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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

 

16th March 2019

11:00  Proposed first meeting of SMEE Engine-Builders Group

It has been suggested by a number of members, and agreed by Council, that it could be beneficial to establish an Engine Builders Group within the Society.  This new group would be formed for informal networking, in particular sharing ideas that would help us plan and execute our engine building activities, for all types of model experimental engines including: locomotives, stationary, internal combustion, Stirling, traction, and so on that members are researching, designing and building. It’s also
suggested that this group be organised to complement the afternoon meeting known as the Model Running and Gauge 1 group that already focuses on the running and maintaining of models.. In a similar way, the new group will be organised to complement and work with all the other established SMEE groups, including: Workshop, Digital, Training and the Stationary Engine group . Members of the new Engine Builders group would be encouraged to bring along and display examples of their work which would form the basis for informal discussion, and could be used as a prelude to organising formal
presentations at general meetings and/ or exhibition displays.

2:30 Model Running. including Gauge 1

 

22nd  March 2019

Visit to The Royal Opera House workshops Thurrock

Note that the visit is on a Friday, not the usual Wednesday. 

The Royal Opera’s Production Workshop and Costume Centre is a huge workshop which produces sets and costumes for ballet and opera at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.  The building is near Thurrock, about 15 mins walk from Purfleet station.  It  For details see  http://www.roh.org.uk/visit/tours/thurrock-tours/.

Tour is at 12:30; maximum 20 people.  Charge £9.50.  To reserve places, please contact Norman Billingham.

 

30th March 2019

14:30   Rummage Sale (viewing from 11:00)

 

6th  April 2019   

11:00 Council Meeting

14:30 Society General Meeting

Talk: “The role of Evolution and Technology in Information Loss” by Prof. Peter Townsend

Knowledge, information and data are key elements of life, and therefore the ways in which they are recorded and stored are critical. Surprisingly, technological progress not only speeds up the writing and storage capacity but also drives ever more rapid loss. Technology, as well as the evolution of language and culture play similar roles that are evident from literature, music and art. Peter’s talk will consider some of the key factors and underline why we have reached a critical phase where there could be almost total collapse of electronic data storage and communication.  Peter is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Sussex.

 

13th  April 2019

09:00     Basic Training Part 1 day 3

10:30      Digital Group online

 

20th April 2019

11:00  Engine Builders Group

 

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: “The History of the Ferris Wheel” by Pam Williams

Pam first became interested in Ferris Wheels when her husband bought her a token from the one at the  Earls Court Exhibition in the 1890’s.  From there she collected tokens for them from all over the world.  Her collection includes the first Ferris wheels in America, the famous one in Vienna and also a couple for the London Eye.  She found a good book giving the history and working of Ferris wheels and found there are “Ferris wheel buffs” all over America.  Having learned something about the works she became interested in Ferris who made the first one.

She will give a presentation on the history and technology of Ferris wheels, and bring along a good selection of the medallions etc  for members to look at.

 

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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  • 11:00 amCouncil Meeting
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  • 9:00 amBasic Training Part 1 day 2
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