Updated April 01, 2020.

  Calendar (pdf) Here  Calendar (Word) Here

 Our next season of Public Run Days commences on

May 3, 2020 14.00 - 17.00 (Covid 19 - makes it unlikely, but watch this space)

Free entry. Free parking. Fare: £1.00 per ride.

Norm Lorton is progressing with "Oliver Cromwell." He has updated this commentary (010420) Here

This includes re-writing the original content, again, to make it more reader-friendly.



Richard Folwell, updates us again this week with more progress on his 3in. scale Simplicity Road Roller project Here


This year Peter Loveland planted bulbs on the NSME site for us all to enjoy. Unfortunately, the tulips were mostly eaten by vermin, but the daffodils have prospered - demonstrated by a fine example of "Apotheose" opposite.

There is Carlton and maybe King Alfred, although no Cheerfulness, but plenty of cheer to lift the heart of anyone able to see the splendour.

Peter sends photos of the fruits of his labour.

Sadly, not so many of us will see all this - unless it is included in our morning walk of course.

Well  done Peter - and thank you.








New Gate installed - nice job. Awaiting lock to be welded on.
Photo from Geoff Watts

Probably the best of the bunch of videos popular at the moment Here


Suitable sleepers for raised track supports have been sourced and delivered ready for when we are able to install them.




Just a quick glimpse of TIM - the Tony Isolation Module or iPod. The door to the left opens into the transfer tunnel to the command module which is equipped with all the life support functions required and the Live Entertainment Module (LEM) further on. It is also where the Controller is, working out and delivering the support strategy needed and ensuring the robustness of the supply chain.

Only one downside - the view from the window could be better - possibly a view of the rolling hills of South Lincolnshire.

The work is on the replacement control box for phase 3 of the signals project.

The entertainment is "13 Minutes to the Moon" - highly recommended.


(From an original idea on the Peterborough site - but my module is not nearly as tidy!)






Despite the gloom - someone enjoying life  - Jon Luc with his loco....


Members, please note, the ground level track is generally out of use at present but you should be able to use part of it at all times.



Sunday 080320 was the first taste of the new season at NSME - our first boiler testing day.

There are no pictures of Sunday, but Tuesday brought more boiler testing, dredging and discussion.

Pictures from David Jones

Our next boiler testing day is Tuesday March 17, 2020 between 10 and 4





Tuesday 030320 and Henry passed possibly the first steam test at NSME this year. Colleagues came along to assist and to lay hands on Henry just in case anything became marginal. Present were driver, fireman, tester, witness, technical adviser, safety officer and security agent.

Elsewhere, real work was evident with the reinstatement of slabs at the station after cable laying.







Richard Folwell updates us again this week with more progress on his 3in. scale Simplicity Road Roller project Here




Viewers of the Channel 5 program "Emergency Road Rescue" last Wednesday 260220, may have seen NSME committee member Chris Atkins righting the wrongs out on the road. Pictures from Rachel.

Maybe you can see it on catch-up - S6, E2.





The Pacer Units are being phased out from the big boy railway this year. They were a cheap and not-so-cheerful joint project between BREL and Leyland and based on the Leyland bus/lorry. They can probably take the prize for low-quality, uncomfortable riding. Because they are going, they are getting cult status and many pictures and videos are being taken of them in their last days of service.
That said, in a country far away (Burma), they produced another lorry-based unit but, sadly, not Leyland

However, they do have a Kerr Stewart loco (No.13!) built in England in 1914 - with adaptive sanding Here




The first visible signs of the final stage (phase 3) of the raised track signals project which completes the circle and the replacement of the Jarman system, was started on Friday 210220. A new duct was installed from the station building to carry the clockwise cable for the west end. The components are being made and groundwork done, ready for installation starting October 28, 2020.







The NSME AGM took place during the evening of Tuesday 180220. Member David Viewing delivered a presentation on "Big Boy" afterwards. Pictures from David Jones.







 The 16mm track, or perhaps you prefer garden railway, is back in use now, having been fettled by Graham and Norman.
Many thanks.

The track now has "proceed with caution" status.


Smiles in the cold at Delapré




More parts for Norman Johnston's brake van which includes protruding windows and the inside accessories. Previous Pictures Here and Here





Two new locomotives were on test on the 7¼in. GLT at NSME on Sunday 020220.

Photos by Mr. David Jones, including a short video Here






The Geoff Watts Hunslet "Linda" arrived on site at Delapré for the first time on Sunday last 260120. Steam, movement and great joy were achieved.

A quickly produced, very short video Here







Three answers: 8-4=4, 5+4=9 and 0+4=4.





In the visiting your workshop series, pictures from Andrew (Andy) Waller of his 3½in. gauge Southern Q1 tender, now completed. Next job - a boiler for the loco.

Why not send your pictures to webmaster@nsme.co.uk






Pictures of the 2020 London Model Engineering Exhibition at Alexandra Palace held over the weekend January 17 - 19, from the web.

Regret, no member pictures available.

Album Here.

Report from the papers Here

YouTube Video Here - 2 NSME members at 2min 50



Please Note: The 16mm track, or perhaps you prefer garden railway, is out of use until further notice. This is expected to be for 3-4 weeks from today Tuesday 070120.

Consideration is being given to providing a replacement bus service.



Good to see member Steve Winter back at the club on New Years Day. Steve has been busy and brought his models for us to see. Pictures by Geoff Watts






Pictures of the New Years Day Club Run from David Jones/Leslie Spikings

Album Here.







Corridor tenders are great, but don't forget to disconnect it with the other bits Here





Member Peter King, now in Norfolk, sends a link to a simple explanation of Walschaerts valve gear Here


Peter also sends details of his bogie project for the Norwich & District Society of Model Engineers Here





Thank you to those who contributed photos to "Latest News" during 2019.

220 of them are in an album Here

Eric Morecambe might say, "They're all there, but not necessarily in the right order."





There was an opportunity on Sunday last (221219) to meet up with a new host in the giggle. Member David Jones took on his new role for the Christmas rush - or was he just posing - no sign of work being done?  Please excuse the lack of maternity aprons.

Pictures from Chris Atkins.






Many thanks to those who provided a nice spread for the Christmas Social on the evening of Tuesday 171219.

The Deputy Chairman, Andrew Waller,  wishes us all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and looks forward to seeing us all at the club run on January 1, 2020

Photo from Leslie Spikings.
Album Here




Thanks to Andrew Waller for organising another season of winter talks. Number 2 was on Tuesday 101219 - Andrew Lounds returned with another presentation "Keeping the Troops on Track Metro-Cammel at War"

Picture from Mr. David Jones.


Many will have seen Peter Squire's part-built 5in. gauge Tom Rolt loco at MMEE2019. Picture further down. Time to start on the cylinders - lots of measuring, measuring again and cutting some metal and making swarf.






On Tuesday 031219, the chairman addresses the meeting called to discuss the feedback from the recent member feedback survey.



The Geoff Watts Lycamobile takes shape down in his workshop.

The boiler is fitted, complete with cladding, bottom burner housing and smoke hood.

Next addition is the seat.


Why not send the Webmaster pictures of your workshop items?



The club sweepstake



Often, when you are working, your safety is so much in the hands of a colleague.




Richard Folwell made it to the front page of EiM with a picture of the front-end of his roller, taken on our stand at the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition, with just a peek of "Flying Scotsman"



Between the showers, Friday 221119, Noah is surprised Henry has eaten all the coal.

Being a subject of honest mirth in the club for some time now, the piping to the injector on the B1 has at last been replaced. The original was ugly. However, it worked well!







Sad to report that Garth Porter has died. Garth had been an NSME member for almost 20 years. He was most noted for his "Electrical Test Bed" (not a locomotive!), the dynamometer car, taking over the signalling system from the late Peter Jarman, the motorised point on the ground level track and all things electrical. Our condolences to the family. R.I.P.

Garth's funeral will be on Monday December 16, 2019 at 12.00.

Nene Valley Crematorium, Wellingborough, NN8 2NG.










The ground level coach bogies are being maintained with new bearings and re-profiling. Your team is David Jones and Peter Spikings. Pictures here from David.
Regret, the workers are very shy and do not appear!
Time to wash the coffee mug?




The new 5in. gauge Class 59 battery loco arrives on Friday 151119. Pictured here on the new hydraulic stand.



Modelling something different? Here





Ex-member Ollie Batt made the trip from Southampton to give a very interesting talk on the technical side of running cruise ships on Tuesday 121119. The enjoyment seemed to be high and and the talk was much appreciated by attendees (about 20). Unfortunately, the start was delayed by 25mins due to difficulties in interfacing a modern computer to our archaic projector - again!









The bonfire is on the make.

It is reported some are having real problems in deciding, after recent events, whether it is appropriate to burn an effigy of someone who wanted to burn down parliament.




The Malcolm Collins memorial bench is now in position, complete with plaque. Malcolm's ashes were scattered in the adjacent garden on Thursday 311019.

Many thanks to David Jones and Lesley and Peter Loveland for the preparation, which was much appreciated.




The installation part of Phase 2 of the raised track signals project got underway on Thursday 311019 - the components having been made during the running season. This is renewal of cables and equipment from signal 1 at the station to signal 5 at the bridge. It will include the new signal 4 (on the way out, near the bonfire), which is part of the original plan and will fill the un-signalled section at the approach to the bridge. The area between signals 1 and 3 has needed more attention of late and is being replaced. Cables are already laid. Phase 2 is scheduled to be finished by the NYD club run. During this period, signals from the point area round through the tunnel to the station approach should always be available - other areas will vary.






The rain eventually went through to give fine conditions at the night run on Saturday 261019, but slightly late for Noah and Trojan.







Pictures of Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition, mainly by Leslie Spikings, Here This includes the pictures used on the stand.


Again, LMS4767 has produced a good video of the exhibition, now on YouTube, Here





Maureen and Leslie (Bob) Spikings pose in front of the completed stand. Congratulations and well done.

Picture from Graham Jones.


 Loaded and ready to go to Leamington on Tuesday 151019 and construction at Leamington on the following day. Meccano Eiffel Tower in the background.

Pictures from Tony Kendall.






It's that time of year again.


Please be on the lookout for this 5 inch gauge live steam 0-4-0 Black Pug locomotive which was stolen on Tuesday night. It’s a very rare loco & not easy for anyone to sell on. If anyone has any information or is offered this loco please call Warwickshire Constabulary,
Crime ref: 23-42674-19.




Something slightly different at the October public run. A traction engine made an appearance. The Colchester Vintage Car Club visited and members were given a ride on our railway.





The 5in. gauge Baby Deltic, owned by Mr. David Jones (Dave), has been well occupied this year at parties and run days. The loco has been missing recently  - at Peter Loveland's workshop, where Peter and Lesley have been applying new paint. Dave had been told the colour would be pink - but, fortunately, it was prototypical after all.









The Malcolm Collins memorial bench has arrived. The preference is for it to be positioned on the raised track station. Malcolm spent much of his time at NSME as station master.
A plaque will be added soon.



Brake vans normally had a stove inside to keep the guard warm and for tea and toast -  so Norman Johnston's model brake van, on show at MMEE2019, would not be complete without one - would it?

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Signal 6a, affectionately known by some as Bridget, is situated on the bridge and is the raised track advance indicator for signal S6. Suitable indication has been added.


Jon-Luc was out for a run on Wednesday 021019



Tigger and Winnie the Pooh dropped in at Noah's 4th birthday party at NSME on Saturday 280919. They arrived by train, danced with the children, took a ride with them and, sadly, left by train.

A big thank you to those who made it a great afternoon.





A treat on Sunday October 6, before the public run. The Colchester Vintage Car Club plan to drop in at about 11.00 with approximately a dozen cars, having come from Sywell. They plan to leave at about 14.00 to have lunch at the abbey and "get home before dark." The connection is their chief, Brian Aket, hails from Far Cotton.





Dreweatt's auction on Tuesday September 240919 - now has prices.

At least two people must have wanted lot 1?





The rain came on Tuesday 240919. Andy got up-and-under in the dry and a new hydraulic platform arrived - for use in transporting engines from the station to the raised track etc.




Norman Johnston is building a 5in. gauge LMS 20 ton Brake Van for David Calvert and the chassis was available for rivet-counting on Tuesday 240919. This will be displayed on the stand at MMEE2019.  Back to Latest Picture





Peter Squire's Tom Rolt gets ready for the stand at MMEE2019

Up to Workshop Pictures



The weather was not kind for the September Club Run on Sunday 220919 but members were brave.











Netta "Harold" gets prepared for the  Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition (MEE2019) set-up day on October 16 (Is your stuff ready? Send pictures?), and raised track signals 1 to 4 get  prepared for phase 2 starting on October 28.