Updated July 16, 2019.

  Calendar (pdf) Here  Calendar (Word) Here

  The next Public Run Day is on Sunday August 4, 2019 from 14.00-17.00

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

 

Stand at MMEE2010

 

We are starting to get tooled-up for our tenth year at The Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition - Leslie Spikings is your organiser. Looking back to the 2010 Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition (our first at Leamington) - we expected a 20ft space, but we arrived to find only 16ft. We did not want to disappoint anyone who had made the effort to bring their model along - therefore the stand was just a little overcrowded. Although we did not get an award for our stand, two of our members did get rewarded for their models....

An album from Tony Kendall Here

 

 

July Club Run, held on Saturday 130719 - pictures from Leslie Spikings Here

 

 

 

July Public Run, held on Sunday 070719 - pictures from Leslie Spikings Here

 

 

On Tuesday 020719, Norman L's new wagons were on show, Dave had another go, Graham was fettling his trailer, and Geoff's mill engine got to run.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sad to report that NSME member Malcolm Collins died on Monday July 1.

We will miss him.

R.I.P.

Our Condolences to the family.

Malcolm's funeral is at Rainsbrook Crematorium (CV22 5QQ) on Wednesday July 17 at 12.00

 

 

 

 

 Ray leaves in style....  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are some really good bogies for sale, advertised in the Members' Area Here


 

 

 


David Jones sends pictures of the party on Tuesday 250619


 

 

 

 


A tree-fall discovered on Friday 210619 meant swift action to clear it before the party on Saturday - Peter Loveland/Geoff Watts on Friday and Peter Loveland, the Jones twins, Pater Bayley and Kelvin Naylor (maybe others) on Saturday to clear up aloft.
Pictures from David Jones and Geoff Watts


 

 

 

 

 


Our stand at Preston Hedge's School Fete, Saturday 220619 - Geoff takes on water.
Pictures from Tony Kendall


 

 

 

 


Noah wants a ride, then riding quickly gets popular....

 

 

Sad to report that NSME member Ray Sweeting has died.

A picture of Ray receiving the Bassett-Lowke Bowl at the 2014 Bits and Pieces Night and at the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition.

R.I.P.

Ray's funeral at the Crownhill Crematorium. 16.15 on Friday June 28.

 

 

 

The customer-facing Graham Jones in action at Kettering during the weekend 08/090619

 

NSME member Paul married Marie on Saturday 080619

We wish them every happiness together

Picture from David Jones

 

 

 

As you may have seen from the leaflets in the clubhouse, the St. Neots Model Railway Club are holding the East Anglian Model Railway Exhibition in Kettering during the weekend of June 8/9. This is our stand, small but beautiful. Setting up was on Friday evening and breaking down will be on Sunday evening.

Exhibition details Here and Here


 

 

 

 

 

I was born in February 2007 when Thomas got a new carer. People liked me because Thomas and I could get near the track. Some thought my wheels were too small - that was to allow Thomas's chimney to go under a shelf. I helped with Trojan and now I am making way for a new hydraulic truck and cremation seems likely.

 

 

 

Album Here

We have a new friend on site at Delapre - we hope Freddo, or Freda, will be made welcome. Picture from Mr. D. Jones.

Look out for a muntjac - mother (or perhaps daddy) and fawn seen recently but they were far too nimble for us to get a photo!

 

 

 

 

Happiness, and some concern, at the Club Run on Monday 270519

Album Here

 

At the club run day on Monday 270519, the chairman presented Richard Folwell with the newly-engraved base of the Bassett-Lowke Bowl and the miniature trophy for Richard to keep, marking Richard's success at the Bits & Pieces Night. Richard was noncommittal as to which trophy he will be filling with champagne for us all to sip from.


 

 

 

 

 

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

 


 

 

 

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