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Engine Builders' Group

Digital Group Online

 Digital Group meetings are  held online via AnyMeeting.  To join in, contact digital@sm-ee.co.uk.

Milling Course

See training pages for details

Visit to Guildford MES track at Stoke Park

Running on the track from 10:30 am.  Contact David Taylor if you want to run a loco.

Boiler Management Course

For details see Journal

Council Meeting

Garden Railway Visit

See Journal for details


Note Sunday not Saturday

Society General Meeting

Show of Historic Engineering and Railway Films

by Frank Banfield

Society General Meeting

Talk – Rail Vehicle Testing  

by Dave Bower

Dave Bower joined the British Rail Testing Section based at the Railway Technical Centre in Derby at the end of his apprenticeship, and spent most of the 1980s and 1990s testing all types of rail vehicles.  In his talk he will look at an area of the railway industry that is not well known about; drawing on experience from his railway career to bring to life the world of railway vehicle testing.

Static and on-track testing provides evidence to ensure the safety of train operations, including keeping the train on the track, stopping safely, the structural integrity and an acceptable passenger environment.

He will focus on British Rail practice during the 1980s and 1990s to describe and understand why, and how, acceptance testing was carried out for new or modified Wagons, Passenger Coaches, Locomotives, On-Track Plant, and Road-Rail vehicles.

Society General Meeting

Talk – Locomotive Wheel  Balancing Little and Large

by Bob Bramson

Balancing locomotive wheels is a discipline that is virtually unknown about in model engineering circles. The talk will review the prime causes of imbalance and explain the technique developed to mitigate the force inputs to acceptable levels in full size, and the read-over to miniature practice. A short discourse is also included to illustrate the causes of derailment, another area of railway engineering of which model engineers generally have very limited understanding.