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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.

 

Society General Meeting

Talk – Jim Crebbin and his Experimental Locomotives

by Roger Backhouse

Jim Crebbin (1875-1950) was a SMEE founder and an enthusiastic experimental engineer, building several distinctive miniature locomotives. Roger’s talk will look at his surprising life and travels, and explain why his contribution to model locomotives and SMEE still matters.

Christmas Party

SMEE at Midlands MEX

The Society will have it’s usual stand at the Midlands Exhibition.  Come and see us!

Competition Day

Models may be set up from 11:00

Polly competition in the morning if sufficient entries – otherwise combined with main competition

Visit to Royal Gunpowder Mills Waltham Abbey

The Royal Gunpowder Mills has a 300 year history of making explosives and propellants.  We have a guided tour from 11:00 then are free to explore the site.

Tickets cost £14.00 excluding lunch.  For details see royalgunpowdermills.com.

To reserve places, please contact Norman Billingham

Rummage/disposal sale

Viewing from 11:00 am

Rummage/disposal sale

Viewing from 11:00 am.

Council Meeting

Council Meeting

Council Meeting

Council Meeting

Day 6 Polly course

Day 5 Polly course

Day 4 Polly course

Day 3 Polly course

Model running, including Gauge 1

Meetings are organised by the Gauge 1 group but members with any other type of model they would like to run are invited to join in.

Model running, including Gauge 1

Meetings are organised by the Gauge 1 group but members with any other type of model they would like to run are invited to join in.

Model running, including Gauge 1

Meetings are organised by the Gauge 1 group but members with any other type of model they would like to run are invited to join in.

Digital Group online

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

Digital Group online

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

Digital Group online

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

Digital Group online

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

Engine Builders Group

Engine Builders Group

Engine Builders Group

Engine Builders Group

At our last meeting we discussed lost wax casting by outside suppliers.  This time we’ll be taking a look at what can be cast in our own workshops and what the  Workshop Group has in mind for 3D printing, metal casting and heat treatment in the Marshall House workshops.  Jim Lugsden will be discussing 2 stroke engine tuning.  Peter Wardropper will be discussing current work on his steam locomotives and starting to look at the challenges of copper boiler making.  We’ll also be discussing the work on the table.
 
As usual, the meeting will be open to distant members wishing to join in on-line and the proceedings will be recorded and made available, together with relevant notes, on the website in due course.

Please contact Stuart Walker if you have any queries or if you wish to join the meeting on-line

Engine Builders Group

Proposed first meeting of 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.

Model running, including Gauge 1

Digital Group Online

Polly Course Day 2

Council Meeting

Society General Meeting

Talk: “Railway 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.

 

Digital Group Online

Polly Course Day 1

First day of new course to build a small steam engine and boiler

SMEE at National Model Engineering Exhibition at Doncaster

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.

Council Meeting

Grinding Course

Digital Group online

Basic Training Part 1 day 3

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.

Council Meeting

Rummage/Disposal Sale

Viewing from 11:00

Digital Group online

Model running, including Gauge 1

Society Visit to Royal Opera 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.  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.

Digital Group online

Basic Training Part 1 day 2

Annual General Meeting

Council Meeting

Society General Meeting

Talk: “Electric Motors for Traction Applications” by Bob Walker

The presentation will cover the general topic of electric motors, their operating principles and the different types, illustrating both their underlying similarities and their functional differences. The focus will be on the special requirements for traction applications, with particular emphasis on applications for model electric locomotives, i.e. up to a few hundreds of watts or a couple of kW output. In passing, calculations for the power requirements for a 7¼” or 5″ passenger-carrying train will be used to illustrate the design and/or selection of a motor and transmission system.  Photographs and demonstration of an experimental motor using a surplus car alternator will also be included, together with pictures of electrical waveforms and estimated performance data.  It will also be noted that modern integrated systems based on the principles of “brushless DC” motors are now available. The talk and the demonstration models are primarily intended to be illustrative and do not necessarily represent a practical system.

Digital Group online

Basic Training Part 1 day 1

Society General Meeting

Talk  “The Early Years of Aviation at Farnborough” by Graham Rood

Council Meeting

Rummage Sale

Viewing from 11:00

Model Running - Including Gauge 1

SMEE at London MEX "Ally Pally"

Digital Group Online

Society General Meeting

“Restoring and Modelling Holgate Windmill” by Richard Green

Council Meeting

SMEE Visit - Postal Museum and Mail Rail

Competition Day and Christmas Party

Digital Group online

Council Meeting

Model running, including Gauge 1

Digital Group online

Day 6 Polly course

Council Meeting

Society General Meeting

 

Talk – Designing and Building the SMEE Wire Eroder by Mike Kapp and the Digital Group

Rummage/disposal sale

Digital Group online

SMEE at Midlands MEX

Day 5 Polly course

Celebration of SMEE 120.

 Golden Arrow dining train on Bluebell Railway

Society General Meeting

Talk – William Fairbairn – a Great Nineteenth-Century Engineer by Richard Byrom

Council Meeting

Visit to Guildford MES track at Stoke Park

Milling Course

Model running, including Gauge 1

Day 4 Polly course

Society General Meeting

Talk – Rise and Fall of King Cotton – an Engineering and Family History by Roger Backhouse

Council Meeting

SMEE at Bristol MEX

Model Running - Including Gauge 1

Society General Meeting

Talk – 3D-Printing in the Engineering Workshop by Neil Wyatt

Council Meeting

Model running, including Gauge 1

Digital Group online

Digital Group online meeting via AnyMeeting

Day 2 Polly course

Society General Meeting

Talk: Adrian Garner – Monorails

Digital Group Online meeting

"Polly" Course Day 1

Society General Meeting

Talk: “Building a Model Steam Plant for a 9ft Battleship” by Jack Rose

Council Meeting

Model running, including Gauge 1

Society Annual General Meeting

Council Meeting

Grinding Course

Course open only to SMEE members, for insurance reasons

Basic Training Part 1 day 3

Third, and final day of the Society’s basic training course for beginners in model engineering

 

Society General Meeting

Talk – Silver Brazing by Keith Hale

Keith Hale is the founder of CuP alloys the well-known supplier of all brazing tools and materials to the ME community.  He will be bringing supplies of both materials and equipment for sale to members at favourable rates.

Council Meeting

Digital Group online

Visit to The Clockworks at West Norwood

The Clockworks is a unique studio that combines a museum, workshop, library and meeting space under one roof, all serving the community of people interested in the measurement and distribution of time using electric clocks.

There is a collection of electric clocks maintained in working condition, and a museum-class in-house conservation workshop, able to undertake any work associated with timekeeping artefacts, either electric or not, old or new.

The Clockworks is located in West Norwood, about 2.5 miles from SMEE and about 2 mins walk from West Norwood Station.

The address is 6 Nettlefold Place, SE27 0JW and you can find more details at their web site:

http://theclockworks.org/

Because of space limitations, The Clockworks can only accommodate ten visitors at a time, so there will be two visits on the same day, one at 11:00 and one at 14:00.

To reserve a place please contact Norman Billingham. Indicating whether you have any preference for either time. There will be a charge of £10 as a donation to support the activities of the Clockworks.

Digital Group online

Basic Training Part 1 day 2

Second day of the Society’s basic training course for beginners in model engineering

Society General Meeting

Talk – The History and Technology of Gauge One by Adrian Johnstone

Society Annual General Meeting POSTPONED

Council Meeting POSTPONED

Society General Meeting

Talk – A Radio-Controlled 1/8th Scale Model Tracked-tractor with Hydraulics by Godfrey Greeves

Digital Group online

Derek Brown - Using the Quorn T&C grinder

Derek Brown discusses the use and abuse of the famous Quorn.  This is a hands-on small-group session.  See full events page for details.  This event will only occur if sufficient members register interest.

Basic Training Part 1 day 1

First day of the Society’s basic training course for beginners in model engineering

Society General Meeting

Talk – The History and Technology of Gauge One by Adrian Johnstone

Council Meeting

Rummage Sale

Viewing from 11:00

Model running, including Gauge 1

SMEE at London MEX - "Ally Pally"

Digital Group online

Society General Meeting

Talk – The Craft of Making a Replica by Mary Crabb

 

Council Meeting

Visit to Guildford MES track at Stoke Park

 Running on the track starting at 10 30. Contact Ann Hatherill if you hope to run a loco

Competition Day and Christmas Party

Polly competition in am if sufficient entries

Model running, including Gauge 1

Day 6 Polly course

Society General Meeting

Talk – Explosives: The Past, Present and Future by Prof Jackie Akhavan

Rummage/disposal sale

Viewing from 11:00

SMEE at Midlands MEX

Day 5 Polly course

Society General Meeting

Talk – The Royal Arsenal Railway by Mark Smithers

Digital Group online

Milling Course

Model running, including Gauge 1

Society Autumn Visit

Visit to Westfield Farm Marine Solutions, SGS Bil & Sons tug fleet and Thames cruise

For details see Journal

Day 4 Polly course

Society General Meeting

Talk – New Engines for the SS Great Britain by Richard Gibbon

SMEE at Bristol MEX

Visit to Ann Hatherill’s garden railway

See Journal for details

Model running, including Gauge 1

Day 3 Polly course

Digital Group online meeting

Digital Group online

Digital Group online

Digital Group online

SMEE at Guildford Model Engineering Show, Stoke Park

Society General Meeting

Talk: Teaching Youngsters to Make Models – Patrick Hendra and Angus French

Council Meeting

Council Meeting

Council Meeting

Council Meeting

Council Meeting

Model running, including Gauge 1

Digital Group online

Day 2 Polly course

Second day of Polly course

Society General Meeting

Talk: “Edgar T Westbury – His Pioneering Contribution to Model Engineering and his “LMS 1831” project” by Bob Bramson

Council Meeting

Digital Group online

Day 1 Polly course

First Day of “Polly” course

SMEE at National MEX Doncaster

Society General Meeting

Talk: “Flight Simulators for Military Aviation” by Kieran Wisely

Council Meeting

Digital Group online

Grinding Course

Rummage Sale

Viewing from 11:00

Basic Training Part 1 day 3

Last day of Basic Training Course

Society General Meeting

Talk: “Building Britain’s Most Powerful Steam Locomotive” by Chris Ardy

Council Meeting

Digital Group online

Stuart Walker: Drills – Grinding and Use

Model running, including Gauge 1

Society Visit to Vintage Fabrics at Audley End Airport

Basic Training Part 1 day 2

Day 2 of the Basic Training Course

Society Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting – followed by Council Meeting for old and new Council members

Council Meeting

Society General Meeting

Talk: “Conserve or Restore – That is the Question” by Chris Knapp

Digital Group online meeting

Basic Training Part 1 day 1

Basic Training course begins today.

Model Running - Including Gauge 1

Society General Meeting

Talk: “Charles Babbage and his Machines” by Adrian Johnstone

Digital Group online

Rummage/Disposal Sale

Viewing open from 11:00

Society General Meeting

Talk by Oliver Monk:  “Tether Cars – High Speed Model Engineering”

Council Meeting

Council Meeting

Competition Day and Christmas Party

Polly competition in the morning if sufficient entries – otherwise combined with main competition.

Rummage/disposal sale - CANCELLED

Please note that this sale has been cancelled.  The next sale will be in January.

Digital Group CANCELLED

Council Meeting

Model running, including Gauge 1

"Polly" Course - day 6

Society General Meeting

Talk: 3D Modelling –  Warts and all by Derek Brown

Council Meeting

Rummage/disposal sale

Viewing from 11:00

Model running, including Gauge 1

"Polly" Course - Day 5

SMEE at Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition

Milling Course

Society General Meeting

Talk: A home-built composite aircraft by Alasdair Milne

Council Meeting

Visit to Guildford MES track at Stoke Park

Digital Group

SMEE at Model Engineer Exhibition, Brooklands

Visit to British Vintage Wireless Museum

The museum is located in Dulwich quite close to SMEE. For details see: http://bvwm.org.uk/. Maximum 20 people.  Cost £10.  To reserve places, please contact Norman Billingham.

"Polly" Course Day 4

Society General Meeting

Talk: A bridge, a car and a grumpy man of metal by Jon Mills

Council Meeting

Visit to David Taylor’s garden railway

For full details see June issue of the Journal

SMEE at Bristol Model Engineering Show

Model running, including Gauge 1

Society General Meeting

Talk:  Remap – Transforming the lives of disabled people by David Martin

Day 3 Polly course

Digital Group - CANCELLED

Please note that this meeting has been cancelled

SMEE at Guildford Model Engineering Show

Gauge 1 Group Meeting

Digital Group Meeting

Basic Training - "Polly" Course Day 2

Society General Meeting

Talk: Building the World’s Fastest Electric Motorcycle By Phil Edwards

Council Meeting

Digital Group Meeting

SMEE at National MEX Doncaster

Basic Training - “Polly” Course Day 1

Society General Meeting

Talk: “The  Triumph of the Atmospheric Principle – the Atmospheric Railway and its Successors” By Roger Backhous

Council Meeting

Rummage Sale

Viewing from 11:00; Sale starts at 14:00

Grinding Course

Basic Training Part 1 day 3

Society General Meeting

Talk: “Voyage 43”: How to run a 12,000 ton Motor Ship, by Bob Bramson

Council Meeting

Digital Group Meeting

Gauge 1 Group Meeting

Society visit - BBC Broadcasting House

The visit is to BBC Broadcasting House at Portland Place in central London. 

Maximum 20 people.  10:45 am.  Cost £12 for visit, excluding lunch. 

Full details are at: www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/tours/bh_london.

To reserve places, please contact Norman Billingham.

Digital Group

Basic Training Part 1 day 2

Annual General Meeting

Council Meeting

Society General Meeting

Talk: David Kirkaldy and his Materials Testing Works in Southwark by Hugh MacGillivray

Digital Group Meeting

SMEE at Brighton Modelworld

Basic Training Part 1 day 1

Society General Meeting

Talk: “Reconstructing EDSAC” by Dr Andrew Herbert

Council Meeting

Rummage/Disposal sale

Gauge 1 group

Digital Group Meeting

SMEE at London MEX "Ally Pally"

Council Meeting

Society General Meeting

Talk: “The Art of  Making a Problem” by Mary Crabb

Competition Day and Christmas Party

Polly competition to be held in am if sufficient entries

Digital Workshop Group

Council Meeting

Gauge 1 Group

Digital Workshop Group

Polly Course - Day 6

Society General Meeting

Talk: Conserving George Pyke’s 1765 Organ Clock (Rearranged from March)

By Malcolm Archer

Malcolm is a self-employed clockmaker based in West Dean. He is also Associate Tutor on the Clocks programme at West Dean College, providing tutoring and specialised training in small work such as carriage clocks. In 2014 he led a major collaboration between Leeds Temple Newsam House and West Dean College to conserve and restore George Pyke’s 1765 Organ Clock. The Pyke clock has a near eight-foot-high ebonised case containing the clock movement, an automaton dial and a barrel organ with wood and metal pipes. It plays music from a large rotating barrel with several thousand individual pins and bridges, each activating a note. Malcolm’s talk will describe the project, which involved craftsmen from almost every department of the College

Council Meeting

Rummage/Disposal sale

Viewing from 11:00.  Auction begins at 14;00.

Digital Workshop Group

SMEE at Midlands MEX

Polly course - day 5

Milling Course

Society General Meeting

Talk: Hallmarking: A Unique Blend of the Ancient and Modern

By Dr Robert Organ

The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office is responsible for the hallmarking of precious metal articles of jewellery and silverware. It also has a responsibility for testing the coins of the realm as part of the Trial of the Pyx.  Dr Organ has been the Deputy Warden since 2006.  He read Materials Science and Metallurgy at Cambridge University where he also completed a PhD. He also holds an MBA from Reading University, is a Member of the Institute of Metal Finishing and a Fellow and Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.  Hallmarking started in the United Kingdom 700 years ago.  Some of the techniques used today for hallmarking date back to the period when hallmarking started; others  use leading edge technologies.  The lecture will provide a fascinating insight into the  development of hallmarks and the hallmarking process.

Council Meeting

Guildford MES Running day at Stoke Park

Members and friends are very welcome, with or without something to run. 7 1/4, 5 and or 3 1/2″ gauge locos can be run on the track or traction engines on the large area of grass. A driving truck is required with locos and boiler test certificates are required to be seen on the day for all steam models.

Digital Workshop Group