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NGS Receives the Gwyn Humphries Award for the Hunslet 0-6-0DH Shunter

The N Gauge Society has won the Gwyn Humphries Inovation award for 2018.

The award has been presented in recognition of the Society producing its first powered model.

Previous winners of this award include Romiley Methodist Railway Modellers, Dave Jones, Locomotion Models, MERG and RevolutioN Trains.

Thank you to everyone involved in designing and producing the model, and all the members who have placed orders.

Scott

 

Receiving the award at Warley 2018 from Pete Waterman, on behalf of the NGS, are Ben Ando (NGS Vice President) and Colin Albright (Model Designer)

Hunslet 0-6-0DH Painted Samples

The society has recently received painted samples of the new Hunslet DH shunter, and some images of these are presented here for your perusal.

If you have yet to place an order, then as a reminder, the cut-off date for pre-ordering is 31 December 2018. After that date it will not be possible to purchase the model until after production is complete and the pre-ordered models have been despatched.

Scott

 

Hunslet Shunter

Some news on the NGS Exclusive Hunslet 0-6-0 Diesel Hydraulic Shunter. The Society has now received engineering prototypes of some of the models being offered, and they are presented here for your perusal/consideration/salivation*

Image 1 shows a line-up, from left to right, examples of British Steel, BP and Esso.

Image 2 shows the NCB Green liveried model. Note the spherical exhaust and looped handrail.

Image 3 shows the Esso example.

You will note that variation in detail between some of these, reflecting different equipment boxes, handrails, etc.

For those attending the NGS agm in July, these EPs will be on display there.

For those wishing to pre-order one or more of these fantastic little machines, you can do so online at the NGS Shop, here:

http://www.ngsjoin.com/hunslet-industrial-shunter-pre-order…

Best

Scott

GDPR

Don’t read this, it’s private!

Having, hopefully, caught your attention, I just want to give the membership an update on where the society stands on the new data protection laws about to come into force.

The NGS will of course be complying with the new law, known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR for short). In brief there is no change in the data the society will hold of the members, or the ways in which it is used. There is no requirement for the members to take any action and the society is not required to seek any additional permissions from the members.

There is however a fair bit of work for the society management in that several documents are required to be produced and made available to those whose data is held, i.e. the members. These documents are required to demonstrate that the society is complying with the GDPR. The society is compelled to state what type of data is held, why it is held, how it is used and what the members’ rights are in respect of data held. Some of the documents will be dry, technical descriptions but I will follow up with briefing notes that describe what they are about in a more easily read version.

The society will have to register with the Information Commissioner’s Office (which we didn’t have to previously) but as both a “small organisation” (as defined by the GDPR) and a not-for profit organisation, the society is exempt from some of the requirements and from paying the fee. The society has to show that it has a ”lawful basis for processing” the members’ data and has undertaken a “legitimate interest assessment” to test that the society’s use of members’ data is in the members’ interest. (Sorry for the quote marks here but these are the legal terms used in the GDPR).

In the meantime, members can be reassured that the only personal information held on individual members is name, address and (where they have been provided) phone number and email address. In effect, if a member doesn’t provide the society with, or allow to hold, their name and address, then the society can not supply the products and services the member joined the society for and so opts out of being a member.

Although not covered by the definition of ‘personal data’. records of purchases made by members are retained, whether these are membership purchases or product purchases. The society does not however retain information about payment transactions such as credit card details.

The society does not give or sell the members’ data to third parties for marketing use. However, some data is sent to third parties for the purpose of providing society services – e.g. names and addresses go to the printers to make sure that the Journals get posted out.

If you have any questions or concerns about the new law, or about the way in which the society handles members’ data then please contact me.

Adrian Cotterill, NGS Shop Manager.