Colchester Society of Model
& Experimental Engineers Ltd
Fri 22 February -
Mike Gipson explained the new Boiler inspection scheme which changed 1st Jan 2013, followed by a Discussion re Exhibitions and Parties and Ten Minute Talks by members on what they are doing in the workshop and discuss any problems.
Fri 1 March -
Members’ Models Night See Photos here
The Society members entertained the members of the Sudbury Gateway Club, which is part of the Mencap Organisation. Steam train rides were given to the people who visited the Society during the afternoon on both the ground level and raised tracks. See photos here.
Sun 12 May -
Sun 12 May -
The Colchester Model engineers travelled by car down to Basingstoke for a "steam up" and social exchange between the Clubs. The Colchester members ran six locomotives throughout the day, five steamers and one Diesel outline locomotive.
There will be a return visit to Colchester of the Basingstoke club on Sunday 23rd June. For details of other events to be held in Colchester please phone Geoff on 01206 822735.
Sun 28 April -
The Society invited the members of the Peterborough Society to the Colchester track site for a “steam up”. The Peterborough members ran six locomotives of various scales of both Diesel and steam powered types using both the raised and ground level tracks throughout the day
Fri 26 April -
On Friday 26th April the Society members held their AGM in the club house. The Secretary, Mr Jon Mottershaw, who did not stand for re-
Fri 12 April -
Member Mr Norman Barber presented a talk entitled “Boiler making without tears”.
Illustrated with photographs he discussed all aspects of boiler making for the home construction of miniature locomotive boilers. The various types of copper , silver solders, and the heat required to melt the solder were described. The flanging of the corners of the flat plates was described for the firebox, and how to fit the necessary stays into the firebox sides. This was followed by how to test the boiler for any possible leaks and the safety of the boiler when pressured with steam.
Sun 31 March -
On Easter Sunday the members of the Colchester SMEE attended the Museum of Power open day and Classic Car Rally held at the Langford water pumping house near Maldon in Essex. Models made by the club members were on display. A wide range of model locomotives were shown in two places on the site. The LARGE triple expansion pumping engine preserved there was run in steam by the museum staff at intervals throughout the day. Also running on compressed air were the many examples of stationary steam engines in the collection. In another area the examples of large oil engines in the museum were being run by the staff. See Photos here
Sun 16 June -
Sun 23 June -
The members of the Basingstoke model engineering Society made their return visit to the track site of the Colchester Society on Sunday 23rd June. The visitors ran their locomotives on both the elevated and the ground level tracks, using steam and battery powered electric Diesel outline locomotives throughout the day. Also running on the tracks were a small selection of scale rolling stock
Sat 13 & Sun 14 July -
Sat 27 June -
Sat 27 June -
On Saturday the Colchester Model engineers travelled to Norwich for an inter club meeting and "steam up" on the Norwich club tracks. The Colchester members ran six steam locomotives, using both the raised and the extensive ground level tracks. Locomotives run were a Juliet, a Britannia, two LNER class B1, a Nigel Gressley and a LBSC single wheeler. The Norwich Society will make a return visit to the Colchester Society on the 17th August for a "steam up" on the Societies tracks. For further details contact Geoff on 01206 822735. Visitors welcome to view events on the day
Sun 4 August -
Again, the Colchester Society of Model & Experimental Engineers put on a display of members’ model’s at this year’s “5 Parishes Show”, held on the Monkwick Ranges, Fingringhoe on Sunday the 4th August.
We had intended to erect our Gazebo on Saturday afternoon, however due to the high wind we encountered when we arrived and together with the forecast of higher winds expected over-
Sunday morning the high winds had dropped and it was fine dry and sunny, which lasted throughout the day, i.e. NO rain a first for us at the 5 Parishes Show.
The normal stalwarts were present assisting with the display of their models comprised of Live Steam Locomotives, Stationary Steam Engines, Boats, etc. and, or assisting with the Stewarding of our stand throughout the day. This year three members, Terry Gardiner Julian Staunton and Robert Geoghegan, new to the Exhibition programme came along offering their assistance and joining in the fun?
As usual we had a large number of visitors throughout the day, and again this included the current Mayor and Mayoress of Colchester who both spend time showing an interest in the models on display, and the CSMEE activities in general. In fact they have made a request to visit our Lexden club site and see what we get up-
After a long hot day at 4-
Thank you to all of those members that again help make this a success in promoting the activities of the CSMEE.
Sun 1 September -
Sat 31 August -
This year’s “Great Bentley Show” was held on Saturday the 31st August 2013.
Again, the Colchester Society of Model & Experimental Engineers put on a display of members’ models at this year’s show.
As this was the last exhibition of 2013, the turn-
In addition to the usual model display, we had models not seen before including a nearly completed 5” gauge WD Austerity (the “THING”) being constructed jointly by two of our long-
We erected the Society’s Gazebo by 10.30 on a warm and sunny morning which continued to be glorious and dry throughout the rest of the day.
As usual we had a large number of visitors throughout the day, who showed a great deal of interest in the models on display.
We handed out a large number of the Society’s flyers, and also a lot of interest was shown regarding the “Children’s Birthday Party” leaflets.
After a long hot day, at 4-
Finally, I would like to thank all of those members that again help make this a success in promoting the activities of the CSMME Ltd.
Fri 1 February -
Treasurer David Cox made his annual informal presentation of the Company accounts to appraise members of the financial status of the organisation ahead of the presentation of the final accounts for the year at the AGM at the end of April. There were no unpleasant surprises to alarm members and it was apparent that the birthday parties held during the year had made a useful contribution to income. David recommended a modest increase in subscriptions for 2014 and the members present indicated that they would be in favour of accepting this recommendation if presented to the AGM.
Fri 15 February -
This was the occasion of the annual auction, conducted in his usual efficient way by Hugh Mothersole supported by his band of porters and accountants. This year many of the items on offer were from the workshop of Graham Austin who is scaling down his modelling activities due to declining health. A total of 150 lots came under the hammer. Since all of the items submitted for auction were cleared on this occasion the reserve date for a second auction was not required and the programme original scheduled for 18th January was substituted for 22nd February.
Sun 20 January -
This Sunday was the occasion of the annual Club pilgrimage to the London Model Engineering Exhibition at Alexandra Palace. This year the weather was a source of some anxiety, the Club meeting scheduled for the previous Friday evening having been cancelled and snow forecast for later in the day on Sunday.
The snow materialised soon after leaving the Club house and continued all day. Whilst it did not present any problem to the coach some of us had a tricky drive home in the evening.
By 11.15 a.m. visitors were waiting at the gates ready to explore the site and take train rides. Locos and trolleys were still being prepared but soon the gates were opened. A steady stream of visitors signed the visitors’ book and by the end of the event there had been 168 family members, who were very complimentary of the experience and were keen to be invited to next year’s event. The weather was reasonably kind and the few showers held off until just gone 2 p.m. when the club house became full of visitors enjoying cups of tea or coffee and biscuits with the children having squash. When the rain eased up a few stalwarts took some more rides. During the day there
There were several visitors who declared an interest in possibly becoming members of the society.
Those visiting for the first time were very impressed with the site, and were surprised to see the extent of the tracks and variety of locos and ‘rolling stock’. We were pleased to welcome Colchester’s Mayor and Mayoress.
The smiles and thanks of visitors leaving the site showed that all had a good time and thanks go to the society members for their hard work and enthusiasm, which went into making the day the success which it most certainly was.
Sat 14 September -
Sun 8 September -
Sat 21 September -
Fri 25 October -
There was a disappointing turn out for the night run , probably due to the inclement weather forecast. The members ran only four locos, three steamers and one Diesel outline loco. The evening finished with a fish and chips supper, enjoyed by the rather wet yet happy members present . Geoff King
We had handed out invitation to each of our 113 near neighbours in President Road and the other roads close to our Lexden site.
From the initial response to our invitations it appeared that we were going to have a better attendance than last year, in fact when handing out the invitations some of our neighbours stated that they now plan their holidays around our event!
In addition to invitations to our near neighbours, we also handed out some “special” invitations to those that had expressed an interest in visiting our site during exhibition sand display programmes held at the summer shows.
In addition to operating passenger rides on both the raised and ground level tracks, we also had a small show of members work in the club house.
Shortly after nine-
Throughout the day there was a steady arrival of our invited guests of all ages, over one hundred and eighty in all. It was noted that many of our guests arrived earlier than last year. This may have been due to the weather forecast predicting rain later in the afternoon.
Rides were given throughout the day by two trains operating on both raised and ground level tracks. From shortly after mid-
At twelve midday, the Mayor and Mayoress of Colchester arrived to be met and introduced to the Management Council, who then showed them around the facilities we enjoy at our Lexden site. In addition to being shown around our club house and the working of the ground level signal box, the Mayor and Mayoress also enjoyed train rides on both the raised and ground level tracks, before leaving after spending nearly two hours with us. Shortly after the Mayor and Mayoress left it started to rain. This turned heavy at times so the barbeque “chefs” transferred their set-
Most of our guests had departed by the closing time of three o’clock, when we started t o pack–up. The site was cleared by four.
I would like to thank all those members and their wives who put in the effort to make this year’s“Meet the Neighbours Day” such a resounding success. The feed-
Mick Wadmore, Exhibition Manager
Fri 13 December -
The Society was entertained By Mr Jon Camp, who described the work of the wartime Boxted airfield, on the outskirts of Colchester. The airfield was an American airbase flying B26 (Maruader light bombers) in WWII. Jon described the w rk of the Boxted Airfield Museum and the exhibits on view, and showed pictures of the airfield personnel taken in the 1940s. Also shown we slides of the aircraft, their armament and other features and events until the airfield closed in the 1950s. Colchester Club members hope to arrange an exchange visit to the museum when it re-
Fri 29 November -
Member Peter Bohn described his activities making high performance enhancing spares and repairing the engines of Aston Martin cars. He also bought along number of parts that he had made and showed slides of an engine undergoing an overhaul. Also on show were parts that he had cast form his own patterns. Geoff King
Fri 15 November -
Fri 1 November -
was steady demand at the barbeque stall, and there were remarks as to how tasty the food was.