Where am I up to? 2014

On the evening of 18th September we were treated to yet another splendid evening at Thornton Hough where members had brought their 'work-in-progress'. Thirteen members were present and three tables were laden with projects with two heavier articles floor-standing.

All images © Les Dobbing


'Twin Victoria', AK brought a Stuart Turner design Twin Victoria horizontal engine mounted on a wooden plinth. This was, as usual, to A's very high standards.


'Pansy', AP brought a boilered chassis of a 5" Pansy and demonstrated the brass side tank which was another Malcolm High kit. Seemingly no advice was given as to which way it ought to be assembled so Alan had cleverly devised a way round the problem.

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Terrier , BS exhibited an almost complete 7¼" Terrier tank engine mounted on a much-needed sturdy floor-standingbuilding frame.(2pics)

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GWR King, IJ brought his 3½" GWR King 4-6-0, this is a 4-cylinder design and is beautifully crafted with fine details as we have come to expect from him. He also had brought the brass tender body, laser cut from Malcolm High,and defied the rivet counters! (2 pics)


Merchant Navy tender chassis, DE presented the tender chassis for his 5" Merchant Navy - perhaps he may be able to relegate the fish tank! (2pics)


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in addition we have LW's Dohlpur Loco at Royden Park (2pics)

AD had brought one of the now completed driving wheels for his current traction engine. Stood on the floor this evoked the comment 'so this is your unicycle project'. Good to understand what the mysterious rollings that were going on in our park workshop. He had also brought some home-made patterns for components to be cast.

BH displayed his 5"g Class 5400 Prairie Tank engine chassis mounted on a building frame, this showed the advantages of such a piece of kit in ease of handling for access to the innards. He hopes to finish it in his lifetime!

LD displayed the tender chassis for his Stirling Single. It will look good when complete and married to the already finished engine. Much thought had gone into the assembly of this engine.

The evening ran itself with members freely explaining and sharing their hints and tips - so good to see, and knowing that is what our Society should be about. Thanks go to all who exhibited and the effort required to get them there - a great evening!       Alan Pennell


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