there
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Offline steventrain  
#53 Posted : 11 January 2012 19:31:42(UTC)
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Hi Ian,

Email send.Wink
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#54 Posted : 11 January 2012 19:33:16(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Webmaster Go to Quoted Post
Tried to merge Stephens poll topic into this topic - Failed miserably... Blushing

Ian, Mike, Stephen - please vote again so we get back the original 3 "Yes" votes...

The actual result is 4 "Yes" including yours, Ray...



Vote.ThumpUp
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Offline Webmaster  
#55 Posted : 11 January 2012 22:17:39(UTC)
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Hi Juhan. I am not alone because I do not wish Users Net to run a UK club. Ambition to run the largest site is one thing but for the UK their are people who wish to meet on a regular basis and discuss Marklin in person. There are many in the Uk who have Marklin but are not members of Users and prefer to met and run trains.
It is perfectly possible for both to run and my idea of a Yahoo Group for a monthj or so allows UK folk to talk and decide what THEY want to do.
I see no advantage to have another thread in USERS just for a UK club which may well be subscription paying.

dave


That's ok, I am just offering the web services that are also available for free from my side. If you wish to go with a Yahoo group, that is excellent too...
I'm offering this service to a potential club thanks to Ian's initiative in this forum. A UK forum set up on this site would not be associated with m-users, except maybe a small miniscule note at the bottom like "Hosted by m-users.net" or such...

I'm just trying to offer some help, if needed... Smile
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Offline David Dewar  
#56 Posted : 11 January 2012 22:36:18(UTC)
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Hi Juhan. Help is of course appreciated. Any Yahoo group would be temporary to obtain ideas from future members.
It is unlikely that it will proceed as a UK Club would require a lot of work re advertsing etc. Contacting dealers and adverts in Continental Modeller etc. I had thought previously of this but finding a committee was difficult. Ian does well with the meetings at his place but I dont see more than 4 or 5 members who can meet without a lot of work being done to promote the idea.
There are lots of European model enthuiasts in the UK and there are clubs for most of the big manufacturers other than Marklin.
New members would be expected to also join Users net if they are website inclined. It is unlikely a UK website would be needed as the club could function with meetings and a quarterly newsletter etc.
However as said these things rarely happen but one day maybe Marklin will appear in the UK as a major brand.

dave
Offline Webmaster  
#57 Posted : 11 January 2012 23:29:39(UTC)
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Dave, I hope there will be an M Club UK... But as you say, probably most have their blinders on and are fairly "local" with the "nearest neighborhood" as the main geographical area for train activities.

So to set up a traditional club with postal newsletters and such is great, but wouldn't it be better to follow the times and and use the "e-media" instead of paper stuff? Maybe would even bring more UK model railroaders to get an Internet connection if they don't have it - and maybe finally see an use for the Internet?

Just my thoughts, I am not from the UK so I don't really know how the story goes over there... Wink
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Offline river6109  
#58 Posted : 12 January 2012 00:23:07(UTC)
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I've never belonged to a club and have told myself never to join a club.

the reasons behind are to a certain extend personal ones and the other reasons are pretty obvious, it doesn'ts matter which country a club is formed unless there is some special interest for a diverse section from the public, e.g. Railway societies. etc etc. there are the working people and the hanger on ones, the prospectus buyers and the one with a million dollar idea.
What I've read so far with the Marklin Uk club it will be different story as apparently there will be no club layout which to me, this seems to be a good idea, as history can tell, no one is ever happy what the other person produces or suggests.
Some people also don't like formal arrangements and this has shown in this forum and the success it has created by not creating a club rather an informal gathering of information and knowledge and it is almost for free, thanks to 1 person and his few helpers.

What has become, I assume, an enjoyable gathering, maybe twice a year at Ian's hideout, is not formal, there are no appointment fee's cancellations and if the road is passable, marklin-users friends instead of members will arrive when possible.

Besides my comments I wish you all a happy outcome and I'm already waiting for videos and photosBigGrin

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Offline Ian555  
#59 Posted : 12 January 2012 06:49:07(UTC)
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Hi all,

I agree with what Juhan and also John have said, for the moment at least, let's keep it informal.

Juhan's offer of help with "web service's" would be much appreciated, as I'm sure you're all aware, I know nothing about that field, of course if you wanted help with some DIY, then I'm you're man. Smile

So, for the moment, if Marklin Club UK members are drawn from the forum, and hopefully with time, we can add to our numbers with those not wishing to be part of our forum.

I reckon, if we start with forum friends, and arrange a few meetings around our small country, say at Model Rail Shows, from that we can build a direction in which we plan to travel in.

Thoughts/idea's/ suggestions much appreciated.

Ian.

Offline David Dewar  
#60 Posted : 12 January 2012 10:19:27(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Webmaster Go to Quoted Post
Dave, I hope there will be an M Club UK... But as you say, probably most have their blinders on and are fairly "local" with the "nearest neighborhood" as the main geographical area for train activities.

So to set up a traditional club with postal newsletters and such is great, but wouldn't it be better to follow the times and and use the "e-media" instead of paper stuff? Maybe would even bring more UK model railroaders to get an Internet connection if they don't have it - and maybe finally see an use for the Internet?

Just my thoughts, I am not from the UK so I don't really know how the story goes over there... Wink

....................................

Hi Juhan. I have tried for many years now to get things going but not enough are prepared to put in the work.

Probably better to forget a club and just have a few guys meeting from time to time but it is not a UK Club and unless a few are prepared to give it a go it will never happen as far as Marklin is concerened.
There are of course plenty of Model rail clubs in the UK and I am a member of two but of course I am the only Marklin enthusiast.
Few of the Clubs are interested in a web site type club as they meet each month in person.

Good idea though but looks like another failure without committment to se it through which I understand is not for everybody.

For some reason the Hornby and Roco boys have the get up and go where Marklin just does not get the support.

However the two rail guys who visit me are great for the hobby as a whole and we enjoy our regular blether.

dave PS looking at the poll there are nowhere near enough to support a club of any type.
Offline Nigel Packer  
#61 Posted : 12 January 2012 13:08:46(UTC)
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I am in Cheshire!

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Offline steventrain  
#62 Posted : 12 January 2012 13:18:34(UTC)
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I am in Cheshire!

Nigel


I see you in picture in the Club magazine 6/2011 page 16.ThumpUp
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Offline Ian555  
#63 Posted : 12 January 2012 13:54:22(UTC)
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Hi Nigel,

Thanks for the support. ThumpUp

Ian.

Offline Ian555  
#64 Posted : 12 January 2012 13:55:54(UTC)
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Hi Stephen,

Sent e-mail.

Ian.

Offline steventrain  
#65 Posted : 12 January 2012 17:22:10(UTC)
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Club logo, What do you think?


UserPostedImage

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Offline hennabm  
#66 Posted : 12 January 2012 17:27:02(UTC)
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Hi Dan

nice looking Z layout you had there ThumpUp

The HO one is looking good too.ThumpUp

You're no too far away from me as I am in Lincoln these days. Look forward to meeting you at some point - either up north or more local to you. BigGrin

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Offline hennabm  
#67 Posted : 12 January 2012 17:28:44(UTC)
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Hi Stephen

I like both Blushing The first one has the simplicity about it for replicating etc but I do like the second one for the track circle Unsure

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Offline Ian555  
#68 Posted : 12 January 2012 17:44:02(UTC)
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Hi Stephen,

Good work, I like the 2nd one. ThumpUp

Ian.

Offline RayF  
#69 Posted : 12 January 2012 18:00:51(UTC)
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I like the second one too!
Ray

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Offline Nightowl4933  
#70 Posted : 12 January 2012 20:21:57(UTC)
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Voted!

I'm up for this, too. I'm closer (a LOT closer) to Bournemouth than Scotland, but would like to discuss this hobby one to one!

I haven't got a layout I could bring to events, but I hope to build one in the future.

If we're meeting in the middle, we could share transport, Ashley.

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Offline Ian555  
#71 Posted : 12 January 2012 20:31:47(UTC)
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Hi Pete,

Thanks for your support. ThumpUp

Ian.

Offline Winterblade73  
#72 Posted : 12 January 2012 20:42:34(UTC)
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You can have different chapters within the Club like we do for ETE. For instance just in California we have SoCal, Bay Area and Sacramento.

You can have the main UK club but Scotland Chapter, Northern England, Wales, etc.
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Offline dntower85  
#73 Posted : 12 January 2012 22:16:21(UTC)
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I would think that there are more mark lin fans in the UK that are not members of the web site, but ocasionaly view the site.

Just thinking could a 'Join the UK club ' add show up if a UK IP is detected and form a guest log in?
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Offline Nigel Packer  
#74 Posted : 12 January 2012 22:26:14(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: steventrain Go to Quoted Post


I see you in picture in the Club magazine 6/2011 page 16.ThumpUp


Yes! Well spotted! I am with some of my American Märklin friends in Göppingen. We always meet at these events, and we have known each other for at least 15 years.

Best wishes,

Nigel
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Offline Ian555  
#75 Posted : 13 January 2012 10:13:34(UTC)
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Hi Juhan,

Will it be possible to tell who has voted in the poll, for a final list of names.

Thanks. ThumpUp

Ian.



Offline dan67millie  
#76 Posted : 13 January 2012 13:14:45(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: steventrain Go to Quoted Post
Club logo, What do you think?


UserPostedImage

UserPostedImage

Im likeing that good one LOL BigGrin
Offline Webmaster  
#77 Posted : 13 January 2012 21:18:50(UTC)
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Will it be possible to tell who has voted in the poll, for a final list of names.ThumpUp

Don't know how to do it at the moment, can't find an obvious poll vote/user connection in the database, have sent question to the developer dudes...
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Offline Ian555  
#78 Posted : 14 January 2012 05:42:01(UTC)
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Hi Juhan,

Thanks for your time with this. ThumpUp

Ian.

Offline Bigdaddynz  
#79 Posted : 14 January 2012 06:27:58(UTC)
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How do you move a post from one topic to another.Confused



You can ask the Moderators! ThumpUp
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Offline Bigdaddynz  
#80 Posted : 14 January 2012 06:29:23(UTC)
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Club logo, What do you think?



Pretty good Stevie, but it needs a 3rd Rail!
Offline Ian555  
#81 Posted : 14 January 2012 06:40:04(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Ian555 Go to Quoted Post
How do you move a post from one topic to another.Confused



You can ask the Moderators! ThumpUp



Hi David,

Thanks, I will, and I am. ThumpUp

I've already had some help from Glenn with this, but you could run thro' it with me...thanks.

Ian.



Offline steventrain  
#82 Posted : 14 January 2012 07:38:58(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: steventrain Go to Quoted Post
Club logo, What do you think?



Pretty good Stevie, but it needs a 3rd Rail!



What about Z scale and Gauge 1?
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Offline Bigdaddynz  
#83 Posted : 14 January 2012 08:27:18(UTC)
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...but you could run thro' it with me...



You ask and we do.....

Moderators can move topics around within the forum, something that can't be done by ordinary users.
Offline Bigdaddynz  
#84 Posted : 14 January 2012 08:28:43(UTC)
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What about Z scale and Gauge 1?



Maybe, but most Marklin modellers are H0 and 3 rail focused. The third rail is what differentiates Marklin modellers.
Offline Ian555  
#85 Posted : 14 January 2012 08:50:40(UTC)
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Hi David,

Ok.

Ian.

Offline river6109  
#86 Posted : 14 January 2012 12:26:38(UTC)
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Dave,

Any chance moving me to the UK, preferable Wales.BigGrin
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Offline dan67millie  
#87 Posted : 14 January 2012 17:37:49(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: hennabm Go to Quoted Post
Hi Dan

nice looking Z layout you had there ThumpUp

The HO one is looking good too.ThumpUp

You're no too far away from me as I am in Lincoln these days. Look forward to meeting you at some point - either up north or more local to you. BigGrin

Mike

Hi Mike im going to take my HO to a local show, its in Rushden Northants on the 21st of April if you and any one else would like to come for a chat details on the venue later!
Offline RDRBerry  
#88 Posted : 14 January 2012 18:19:24(UTC)
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This all sounds very exiting, keen to be involved.Based in Shipley Yorkshire..

Ralph
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Offline Ian555  
#89 Posted : 14 January 2012 18:51:36(UTC)
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Hi Ralph,

Good to have your support. ThumpUp

Ian.

Offline hennabm  
#90 Posted : 14 January 2012 19:23:25(UTC)
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Hi Dan

That sounds good to me. I will check my diary and get back to you on that one. ThumpUp Look forward to further details.



Hi Ralph - welcome ThumpUp

Mike
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Offline old toot  
#91 Posted : 15 January 2012 00:22:00(UTC)
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Hi Ian
great its happening
nothing ventured nothing gained
I spoke with one of the local Guys involved
with Our national convention about Ian Rice
has said he could get me his address and also
said that he has had some accident or fall
and is laid up for a 2 months but if you
wanted a special weekend speaker he is very
good , stayed on subject, kept to time
used a lot of overheads and visual stuff
and very dry wit but his scenery stuff Ian
is just great and he is into diaorama building
you would really enjoy him and I think he is
coming out here for another trip later this year
well great to see the interest building but sad
to read comments about "dealers not interested
in helping Clubs" where do they think their business
could come from eh well encouraging this sort of
grass roots interest is one of my pet interest Ian
so great logo design
have fun you guys
regards and best wishes for your club
Bryan from old shaky toot we had another 5.00 at 2.47AM !! this morning
yep Christchurch Rocks!!
were we pickit, packit and postit
Offline Ian555  
#92 Posted : 15 January 2012 06:42:35(UTC)
Ian555

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Hi Bryan,

Thanks again, it's great to hear some positive comments. ThumpUp

Ian.

Offline steventrain  
#93 Posted : 15 January 2012 09:27:41(UTC)
steventrain

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Location: Northern Ireland
Most UK dealers will discount on items for all UK Club members.

Local dealer few miles from my house take 15% off price on other makes hornby etc.

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Offline GlennM  
#94 Posted : 17 January 2012 18:41:22(UTC)
GlennM

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Joined: 09/05/2011(UTC)
Posts: 1,271
Location: Somewhere Near Manchester, England
Dear Forum,

I may have missed something here, and if I have then I apologise.

I have seen some reluctance to any future Marklin UK Club being run through this Forum, and indeed David Dewar suggests a Yahoo Group.

When the recent suggestion of a club was muted, I for one envisaged the club as being a 'real-life' social interface extension of this 'cyber-space' interface, rather than something that competes with the Forum. As a recent member to the Forum I have enjoyed the banter in the threads and the vast knowledge that some members have to share, and recently for four of us we have met at Ian's to chat face to face and to extend that online experience in the flesh. We post through Ian's page to keep everyone informed of what we are doing here in the UK, if you are not interested then don't read the threads.

Likewise, if we have a section or thread devoted to the club within the Forum, I fail to see why it would upset other Forum members like David because if you do not want to read about our news and antics you simply ignore the thread.

I for one do not want to split from the Forum, I do not want another website to go to (Yahoo or otherwise) as I see this counter-productive. I like the casual aspect of this Forum and cannot see any genuine reason why a thread cannot exist in here for the Club. This way all news information is still held in one place.

Whilst writing, I would also like to say my thoughts on the UK Club would be as follows;

1) I would not advocate any club layout or any club house (the intention is not to build the worlds biggest and best super club)
2) I would not advocate any annual membership. Can be open to anyone and everyone, visitors to the UK especially welcome
3) I would want the club to focus on the social side, meets, news, sharing information, arranging trips or seminars or the like (many good ideas have been voiced in this forum ). For example one meet could be at venue X, where part of the day is spent by Mr Y giving a hand's on tutorial on programming decoder chips, or changing them. Members could bring different locos and problems and people can see different ways to undertake conversions, or programming, see different (perhaps older and rarer) locos that have been converted, or reprogrammed. Then the remainder of the day can be spent running trains. Or like with the Greek club, they have different themes for each meet.
4) I would not propose any formal committee as such, but people could volunteer to get involved and organise things.
5) I am sure we would attract over time people who are Marklin fans but whom are not interested in the Forum.
6) It has been suggested that the Club should be open to all Railroad Modelers, and in principle as I have said it should be open to everyone but the main idea behind it should be the discussion and enjoyment of all things Marklin. I do not want the prospective Marklin Club UK to end up visiting and talking all things Hornby.
7) Club policy should be to do all it can to promote the hobby with younger generations.


I like the Greek club model, they seem to have been meeting since 2006, they have a thread in here, and instead of endless debating they simply get on with it.

Thanks

Glenn
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Offline Ian555  
#95 Posted : 17 January 2012 18:52:56(UTC)
Ian555

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Location: Scotland
Hi Glenn,

Thanks, my thought's exactly.

Ian.

Offline hennabm  
#96 Posted : 17 January 2012 19:54:29(UTC)
hennabm

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Location: Edinburgh,
Hi Glenn

secondedBigGrin

OhMyGod It's starting to sound like a committeeLOL

Mike
1957 - 1985 era
What's digital?
Offline aos  
#97 Posted : 17 January 2012 21:34:41(UTC)
aos


Joined: 03/08/2008(UTC)
Posts: 383
Location: Livingston, Scotland
Hi, I am just back from a fabulous week's holiday in the Algarve (4th time there). Sadly, I was in Albuferia where I could not find a local Marklin dealer. I believe the nearest is in Porto, which is about six hours on the train. I have just voted "Yes" to the UK Marklin Club. Anything which may give us members purchasing power would be a good move. Alan
Offline Bigdaddynz  
#98 Posted : 17 January 2012 21:36:29(UTC)
Bigdaddynz

New Zealand   
Joined: 17/09/2006(UTC)
Posts: 13,361
Location: New Zealand
Good luck with setting up your Marklin club guys. Here in NZ, the Wellington Marklin Club (www.mmrc.org.nz) has been going for over 30 years. That shows that it is possible. Users.net forum member Clapcott is our President, so I'm sure if you need help or suggestions, he would only be too pleased to help. Likewise mvd71 is the President of the Auckland Marklin Club.

Our club is a formal organisation, under NZ law we are an Incorporated Society. We have a Constitution, we hold annual AGM's, members pay a membership fee, and we have formal meetings every month at the Club's clubrooms. The Club is run by an elected committee of members, elections for which are held yearly at the AGM.

It sounds like you don't want to be as formal in your structure as that, but I guess you can start off by having a committed core of members who will show up and do stuff for the club. Once you've got that, then you can look at growth opportunities from there.
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Offline David Dewar  
#99 Posted : 17 January 2012 22:03:19(UTC)
David Dewar


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Posts: 6,028
Location: Scotland
Hi Dave. Your club is indeed well run and similar to those here in Glasgow. I suppose all countries could have their own bit in the forum but that in my view defeats the purpose of an international forum. I am sure Spain and France and the USA could all have clubs here.
I did try a Marklin Club here a few years ago and we had 18 members but not enough to have premises etc which are essential for any model railway club as you have. They were too far apart to attend regular meetings.
To Have Peter as your president is great as the guy is a genius.
However the Marklin Glasgow lads (some two rail guys as well)will next meet at the Scottish model rail show in Glasgow which is quite good but mainly Hornby.
Anyday we will have the t shirts design and the copyright problems as discussed previously (help)

My problem with Clubs as a Banker is I end up Treasurer and at present have four on the go none of which are model rail but all sports clubs ... far to old these days so must give up.

David
Offline river6109  
#100 Posted : 18 January 2012 06:49:02(UTC)
river6109

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G'day UK Club members,

This is a medical approved reduced blood pressure one off design.BigGrin
It is designed to go north, south east and west.

regards.,

John

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