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18-Apr-2021 – Order status

Recent order status (excluding ModelMasters orders): For the details see Status of recent shop orders

18 Apr14 orders in hand
16 Apr10 orders posted
12 Apr16 orders posted
06 Apr17 orders posted
01 Apr23 orders posted
29 Mar24 orders posted
For the details of NGS shop orders processed in the last two weeks, see Status of recent shop orders

27-Mar-2021 – Notice for kit 58 War-flat owners

Members who have previously bought kit 58 (NGSK0580) Modern Warflat can now obtain decals omitted from the original transfer sheet. Please see the Shop News page for more details.

16 Mar 2021 – Decals back in stock

For kit 68Tiger/Limpet and for kit 14 LNER/BR 8-plank Mineral Wagon

08 Mar 2021 – Back in stock:

NGSK0700 Kit 70 BR Standard Van twin pack and NGSB0001 Fabricated Y25 Bogies are back in stock

01 Mar 2021 – Kits 14, 23 and 29 open wagons back in stock

Please see the Shop News page for more details.

24 Feb 2021 – New transfers in stock and return of kit 9a Polybulk Grainflow

Please see the Shop News page for more details.

17 Feb 2021 – NGSK0280 Kit 28 RMC JGA Hopper wagon kits back in stock.

15 Feb 2021 – Shop orders dispatch back to normal

12 Feb 2021 – Shop orders dispatch still delayed – for some.

Please see the Shop News page for more details.

09 Feb 2021 – Shop orders dispatch suspended due to bad weather

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04 Feb 2021 – NGSB0400 Bearing Reamers now available.

For full details see the NGS Shop News Page

Hunslet Update from Ben Ando and Bob Symmons

It’s now mid-February and Members will be aware there were significant quality control issues with the wheels on the forthcoming Hunslet locomotives; so much so that the factory decided to reject the entire initial batch and source a new production after speaking with the designers. This new production has brass wheels, rather than diecast, which gives us the required tolerances and the addition of more weight in the chassis. The production of these wheelsets was completed before Chinese New Year when all the factories in China close down for two weeks, and work resumed immediately afterwards.

So once the production of the Hunslets is complete we will have another hurdle to negotiate. We are aware of long shipping backlogs for containerised freight to the UK – this is a combination of reduced working due to Covid and delays caused by increased paperwork post-Brexit (although our consignment is not coming from the EU, widely-documented difficulties with other freight is having a knock-on effect at seaports such as Felixstowe) and even though our intention still remains to air freight the shipments to the UK, these difficulties above are causing a knock-on effect.

Consequently, at this time, we are unable to give a firm date for the arrival of the models, though we will, of course, update members as soon as possible. 

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E-journal recipients are advised, in the relevant journal links email, when their membership renewal is imminent.

If your renewal is due, a renewal form is printed on the reverse of the address slip. Alternatively, you can renew your membership online at www.ngsjoin.com.

Hunslet Update – One more bump in the road (DECEMBER)

12th December. This is the text of an update which will appear in Newsletter 1/21:

“As we write this in mid December we are still awaiting the first shipment of Production Hunslets to be released from the Factory. You may recall the last update posted on the website, and in the Journal 6/20 Newsletter, highlighted the assembly difficulties the Factory were having, especially with the wheel sets. Unfortunately this continues to be a problem which is made worse by COVID restrictions and loss of skilled staff to larger companies due to the Pandemic. Whilst our Factory is not the only one affected, it continues to be frustrating for us all.

“Our latest communication with the Factory has got into the details of the problems on assembly of the Hunslets and our Designer is now working with the Engineers at the Factory to address the wheel set issues and is hopeful of a speedy resolution to the consistent problems they are having, so that the assembly process will be improved to ensure that more models off of the production line meet the Quality Control requirements we have. Whilst this does mean some positive news on the production side, it does not get us closer to the first shipment date at the moment. Rest assured we will work closely with the Factory to bring the Hunslets to our shores as soon as possible but for now all we can ask of you is your continued patience.”

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11th December. Further to the text below, and the item on page 6 of the latest (6/20) Newsletter, we regret that we are still waiting for positive news about delivery and that, therefore, there seems to be no chance of pre-order despatches commencing before the New Year at the earliest.

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(First posted 21-Sep-2020)

We had been expecting delivery of the Hunslets very soon but the latest communication we’ve received from the Factory has unfortunately changed this. Two things have conspired to cause this final delay, the first is that the assembly of the production Hunslets is proving to be more challenging than the Factory first thought due to the additional Quality Control processes required, to ensure the previously advised wheel set issues are resolved, and also the complexity of the models themselves. Second is that COVID restrictions and associated resourcing issues from the Pandemic are slowing up the production cycle. (This last point is also affecting deliveries of other models from other manufacturers.)

So with this development, the Factory have committed to a new schedule that means the Hunslets will now be shipped in 3 batches (with specific liveries in each batch) starting with the first scheduled for late October (NB latest info seems to indicate a further delay). Each batch will be airfreighted to the UK so should arrive relatively quickly after despatch from the Factory. As you will recall our intention had been to get one batch delivered from the Factory and ALL pre-orders shipped out by our volunteers as soon as possible before any models would be made available for sale to the membership. This process has to change now due to the 3 batches being delivered with different liveries in each. (We did ask for all pre-orders to be sent first but this was not possible due the detail differences on each model that are required to setup the production lines and effectively lengthening the time to produce). 

The Revised Process.

1.  Members who have pre-ordered one model only: balance requests for the full value of your order (inc p&p) will be sent out after we have confirmation that the batch containing your required livery is on its way/has arrived.  Your model will be despatched to you as soon as possible after receipt of your payment.

2. Members who have pre-ordered two models: balance requests for the full value of your order (inc p&p) will be sent out after we have confirmation that the batch containing either or both of your required liveries is on its way/has arrived.  If in fact your models arrive in separate deliveries, your first model will be despatched as soon as possible after receipt of your payment, and your second model a.s.a.p. thereafter, at no extra charge.

3. Members who have ordered three or more models: balance requests for the full value of your order (inc. p&p) will be sent out after we have confirmation that the batch containing the first of your required liveries is on its way/has arrived.  If, as is likely, your models arrive in separate deliveries, the first item(s) received will be despatched as soon as possible after receipt of your payment, and the balance of your order as soon as the final liveried model is received thereafter, at no extra charge.  If you decide at any stage that you would like the balance of your order in a second and a third package, an extra £4 p&p will be requested, to help to offset additional costs incurred.

The above process will ensure that pre-orders will be despatched, either in whole or in part, as soon as reasonably possible after each shipment arrives. The liveries from each shipment will then go on General sale to all members once the pre-orders relating to that shipment have been dealt with. This is the best way we could find to ensure that those members who have pre-ordered more than one model at least get something to be going on with, if not everything that they have pre-ordered, as soon as possible, rather than waiting for everything to arrive.

Overall whilst disappointed with this final bump in the road, our end goal remains unchanged – to deliver the best possible model to our members with game changing features, excellent performance and all at a very, very competitive price.

Kind Regards,

Bob Symmons
NGS Treasurer

(Sept. 21st)

(Any further queries regarding pre-orders, which are not answered in the above text, should be directed to the Membership Secretary, who is overseeing the pre-order distribution process. To the best of our knowledge at the moment, the first delivery will include the three NCB liveries, the British Steel livery and the ‘Big John’ livery. When we know which liveries will be included in the later deliveries, we will post the information on this website).

N Gauge Website

The N Gauge Website is undergoing maintenance over the next few weeks. This involves changing the web address away from “newweb” which was always meant to be a temporary expedient. A major update on the software that runs the website will also take place although this may not be obvious to the user. Some links may not work properly during this period. As ever, we are reliant on volunteers for this work who only have limited time available.  We apologise for any inconvenience and hope you will understand the need for maintenance of the site.

Philip Griffin, Chairman

NGS approves Ferry van CAD- two versions to be offered.

The N Gauge Society’s next RTR model – the popular BR Ferryvan – has reached another milestone with the final approval of the CAD drawings.  The model is now ready to go to tooling, and this will proceed once the Treasurer gives authorisation.

Additional detailing – including the truss cross braces and vacuum pipe – has been added to the underside.
Keen-eyed members will also spot that there are variations in the ends; the first batch of wagons built-in 1962 had narrow uprights at each end, but the second and third batches (built from 1964) had reinforcements added from the upper horizontal rib to the buffer beam.  The earlier wagons were subsequently given the same modification and photographic evidence suggests the entire fleet had been modified by 1970.
These are visually quite obvious, so the NGS model is being tooled to ensure both can be depicted.  Final livery selections are yet to be made, but potential options include the original version with “British Railways Ferry Van” lettering, subsequent “Through to the Continent with British Railways” branding and other versions with the BR double arrow and in departmental use.

The NGS Privacy Notice (GDPR)

The following link is to the NGS Privacy Notice – a requirement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It provides information about the personal data we hold on members, why we have it, what we use it for and what the rights of members are in relation to the personal data we hold.

Privacy Notice (Formal)

An informal Q&A style document is provided here: Privacy Notice Q & A as additional guidance to members.