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Re: RAILWAY OBSERVER CHANNEL

Post by roeditor » Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:29 am

The November edition of the RO is now on-line. The printed version will be despatched in approx 10 days so should be with members around 8th/ 9th November.

Please note ALL RCTS members have unrestricted access to the digital version of the RO provided they have registered as MEMBERS via the website.

Regards

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Re: RAILWAY OBSERVER CHANNEL

Post by roeditor » Thu Nov 21, 2019 2:28 pm

The December edition of the RO is now on-line. The printed version will be despatched in approx 10 days so should be with members around 3rd/4th December

As notified last month, provided they are registered as MEMBERS on the RCTS website ALL members of the RCTS have automatic unrestricted access to the digital version of the current RO, as well as the digital archive which holds copies of all RO's published since 2013,
This ensures that even when we are not experiencing postal delivery difficulties - which are unpredictable - you can access the most recent digital RO a minimum of two weeks before the printed version arrives on your doorstep.

Finally, having now been Managing Editor for some eight and half years and on behalf of the two dozen or so other members of the Editorial Team, can I thank the many members who take the trouble to contact us with generally appreciative comments about the RO, as well as all of you who take the trouble to regale us with the observations, reports, articles and images which irrespective of what we the Editorial Team are able to achieve, remain the essential lifeblood of the RO.

Best wishes to each of you for Christmas and the New Year.


Regards

Mike Robinson

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Re: RAILWAY OBSERVER CHANNEL

Post by roeditor » Mon Dec 09, 2019 2:04 pm

Early Christmas Present from the RO Team . -

The January 2020 edition of the RO is now on-line. I hope that the printed RO will be despatched in approx 10 days so should be with you before Christmas - subject of course to postal effectiveness.

Just to re-iterate that, provided they are registered as MEMBERS on the RCTS website ALL members of the RCTS have automatic unrestricted access to the digital version of the current RO, as well as the digital archive which holds copies of all RO's published since 2013,
This ensures that even when we are not experiencing postal delivery difficulties - which are unpredictable - you can access the most recent digital RO a minimum of two weeks before the printed version arrives on your doorstep.

Finally, having now been Managing Editor for some eight and half years and on behalf of the two dozen or so other members of the Editorial Team, can I thank the many members who take the trouble to contact us with generally appreciative comments about the RO, as well as all of you who take the trouble to regale us with the observations, reports, articles and images which irrespective of what we the Editorial Team are able to achieve, remain the essential lifeblood of the RO.

Best wishes to each of you for Christmas and the New Year.


Regards

Mike Robinson

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Re: RAILWAY OBSERVER CHANNEL

Post by roeditor » Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:30 pm

The February edition of the RO is now on-line. The printed version should be despatched late next week so should be with members by the start of February.
Please note ALL RCTS members have unrestricted access to the digital version of the RO provided they have registered as MEMBERS via the website.

Regards

Mike Robinson

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Re: RAILWAY OBSERVER CHANNEL

Post by roeditor » Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:01 am

The March edition of the RO is now on-line. The printed version should arrive over the next week.

Please note ALL RCTS members have unrestricted access to the digital version of the RO provided they have registered as MEMBERS via the website.

Regards

Mike Robinson

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Re: RAILWAY OBSERVER CHANNEL

Post by roeditor » Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:15 pm

The Index for the 2019 RO is now on-line. Just go to the Archive drop down on the top right tab on the initial Pagesuite screen , which at this time will be the March RO and you will find it shown as one of three items in the March list..


Please note ALL RCTS members have unrestricted access to the digital version of the RO provided they have registered as MEMBERS via the website.

Regards

Mike Robinson

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Re: RAILWAY OBSERVER CHANNEL

Post by roeditor » Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:35 pm

The April edition of the RO is now on-line. The printed version should arrive in approx 2 weeks time.

Please see the note on page 283 stressing the likely need for more items / images of a more general historic nature as a means of offsetting a probable reduction in reports / images of current rail operations during the current period of national emergency.

ALL RCTS members have unrestricted access to the digital version of the RO provided they have registered as MEMBERS via the website.

Regards

Mike Robinson

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Re: RAILWAY OBSERVER CHANNEL

Post by roeditor » Tue Apr 28, 2020 1:12 pm

The May edition of the RO is now on-line.

However because our printers are currently closed to the Covid 19 crisis the print edition will not be produced until stable normal working is resumed.


As of today it is not possible to predict when this will occur but our working assumption is that print circulation of the RO is unlikely before the JULY issue of the RO at the earliest.

However all print subscribers will eventually receive copies of all 'delayed' editions as soon as both the RO Editorial team and our printers are able to resume a normal pattern of operations.

Meantime, so long as the crisis lasts I re-iterate our need for more items / images of a more general historic nature. Even after the general lockdown ends the UK's railways will be facing their greatest operational and existential crisis in their 200 year history - Beeching not withstanding.
Whilst we are determined to report developments on the changes to come it is likely that the reports we receive maybe very different in both scale and content to those we are used to and to supplement this we rely on your help to continue feeding us with interesting images articles and news items that you feel your fellow members will be interested in.


If you have not already spread the word to your fellow members :-

ALL RCTS members - irrespective of subscription type - do have unrestricted access to the digital version of the RO provided they have registered as MEMBERS via the website.


Regards


Mike Robinson -- RO Managing Editor

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Re: RAILWAY OBSERVER CHANNEL

Post by roeditor » Mon May 25, 2020 1:31 pm

The June edition of the RO is now on-line as a PDF on the Society website.

However we are having a temporary problem with E-mag access via Pagesuite and you may find you are getting a 'Publication not currently available' message when you try to access it.

Hopefully this will be cured after the Bank Holiday in the next couple of days so.check in on say Wednesday and hopefully you should find it.

Our printers remain in lockdown and the print edition will not be produced and circulated until stable normal working is resumed although It remains impossible to predict when this situation will end. It now seems likely that the JULY issue will also initially be available only as a digital edition. However all print subscribers will eventually receive copies of all 'delayed' editions as soon as both the RO Editorial team and our printers are able to resume a normal pattern of operations.

Thanks to those of you who have thus far responded to our plea for additional photo-based articles and features - as you will see in the June edition we have received some interesting stuff and now have a reasonable file of material for the next month or so. However please keep up the good work as we have no idea how long the current situation will last and we do need a wide range of material to keep you both entertained and informed.

The Editorial Team has been at full stretch with an 'unprecedented ', as we now say, level of effort needed to produce the June edition no less than 74 images this month, and we need your help to ease what we expect to be a continuing situation. Therefore two points to bear in mind :-

- all submissions of material including both text and images should be forwarded to the Managing Editor as a single package, with text ideally attached as word documents and any images attached as seperate Jpegs - not please simply dropped into the Word document.

- whilst we recognise that many images will be of considerable vintage and pre-digital, please adhere to our published photo guidelines for submitting them for possible use. Definition needs to be sharp, composition well framed and scanning of a reasonable standard. Whilst we are happy to consider hard copy submissions of photo prints and slides, these again need to be of high standard and accompanied, like all unsolicited hard copy material with an SAE if return is required.

Remember ALL RCTS members - irrespective of subscription type - do have unrestricted access to the digital versions of the RO provided they are registered as MEMBERS via the website.

I trust you are all keeping well and fulfilling your time usefully with the armchair hobby despite the inability to use /or access the railway.

Regards

Mike Robinson -- RO Managing Editor

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Re: RAILWAY OBSERVER CHANNEL

Post by roeditor » Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:20 pm

The July edition of the RO is now on-line as a PDF on the Society website.

Our printers have now re-opened with a limited workforce and we are currently progressing printing of both the delayed May and June issues of the RO. We have also now forwarded the July issue for printing but have yet to sign off final production with Amadeus which will hopefully occur early next week.

Once the July issue is printed, all three issues will be despatched to members as a single mailing - ie three issues in one envelope - and we are hopeful this will occur no later than mid-July.

As many members do not regularly access the website or this forum, it would be helpful if you could perhaps convey this message to any other RCTS members you know who may be unaware of developments.

As you will appreciate when you see the delayed issues, each is considerably different and distinctly more varied in content than you have been used to expect.

Thanks to all of you who responded to our calls for additional material by providing the much more varied range of features and images that you will see. I am anxiously looking forward to your comments on the shape the RO has taken during this period which could be most helpful in helping determine how to move the RO forward into the future.

A personal big thank you also to our imaging team of David Kelso and John Cowlishaw who have worked miracles with a vastly different range of source images from much older hard copy sources including prints, negs and transparencies. A brilliant job and I urge you all to read the article in the July issue on the optimisation of one particular image.

I am hopeful that as we move towards the August RO production cycle, we will at least be returning to something like a normal publishing cycle but any change to this expectation will be highlighted if necessary via website and this Forum.

However, to those of you who still have tales to tell or images to display, please keep up the good work by continuing sending us such material as we have no idea how long the 'emergency' situation on the rail network will last, and with it the reduction in the scale of current news, images etc
that we receive. Historical articles and images are always of interest and if not immediately used, will go into our now growing archive of material for possible future publication, so keep up the good work.

Lets hope we are again all able to get out and about with notebook, Canon, Panasonic or Samsung in the near future, but meanwhile keep well and good hunting.

Regards

Mike Robinson --
Managing Editor - The Railway Observer

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