If you wish to attend the meet, could you please register using the link available from Future Events section of the SimSig web-site. The page is already available but registrations will not be taken until after the July Derby meet. It is important that people register even though there is no charge for the event so that we can advise the venue of the likely numbers attending. If you do sign up then find that you are unable to attend, please return to the event and cancel your registration. This will enable us to keep track of the numbers and give sensible details to the venue.
The venue is situated in Monument Street facing onto Lower Thames Street. Google map of the area here . It is a short walk from Monument Underground Station. Monument is served by the District and Circle Lines and is connected to Bank which is served by the Northern, Central and Waterloo & City lines as well as the Docklands Light Railway.
No food will be provided at the meet but food can be purchased from the bar menu .
The venue is a Nicholsons house with a range of real ales, ciders, beers, lagers, wine, soft drinks (brand name cola, lemonade, etc.) and water. Tea and coffee will be available. The upstairs bar will be staffed for our meet but the full range is not carried in the upstairs bar. There will still be a selection of real ales, lagers etc. available but drinks may be carried upstairs from the downstairs bar if the range upstairs is not suitable.
A private WiFi network will be set up for the meet laptops to connect with each other but not for internet access. WiFi access to the internet is available through the pub system.
The meet will be held in the upstairs Dining Room which is reserved for our exclusive use.
Arranging the tables under the windows will allow ample space for the laptops to be used in any multiplay with room for circulation and socialising in the rest of the room.
Planned from 12noon to 6pm, The venue does not open until 12:00 on Saturdays so those with laptops for use by the SimSig public are asked to arrive promptly at 12:00 and register. The venue will allow access for those wishing to set up the hosting computers, Wifi network etc. before that time. The tables will also be moved to configure the room for our purposes before 12:00.
The event will take place without any entrance fee.
Shared access to multiplayer simulations, tutorials on how to play SimSig if needed.
There are hotels of all grades and prices from guest-houses to four- and five-star hotels within easy walking distance of the venue. Be aware that even Travelodge/Premier Inn type accommodation within walking distance is often priced in the £80 to £100 range per room so it may be better to get accommodation away from the centre of London and travel in on the day.
An informal meet-up may be planned on the Friday night for drinks and perhaps a meal too, but as said this doesn't always happen. More details closer to the time, once location and venue has been decided upon.
Although it has been tradition to go off to Brick Lane for a curry after a London meet, the trip from The Walrus and The Carpenter to Brick Lane is perhaps a little complicated with a bus or underground trip and a walk at each end. To avoid this hassle for the curry eaters, we used Silka Resturant, 6-8 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TL after the November 2018 meet. This is in Borough Market which is a 10-minute walk across London Bridge from the meet venue.
Alternatively people can head off to Covent Garden or Soho taking the Central Line from Bank towards Holborn or Tottenham Court Road.
No visit has been arranged to date.
31 people attended the meet, with only 1 managing to escape before the group photo was taken at the end of the day. A large chain game consisting of six simulations (Hereford, Shrewsbury, North East Wales, Chester, Cheshire Lines, and Stockport) was hosted, giving around 175 track miles end to end. The aim of the session was for 9Z50 (A Class 68 and Mk5 coach) to transit from end to end as part of Network Rails attempt to gauge clear the coaches for various parts of the route.
The two new simulations are pictured below for interest. No firm release date was set for either.
After the main meet 11 SimSiggers made the short walk around the corner to Sripur Indian on Great Tower Street. Following that 7 extremely dedicated SimSiggers made the short walk to the Cross Keys Weatherspoon on Gracechurch Street.
|4||AndyB0607 *||14||casey jones||24||9pn1seap|
|5||JamesN||15||Tlib||25||KiranB (X) *|
* = Not in Group Photo
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