It is polling time of year again!
The 2013 Seventh Annual Model Railways On-Line Wishlist Poll is now live
and open for voting - place your votes to let the manufacturers know
what models you would like to see manufactured.
The poll will close at midnight GMT on 28 February 2013.
To access the poll: http://www.wishlistpoll.co.uk
In case of any confusion may we clarify that our poll is completely
independent of the MREMag/RMWeb Wishlist Poll.
Last year a number of people indicated their intention not to vote in
our poll but to wait for the RMWeb poll. However, the two polls have
completely different objectives. Last year the organisers of the RMWeb
poll were seeking to identify suitable model subjects that would justify
the development by the manufacturers of new tooling. Alternatively the
purpose of the MROL poll is two-fold: Firstly to give modellers the
opportunity to tell the manufacturers what models they would like to see
in the shops and secondly to help the manufacturers find business
opportunities whether by producing new tooling, upgrading existing
models or just providing more of existing models currently out of stock.
If railway modellers wish to acquire a model, be it new or existing,
which is currently not available in the shops then the MROL poll gives
them the opportunity to vote for it.
There is a place for both polls in the hobby and I would ask readers to
This year the MROL poll is using completely new software into which we
have incorporated a number of changes:
- The poll is now separated into multiple pages instead of one big one,
making selection easier and faster due to smaller page loads
- A new introduction/instructions page has been included
- For those who wish to take time to make their selection a facility to
save choices and to return later has been added
- An additional question to enable voters to indicate their country of
residence has been added. Manufacturers' sales figures are being
distorted by online ordering through UK retailers from overseas. We
seek to provide them with better information about the distribution of
their markets worldwide
- Voters may now indicate multiple interests. This question is no
longer restricted to primary and secondary interests
- The voting pages are now implemented like a 'shopping cart' with full
database search capability, adding and deleting multiple items from the cart
- Information is now attached to most items in the database including
thumbnail images and links to information websites
- One of the biggest problems with previous polls has been to establish
the popularity of locomotive sub-classes within an overall group e.g.
the GWR large praires. We have now implemented grouping of items so
that it is now possible to vote for a group of locos or for individual
sub-classes. The new software enables us to report both the overall
popularity of a group and individual types
- Wheel standards are now a single question rather than attached to
- Voters can choose multiple liveries for rolling stock items.
Previously, they could only choose one. Voters could also choose
liveries for non-rolling stock items which wasn't appropriate and is now
- Some items have specific livery lists attached whereas others have a
generic list. Identifying specific liveries for items of rolling stock
is a huge task and we welcome your feedback. It is very easy for us to
make mistakes and omissions
The system will retain e-mail addresses partly for preventing multiple
voting and partly to enable voters to return to their selections later.
E-mail addresses will not be retained after the poll has closed unless
you tick the box which we have provided to indicate your permission for
us to contact you in 2014.
The results of our poll will be published on our MROL website and on
Model Rail Forum as soon as possible after 1 March 2013.
Please tell your friends about our poll and about our website, which can
be found at http://www.mrol.com.au
Please use the 'Contact Us' facility on every page of the poll for all
support, questions item and livery requests. Before contacting us, we
recommend that you use the 'Save' facility so that you can come back
later, re-load your choices and continue with your voting selections.
We are unable to respond to postings in RMWeb or MREMAG.
On behalf of the MROL team