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The Great Western Echo

The Great Western Echo

The Great Western Echo is sent quarterly to all members of the Great Western Society.

Submitting Material for the Great Western Echo

The GW Echo is a full colour quality magazine. In order to maximise the effectiveness of their submissions contributors should follow the procedure set out below. DRC Departmental Reporters in particular are asked to be aware of these notes.

Submission and Publication Dates

Issue Copy Date Publication Date
Autumn 2017 219 1 October 28 October
Winter 2018 220 1 January 27 January
Spring 2018 221 2 April 28 April
Summer 2018 222 2 July 28 July
Autumn 2018 223 1 October 27 October

Articles, letters and photographs for the Echo should be forwarded to Adrian Knowles, Echo Editor, as below. Details of Group meetings for inclusion in the Echo Diary and the railway press should be e-mailed to Terry McCarthy (terry.mac18@googlemail.com) or posted to Didcot for Terry’s attention. Please note railway magazines deadlines require two months notice of meetings and events. Small Advertisements to be e-mailed to Viv Cooper (vivflack@btinternet.com)

How to submit material for the Great Western Echo (updated September 2017)

The GW Echo is a full colour quality magazine. In order to maximise the effectiveness of their submissions contributors should follow the procedure set out below. DRC Departmental Reporters in particular are asked to be aware of the following notes:

  1. The preferred means of submission is by e-mail to the editor, Adrian Knowles. Photographs and images can also be e-mailed, please note that for good reproduction a minimum native file size of 5MB or more is required. Files up to 20MB can be accepted; please submit files in JPEG (.jpg) format saved at the highest possible resolution, although TIFF, PDF and PSD files are also acceptable. Please do not send illustrations or any other material in Microsoft Publisher as it cannot be read on the Macintosh systems used to produce the Echo. Material on CD-R is also acceptable, either directly by post or via the Didcot office. Text should be sent either as a Microsoft Word document or simply pasted into the body of an email. Please ensure you only use capital letters where absolutely necessary, and only one space only between sentences etc.
  2. All material should be submitted directly to the editor and not through a third party. The only exceptions to this are indicated in Items 4 and 5 below. If not using email, please either -
    i) Leave material with Pat Bosley in the office who will arrange for it to be forwarded to me.
    ii) Send it by post to: Adrian Knowles, 5 Whites Way, Sutton Benger, Wiltshire SN15 4TX. Please note that material sent to or left at Didcot may be subject to delay as the editor is only able to collect post infrequently.
    Hard copy material will only be returned if a stamped addressed envelope is enclosed with the contribution.
  3. The cut-off date for submission of material is the last possible time for receipt personally by me of material for the next magazine; however, contributors should aim to submit date relevant material as early as possible after an event. I am happy to support DRC departmental reporters with their contributions, either by taking notes from which to write up a report or to photograph some aspect of work in progress. In this respect please submit requests by e-mail to the editor.
  4. Information about Group events for the Diary should be emailed to Terry McCarthy at terry.mac18@googlemail.com
  5. Small word advertisements should be posted direct to Viv Cooper c/o the Didcot address or emailed to vivflack@btinternet.com

Contributions of Articles about matters outside DRC Routine Events eg: Historical Articles.

  1. The Echo’s area of interest covers any aspect of the GWR or BR(W) or any directly related subject, eg. GWR influence on other railways, including foreign organizations. Any aspect of Didcot, the past, current events or future plans and possibilities and articles about local railway personalities or those currently involved at Didcot are always welcome. Please aim for 2,000 words maximum and no multiple part articles please. Brevity is better than complexity!
    Please note that contributions of copyright material must be cleared beforehand with the copyright holder. Regrettably we cannot fund reproduction fees.
  2. It is now mandatory for contributors of historical articles to source reference important statements throughout their work. Source referencing is a useful exercise for authors to back up important statements with a reference which shows the authority for their making it. You do not have to use the academic system with its funny Latin tags, the simple insertion of a number in brackets after a statement and listing at the end of the article against those numbers, the authority for that statement will suffice.


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