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This page now contains details of events at the start of the first half-year 2019, with talk summaries where available

 

20th April 2019

11:00  Engine Builders Group

The Engine Builders Group will be further exploring the subject of crankshaft making by looking at a 6 cylinder crank made by Bruce Murray which, on completion, was found to be outside acceptable tolerance limits but was corrected by controlled bending.  We will also be discussing the various options for making fabricated crankshafts, which might seem straightforward enough but involves numerous choices and a range of challenges.  
The subject of high quality lost wax casting is also on the agenda for this meeting where we’ll be looking at the technology and hearing from Jerry Burchell and Mitch Barnes who have both gained experience from designing and having their components lost wax cast.
Gareth Evans will be telling us about the challenges that he’s had to resolve in the restoration of his rare 1¼ hp Hartop engine.
The meeting will also be discussing work on the table which this month will include some interesting IC engines and steam engine parts.
The meeting will be open to distant members wishing to join in our discussions on line.   The proceedings will also be video recorded and made available on the SMEE website in due course.   Please contact Stuart Walker if you’d like to join in online. 

 

27th  April 2019

09:00 Grinding Course

 

4th  May 2019   

11:00 Council Meeting

14:30 Society General Meeting

Talk: “A century and a half of Toy Stationary Steam engines and Accessories” by Bob Lovett.

Bob will give an insight into a ‘golden age’ of steam-driven toy engines and accessories produced by manufacturers in the UK and across Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. Focussing on the best known UK and German manufacturers, he will highlight some of the social and commercial drivers behind this significant toy industry and then review the operation and some technical variations in a variety of stationary engines. In addition, he will show examples of the wide range of accessories produced for use with stationary engines. His talk will be supported with examples from his personal collection.

Bob has a science and technology background with a career including teaching Physics and Chemistry, technical product management and development, and latterly, marketing. Now retired from his last role as an international Marketing Director in the world of mobile communications, Bob has time to spend on his hobbies and interests. As a long time collector of old toys and trains, he has a particular fascination for almost anything that runs on steam. He enjoys spending time in his engineering workshop maintaining and curating his collection of ‘old stuff’ – trains and motorcycles – as well as driving trains on the National Railway Museum’s miniature railway in York. Bob is a member of the York Society of Model Engineers and serves on its committee.

 

10th – 12th  May 2019

SMEE at National Model Engineering Exhibition at Doncaster

 

18th  May 2019

09:00  Polly Course Day 1

 

25th  May 2019

10:30      Digital Group online

 

1st  June 2019   

11:00 Council Meeting

14:30 Society General Meeting

Talk:  “Rail Safety” by David Maidment

David Maidment spent his career in the railways, from managing a station in South Wales to Head of Safety Policy at the BR Headquarters in the 1990s.  He also acted as adviser on railway safety to the railways of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Hong Kong, Germany and Ireland. In this talk he will discuss the changes in safety management systems and safety culture on the railways from his experience at the BR Headquarters in the 1990s after coordinating the BR response to the Judicial Inquiry on the Clapham Junction accident in 1988.

NOTE:  This talk replaces the previously announced talk by Pam Willams on Ferris Wheels, which we hop to schedule for a future date

 

15th  June 2019

09:00   Polly Course Day 2

10:30      Digital Group online

 

22nd  June 2019

11:00  Engine Builders Group 

14:00    Model running, including Gauge 1

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