Updated May 26, 2019.

  Calendar (pdf) Here  Calendar (Word) Here

  The next Public Run Day is on Sunday June 2, 2019 from 14.00-17.00

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

 

A reminder from Christopher Orchard - those with a Rob Roy loco may be interested in Andover society's Rob Roy and sausage sizzle event on June 9, 2019. Website Here


 

 

 

 

Some members were at Rugby on Saturday 250519. George, assisted by Spencer in the first picture and Peter, Dennis and Brian in the second, while George and Spencer (topically?) go to the country. Pictures from Doreen Coles


 

 

 

 

 

All part of The History of Mr. Polly as Alfred gets reunited with the raised track on Saturday 180519
Pictures from David Jones

 

 

 

Bernard Clark gets down to it at the  party on Tuesday 140519

Picture from Tony Kendall

 

 

The 'Boys' Toys' group, within Towcester U3A (University ot the Third Age), visited NSME on Tuesday 140519.

Picture from Geoffrey Watts

 

 

Some members attended Statfold Barn on Sunday 120519. Fred not as interested as he might be - but has he seen it all before? Pictures from Geoffrey Watts


 

 

 

 

 

David Fieldhouse sends more news of his antipodean friends Here.

Chilly with just a little sunshine for the May public run.
Pictures from Leslie Spikings.
Album Here


 

 

 

 

 

 

Another way to build a tunnel Here

 


 

 

 

A relaxing Tuesday evening meeting...
Picture from Tony Kendall

 

 

Kelvin demonstrates how to operate the new NSME raised track point Here

 


 

 

Good to see you back Malcolm.

The first official party of the 2019 season was on Saturday April 27.

The weather was cold, but fine - and a whole lot better than expected.

Pictures from Mr. David Jones

 

 

 

 

The NSME Class 37 locomotive gets nameplates....


 

 

 

 

Good to see you back Peter.

A broad, welcoming smile from Track Marshal Dave, a start with the new club 16mm electric train, and two full steaming bays at the NSME 2019 Easter Monday Club Run

 

Album Here

 

 

 

 

Some of the Good Friday workers - and Dave Jones's thumb (or an eclipse)....


 

 

 

 

Richard Folwell was awarded the Bassett-Lowke Bowl for his roller front-end at the Bits & Pieces night on Tuesday 160419

Richard is on the left!

Album Here

 

 

Member David Jones sends pictures of a visit to Andover & District Model Engineering Society on Sunday last (140419) Here

 

 

We fixed a few faults on the blower supplies, the gardeners were at it and double yellows of a different kind appeared on Friday 120419


 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 090419 brought joy as "Barbara" passed her hydraulic test, people posed with the new club 16mm electric kit, some were measuring and Dave had success with steam testing.

 

 

 

 

This was spotted in the "For Sale" columns - you might think it looks a slightly dodgy concept, particularly for the guard - I couldn't possibly comment!

 

 

The new self-contained braking system on the ground level trains brings new methods of operation. There is a document in the Members' Area of this website, presently on the noticeboard there. You will need the password. You will be able to find it at the real Delapre site in all the old familiar places. Andrew Waller is your man for queries.


 

 

 

Fred had a great day out (and everyone else!) at Phil Weston's private event on Saturday 060419


 

 

 

 

Rushden steamers had their first 2019 steam testing day at NSME on Saturday 060419

 

 

 

Norman L sends more news of steam from his trip to NZ....

We today travelled on the TSS (Twin Screw Steam) Ernslaw, the only steamship operating in the Southern Hemisphere. Built in 1912 it has remained on the freshwater lake on which sits Queenstown. It still has its original two coal fired boilers and twin triple expansion condensing engines. The engine room was open to visitors and it was a delight to see, hear and feel the engines propelling the ship at 11 knots. It must be one of the few examples of a working triple expansion engine and the photo shows the three cylinder pressure gauges. Note that the final cylinder is working on steam but at below atmospheric pressure! See you soon!


 

 

 

 

Many will remember Christine Sanderson giving us a talk on 78, Derngate. There is a very good NSME write-up in the 78 Derngate Newsletter


 

 

 

Tuesday 020419, although wet, was a boiler test day.

 

 

 

The final of the three Ground level points being refurbished was put back into use while final adjustments were made to the others on Tuesday 020419

 

 

 

In a garage not too far from you, "Dougal" gets prepared for Easter.

Picture from Graham Jones

 

 

Kelvin introduces his new pole - an aid to operating the new raised track point, a first class lever. No politics intended.


 

 

 

 

Geoff's Hunslet (Linda) nearly ready for the off - pictures from Dave Jones


 

 

 

 

 

The raised track point takes even more shape on Friday 220319 when Kelvin and Dave were in attendance. Did Kelvin have a Rubik Snake in the past?


 

 

 

 

 

The 24V and 12V DC blower supplies on both steaming bays have been replaced. If you are an ageing power supply on the raised track, times are bad - nobody wants you, especially after being a donor for spare part surgery!


 

 

 

 

The second of the 3 points being refurbished on the ground track is now completed and fitted and the final one is now being worked on, so the hole has moved up.


 

 

 

 

Member Norman Lorton sends news of his NZ adventure....
I have just crossed the alpine spine of South Island New Zealand by 5 hour rail journey. The track is 3’6” gauge and the train around 10 coaches long. The surprise is the descent gradient to the west coast at a small section called Arthur’s Pass being 1 in 33 in parts. To manage this, as well as the 2 locomotives on the front, they have attached 4 to the rear to assist descent and enable a safe reverse in case of trouble. Steam used to power the railway either side of the Pass and connections were made by horse drawn cart. This was finally joined by a steep tunnel and overhead electric locomotives when completed in 1924. Today it is 88 tonne 2450 hp diesels making the whole journey and the very long tunnel is fan purged between the small number of crossings each day.

 

 

For those who missed the Manchester Model engineering Exhibition, (MMEX2019) at Oldham, LMS4767 has produced another video Here


 

 

 

"The Transport Sale" was at Dreweatts Auction in Newbury on Tuesday 120319.

 Catalogue with prices achieved Here.


 

 

 

Another Stolen Loco

Anyone with any info on Tich please contact webmaster

 

 

A good turn-out and despite the cold and a delayed start the Clan Line talk on Tuesday 120319 was OK


 

 

 

 

Poor weather for the first boiler testing day of the year on Sunday 100319.


 

 

 

 

David Fieldhouse sends more news of his antipodean friends Here.


 

 

 

The refurbished and modified ground level point adjacent to the Delapre Carriageworks was completed and re-fitted on Tuesday 260219. Possibly the first steam loco over them on Thursday 280219. The team are now directing their attention to the first of the two points adjacent to the platform.


 

 

 

 

 

Some pictures of the Northern Association of Model Engineers (NAME) Manchester Engineering Exhibition, in Oldham, on February 23/24. Pictures cribbed from the web - for your delight Here. Many thanks to Mr.Swarf (Paul). I toldum Oldham!


 

 

 

Sunday rest day only for some as Garth, Kelvin and photographer Geoff get fired up.


 

 

 

 

Alan Bell has sent more photos which have been added to the "Archive 1" album which already has photos from Keith Nichols Here. Many thanks to you both.


 

 

 

So that's where they got the idea for the banana turntable on the raised track Here


 

 

 

The following 5in. gauge locomotives have been stolen from Gravesend Model Marine & Engineering Society - Simplex, Electric Metropolitan No. 9, Springbok B1 and Speedy


 

 

 

 

 

The NSME AGM arrived on time on Tuesday 120219. Only the handsome ones appear twice, chairman missing (taking a picture) and deal, the King is Dead, Long Live the King!