We have a number of members of the British Region who have special interests within our hobby. We have groups, some based around Yahoo, in Operations and HO Module Development, N scale and On30, etc who talk to each other to varying degrees, either through round robin e-mails, web-based discussion groups or just coming together occasionally. Some just have a common interest and could be formed into a SIG without too much effort.
We are looking to recognise formally all such groups under the heading of Special Interest Groups, to facilitate and encourage greater participation by Region Members.
A SIG for these purposes might be described as follows:
“SIGs (Special Interest Groups)
A SIG is an independent, not-for-profit, membership group organized to provide a forum for the exchange and collection of railroad prototype and/or model railroad information about specific topics. It differs from other NMRA groups as generally the SIG has no geographical boundary and as such is not associated with a particular Division of NMRA BR.
A SIG should have a coordinator (who is an NMRA member) who can provide an annual report to the BOD for the Directory and maintain up to date contact details and reports etc in Roundhouse and on the Region website. The Region Secretary will maintain an up to date list of SIGs.
The SIG does not need to be for NMRA members only but membership should be encouraged. It should be noted however that if any funding is sought from Region NMRA membership must satisfy the requirements for a “Recognised Group” (currently 80%). The same applies if participation in the Chilterns MRA discounted insurance arrangements is sought.”
There are for the moment the following SIGs (more will be added over time):
Operations – Contact: Peter Lloyd-Jones
Layout Design – Contact: Brian Woolven
HO Scale Modular Development – Contact: Martyn Read
N Scale Modular Development – Contact: Steve Quick
On30 and other 1/48th scale narrow gauges – Contact: John Levesley
Narrow Gauge (other than On30 etc) – Contact wanted?
Logging Railroads – Contact: Alan Sewell
If you would like to know more about any of the above SIGs and their subject areas please get in touch with the relevant contact and help make your special interest a success.
If you have any suggestions for other SIGs or wouldlike to apply to be a contact person then please contact the Region President, Charles Hendy firstname.lastname@example.org