In previous years the model of the year poll was jointly run between RMweb, Model Rail Magazine and the online MREmag.com. This year Model Rail Magazine have decided to run their own awards and so the established process and poll will now be promoted on RMweb, through British Railways Modelling Magazine and on the online MREmag.com as the British Model Railway Awards.
As well as giving you the chance to vote for your favourite models and manufacturers of the year as before, the categories have been broadened to celebrate excellence and innovation in the wider British model railway scene. New awards cover retailers, websites, exhibitions and layouts, acknowledging the huge contributions they make to our hobby.
The voting is now open, running from Saturday 26th December to Saturday 9th January and the results will be published at the end of January to tie in with the magazine sale dates.
There have of course been a number of Southern / Southern Region related models released during 2015 so I urge you to support the production of these models by choosing your best in the relevant category and voting accordingly. These Southern models are as follows:
- Graham Farish – Air Smoothed Merchant Navy Pacific 4-6-2
- Graham Farish – N Class 2-6-0
- Graham Farish – Bogie Van B
- Dapol – SR Maunsell Coaches
- Dapol – Van C
- Bachmann E4 class 0-6-2T
- Hornby 700 class 0-6-0
- Hornby S15 class 4-6-0
- Kernow Model Centre O2 class 0-4-4T
- 00 Works I3 class 4-4-2T
- Oxford Rail Adams Radial 0415 class 4-4-2T
- Dapol Class 73 Bo-Bo
- Bachmann PLV/PMV vans
- Dapol A1x ‘Terrier’ 0-6-0T
I am also very humbled to see that this little corner of the blogosphere of mine has been nominated within the website of the year category, so and this is a bit of a, well a big, shameless plug, please feel free to vote for it, if you have enjoyed my ramblings over the last twelve months.
Regular readers will also know that I am member of the High Wycoombe and District Model Railway Society and our annual Wycrail exhibition is one of those that has been nominated in the Exhibition of the year category, so again if you attended it, enjoyed it and think it deserves your vote…
Please make sure you vote counts to support the Southern / Southern Region models that have been produced by voting here before the 9th January.
Here endeth the shameless plug….