Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The Society is often asked the same questions so the aim of this page is to gather them together for information for both members and non-members.

Can the Society Assist with the Disposal of a Layout?

When a member or relative passes away, the Society is often asked if it can assist in the disposal of a layout, models and/or books.

The Society Shop used to offer assistance in respect of the disposal of such items.  Unfortunately the continuing downward trend in the value of second-hand stock together with increasing costs involved in collecting and transporting it, means we have had to discontinue such activities.  Books and magazines are especially difficult to move, due to their weight and therefore potentially higher transport costs involved.

However, there are a number of very reputable model railway shops who will purchase and collect models such as Hattons and Rails of Sheffield, for whom a search on the internet will reveal contact details. Alternatively, railway modelling magazines, such as ‘Railway Modeller’, carry adverts by dealers who also buy second-hand stock.

Can I Pay my Membership by Direct Debit or Standing Order?

The Society would have to be registered as a direct debit collector, which would create an additional administrative overhead in respect of the relatively few people who would use direct debits. Similarly for Standing Orders, in the requirement to contact people to change their Standing Orders if we change the cost of membership. Neither payment method would work well for the three-year renewal option.

At the moment, for the size of the Society, it is felt that the existing payment methods (cheque, debit/credit card, PayPal) are sufficient.

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