GLR Update June 2022
I cannot believe it 18 months since I wrote the last news item. Sadly the pandemic has dominated all our lives and the time has passed. Not an easy time and life is still full of challenges. However, as we are nearly half way through 2022, I am hopeful that we can enjoy meeting our customers both old and new during the summer season to come at the various model railway shows & exhibitions we will be attending. Our new design of magnetic couplings (first launched in the pandemic in May 2020) will be on demonstration and for all those customers making purchases or having loco work done by GLR we will include a complimentary packet of Magnem couplings for you to try. In addition to our in house designs we are also able to offer bespoke signals for those who need them. Just discuss it with the team.
Our work venue...Slight changes for now...In May 2022 we made the difficult decision to relocate our business to home working. Our commercial workshop lease was due for renewal and with a 30% increase in rent/costs we had to look for other accommodation. So we are now back in the garden! This is a temporary measure as a new business premise is on the horizon. Watch this space as they say!
However, the fact we have moved will not stop us offering the same services as before and business continues as usual. We are here for all your model railway needs.
The only difference, (not dissimilar to the covid restrictions!) is we ask you to ring to book an appointment if visiting our temporary address. We are located at our home in Gileston. Directions will be given when you call. Or continue to post items as before.
So as we go forward in 2022, we hope model railways will continue to thrive and GLR will be able to support you in whatever way you need to enjoy the fun of this great hobby.
GLR update November
News since June 2020
Firstly, we would like to thank all our loyal customers for supporting our business, especially during the last few months. We are working very hard to make GLR a success and during these challenging times we are grateful to all our customers, past and present.
Since June we have been very busy constructing layouts, working on locomotives and designing new products. We are very proud to continue improving and expanding our latest GLR product, Magnetic couplings. The feedback has been brilliant. We are particularly grateful to the Youtube reviewers, the coverage in Railway Modeller and the individual customers who have tested some of the products and who have come back with very useful and constructive feedback. As with all things new, there have been a few teething problems and again thank you for your patience. We aim to please and do not wish any customer to receive a product that is not up to the mark. So always contact us if you have any issues at all.
Due to covid-19 restrictions we sometimes find our turnaround time increases but we will endeavour to get rid of the backlog asap. Thank you for your patience.
In fact this brings me to the staff changes; Due to increased workload, in September we were pleased to welcome Alex Bingley to the team. You may recognise Alex as he was a member of the ‘Who’s counting rivets’ team in the British Railway model challenge 2019 (held on channel 5). (see more on profile page). He brings great enthusiasm to the business and a wealth of knowledge on 3 d printed engines; More to follow.
Despite the local and more recently national lockdowns and the difficulties we are all facing, model railways remain a main stay for those who now have more time to indulge the hobby. Enjoy and please feel free to contact us for any advice and support. We need to have fun, even more so then ever! Stay safe: keep calm and carry on modelling.
|May - June - A busy time!|
What have we been up to this last month and going into the next? Actually quite a lot. Now that we have settled into remote working and started to catch up on all our projects we have been able to release a few things that have been in the pipeline since last Year. The first is the 009 Locos made with Bingley Works, these are available to order now with many options. Along with Bingley works we have also been putting together RTR 7mm Narrow Gauge locos which are about to be launched with all the Bells and Whistles.
Our final new range is that of MagNEM and MagLINK couplings for N, 00, 009, O and 7mm Narrow. See them HERE. So far we have been a bit overwhelmed with orders but have finally caught up and now have a good stock ready to post out. Also we have begun to build up a retailer network so if you are a retailer and are interested in stocking them please do get in touch using email@example.com.
We have also started stocking Airfix and Revel Models under the Model Kits section along with a wide range of tools, glues and soon paints. All members of the RAF Air Cadets are able to get some great discounts on these and can contact direct or go via their OC to get a promo code. (I am involved in helping at a local RAFAC squadron and aeromodelling is a great activity people an do without having to met up).
That is about it for now, except to say we are operating a click and collect service to allow limited visits to the shop, check out the Services and How to page for more info
Take care everyone and Stay Safe
|April 2020 - What's going on this month?|
As we all know the current situation around the world means we are living in rather difficult times. Times I am sure we can all get through if we follow the advice and instructions given. Saying that, what a perfect opportunity to move closer to getting things near done on a layout. We at GLR have obviously had to social distance with several of us working from home and 2 of us still working in the workshop on current projects and dispatching mail and web orders. Those that cannot work remote are working on their own layouts, and us in the workshop have been cracking on with some long term projects. Look out for a reveal video of the biggest layout we have ever worked on. At least, that is, part of it!
Luckily we are well placed from a staff and financial point of view to get through the current situation and look forward to welcoming you back to the shop and workshop with an open day and some other surprises. Before then keep checking back here for video updates, daily deals and more.
In some other good news we have now taken on another staff member to help with the remote running of our web and back office systems and hope to be dealing with some new suppliers soon as well. I won't say which ones, yet!
If you need to get in contact with us email is the best way as we are not in the workshop as much as usual. We are still still carrying out all our custom services, such as DCC fitting, Sound, weathering, repairs etc. Please allow more time for these as we are only accepting items posted to us and we will be posting them back.
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact phone: 01446 789084 - leave a message if no answer and we will pick it up
Postal Address: GLR, unit 4 Priority Workshops, Barry, CF632BG
Latest Youtube Video HERE
One last thing, if you do contact me direct and I do not reply, do leave a message. I am part of the RAF Reserves and we are being utilised during this crises so I may be away for a few days here and there.
Stay safe everyone
|Latest News December and Christmas Competition|
To enter the Christmas Competition to win a Class 153 DMU in Central Trains Livery answer the following question:
What is the fastest recorded steam locomotive called?
1. Flying Scotsman
Send your answer to email@example.com with the email subject as Christmas Competition
If there are more than one correct answers the name will be selected at random from a hat. Competition will be drawn on 1st January 2020!
|Latest News 28.07.18|
|Check out the video over on my Youtube channel with the latest goings on at GLR with a special look at some of the Sound chips currently available|
|Latest News 06.07.18|
|So what has been happening at GLR in the last few months? Have a look below to see:
Exhibitions at Ludlow Race Course and Llanciaich Fawr Manor
Customer Layout Delivery
A Start on our own O Gauge Layout
We were invited with the newly extended Hafod Parkway to Ludlow Racecourse for its first outing as a 20ft layout. It performed well but we definitely needed more operators!!!
Its next outing is in October for the Swansea Model Railway Show
Llanciaich Fawr Manor
This show we took our demo O gauge line called The Merioneth and Llantisilly Rail Traction Company Limited along with the trade stand where it was very well received. The show went very well and we are taking the layout and stand out again 13-15 July for the Barry and Penarth MRC 40th anniversary show
Customer Layout Delivery
A long standing customer recently had his layout extended and it was delivered in 3 pieces to his house in England. A double track N gauge mainline which we originally overhauled and converted to digital, it now has a country extension with 2 new stations, loops, a lock and grand viaduct. A few more tweaks to make now it is in place, then on to his other layout!
Our own O Gauge Exhibition Layout
Recently a friend of mine gave me the start of an O gauge layout under the proviso I would pick it up (luckily I have the van!). Its 20ft long and depicts a single line country station with round round loop, bay, sidings and shed area. All track hand built! The only thing it needed was a fiddle yard and I happen to have a spare board lying around.
|Latest News 15.04.18|
|Wow, a month since the last update!
So what is new:
Gileston Light Railway
Hafod Parkway Build
Gileston Light Railway
So with a bit of recent nice weather I spent some time outside clearing the line and even managed to steam up Sweet Pea! Following the recent garage conversion there has been a lot of wood off cuts around which have all been loaded to the open wagon and stored in the stock storage area. Also the line and station have had a good sweep, the platform had some rotten wood replaced and some weeds removed. A plan has been devised to lift the track in the platform area and re lay it with a smoother layout.
3 layouts in the last 3 weeks! 2 now with their new owners and one currently being worked on, see pictures ---->
Finally got the new board out and being worked on. Not many weeks to the next show!
Final news is that the workshop has finished its major refurb and is looking pretty tidy! See news vid for more
|Latest News 11.03.18|
|So another few weeks have passed and there are a lot of new things going on!
In this update:
Class 153 in GWR
Finally all the paints, transfers and sound chips have arrived!
I expect to start the reprays in the next week and they will soon be winging their ways to all of you who pre ordered one!
With the success of the Ambulances, Fire Engines, Police and Utility Vehicles it is time to do more! Already added to the range are:
So watch this space! Don't forget I can also retrofit any current models you have too!
We are booked in to attend the following shows so far this year:
Ludlow Race Course with Hafod Parkway and trade stand with new extension on 5th May
Llancaiach Fawr with O Gauge demo line and trade stand on 12th May
Swansea Model Show with Hafod Parkway and trade Stand on 6-7 October
In the next few days I will put a video up showcasing the current projects
|Latest News 18.02.18|
|Another busy month with many layouts built, worked on and planned to be built!
Check out the weekly update on youtube or see it opposite ----->>
Due to the popularity of the TTS Sound Decoders (and the price!!) I am now able to supply these for fitting in locomotives as well as the Youchoos Decoders.
My take on the 2 types is this, if you are looking for a lot of sound locomotives at a low price and are not to worried about advanced driving features, chuff sync (steam engines) and a few other minor things then go for the TTS Sound. If you want more features such as braking, multiple active sounds, specific to loco sounds, wheel sync, stay alive and so on go for the You choos Sounds (My prefered Sound!!!)
Chip and Fitting from £50
Upgraded (and vastly superior speaker) from + £7
Chip and fitting from £125 (includes stay alive in 8 and 21 pin chips)
|Its been a while since the last update so here goes!
O Gauge Layout
Over Christmas we completed the O gauge demo layout we have been working on for a while and it saw its first outing at the Lord and Butler Small Model Railway Show in Cardiff. We powered it with the Bachmann Dynamis and Rail controller so it would operate by itself while we spoke to people. It was very well received especially the smoke and working signals.
See it at the Show HERE and a quick run HERE in the workshop
In other news there have been more vehicles added to the flashing vehicle range, including HGVs with hazard lights, Ford Anglia Panda car with flashing roof light and Emergency Paramedic Car with flashing roof lights. See here for more.
N Gauge Sound
Recently been fitting a lot more N Gauge Locos with sound and have started collecting them now too! Here is Cranmore Hall with added sound (see opposite), this one is also for sale, £225 brand new ready to go. See HERE to buy it.
N Gauge American Project
One of our most recent projects is a large American N Gauge layout. I will be taking pictures over its construction and posting on here so you can see its progress. For now here is the track plan to see. It will be completely digital with a central control panel and have some interesting running lines.
Here we have a new layout, with a brand new loft conversion what better than to fill it with a line! Recently we installed this and as you can see before it was fully in trains appeared! Its a great size, 12ft x 12ft x 12ft as it is a horse shoe shape. We have already been asked to extend it and in the new year dumbells will be added either end to allow for return loops
On the right is a longterm project from my first customer, the current phase sees the completion of an extended upper platform giving storage for full length HSTs and the like
Dont forget to enter the Christmas competition to win a GLR wagon in N, OO or O Gauge. All you have to do is like and share the post on the facebook page HERE or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with Name and Gauge. Draw to take place on the 24th December.
|Projects galore! 28.11.17
So its been a while since the last update, this is due to me being away for 2 weeks, now I am back and hard at it. There are many projects on the go and new ones to be started.
One of the larger long term projects is a cracking HO gauge layout. it fills a loft and must be nearly 30ft long by 15 wide. The latest addition has been a custom control panel for the customer to control their soon to be hidden fiddle yard. It features route selection by pressing a single button on any of the loop lines. This sets all points correctly and lights up when complete (see video). Also there are red LEDs at the ends of each loop. These light when a loco approaches the end so you know to stop it and it is in the loop. Finally it has a set of warning lights that flash to let you know when a train is crossing the point work. All of this is digital and powered by a Signatrak Tower Master.
Also on the go:
My first ever customers layout has being extended with a 4 track, 2 platform station, which is also raised over a Scalextric!
New Layout Build before Christmas, pictures to follow, but it will be a nice 6x4 layout just in time for Christmas!
Lots of Loco Chipping, notably a cracking O Gauge Warship, video to follow tomorrow along with much more!
Our Trade Stand nearly setup And Hafod Parkway ready to run!
|Last weekend we attended the Swansea Model Railway Show at Swansea Leisure Centre, taking with us a trade stand to show off our work and our exhibition layout Hafod Parkway.
A very tiring but fantastic time, lots of favourable comments on the layout and many enquiries for our services to!
The layout has received several invites to further shows next year, we will be appearing at the Cardiff Small Model Railway Show in January with our O gauge demo line.....
|Project News 14th August 2017|
|Open Day 26 August 2017
The recent open day was a great success, so much so I didn't have much time to take photos, I did manage to get a video of me travelling up the line late in the afternoon.
A fab time with everyone helping out, especially my Mum, baking many cakes and supplying everyone with copious amounts of Tea and Coffee!
Lance was busy all day showing people round the workshop, dioramas, layout and the G Gauge kindly brought by Howard
|A real treat here is this 1960s Hornby 00 Gauge Stephensons Rocket. A fantastic model and one I was pleased to have as a challenge to enhance with sound, coal and a crew.
Also to improve the running quality I have added pickups to the tender wheels so it now has 8 wheel pickup. here is a short video of it running.
Latest News from GLR on our projects and other events. In this video:
A look around the workshop
O Gauge locos in for fitting with sound
Oxford Rail Dean Goods with sound and smoke
The Dean Goods is now available to buy direct from Lord and Butler Model Railways in Cardiff.
Give Peter a Call on 02920 667225 or email email@example.com for more details
Dean Goods with sound and smoke fitted £229.95!!