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Fri 22 February - new Boiler Examination Scheme  explained

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

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 - Family Day

Sun 12 May -Visit to Basingstoke Club

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 - Visit by Peterborough Society

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 - AGM

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-election, was replaced by Mrs Yvonne Chappel.    The remaining Directors of the Company were reappointed by a block vote of the members

Fri 12 April - Talk entitles Boiler making without tears

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 -Visit to Museum of Power

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 - Party

Sun 23 June -Visit by Basingstoke Club

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

See photo here

Sat 13 & Sun 14 July - GL5 AGM at CSMEE

Sat 27 June - Visit to Norwich Club

Sat 27 June - Party

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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 - Five Parishes Show

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-night, it was decided that we erect the Gazebo on Sunday morning.

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-to there.

After a long hot day at 4-30 pm we started to pack up the members models and dismantle the Gazebo, we were off the site shortly after five.

Thank you to all of those members that again help make this a success in promoting the activities of the CSMEE.

Mick Wadmore

Exhibition Manager   

See photos here

Sun 1 September - Family Day

Sat 31 August - Great Bentley Show

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-out of members and their models was the best of the year.  

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- standing members.

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 4-30 pm we started to pack up the members’ models and dismantle the Gazebo. We were off the site shortly after five.

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.

Mick Wadmore

Exhibition Manager  

See photos here

Fri 1 February - Informal presentation of Accounts

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 - Annual Auction

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 - Visit to Model Engineering Exhibition, London

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 - Children’s Party

Sun 8 September - Meet the Neighbours Day

Sat 21 September - Children’s Party

Fri 25 October - Night Run and Fish and Chip Supper

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-thirty, we started to set up our displays in the Club House, together with the necessary signalling and other track work, Jack’s Barbeque stand etc. and, thanks to the help from the members together with some of their wives, all was ready to welcome our guests by the scheduled start time of 11.30. Just after the appointed hour we signed in our first guests and  trains were standing by ready to give rides on both the raised and ground level tracks. The ladies in the kitchen were also standing by to dispense tea, coffee and light refreshments.

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-day Jack and Jackie Manning together with Keith Paine started serving their delicious Burgers from the barbeque stall. This continued, frantic at times, until rain stopped play shortly before three o’clock.

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-up to the cover of the club’s garage.

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-back received from our guest as they left was that they had had a fantastic and enjoyable day and looked forward to being invited a similar day next year.

Mick Wadmore, Exhibition Manager  

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Fri 13 December - History of the B26 Bomber

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-opens next summer.          Geoff King

Fri 29 November - Aston Martin Engines

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 - Sand Casting

Fri 1 November - Model Wheelwrights


was steady demand at the barbeque stall, and there were remarks as to how tasty the food was.