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Friday 23 January  meeting - Distilling Black Gold

Friday 27 March  meeting - VTOL

Friday 27 March  meeting - VTOL

Four locomotives were run on the ground level track by the Colchester visitors which were as follows.   Two LNER B1`s, a Nigel Gresley, and an American Diesel outline Union Pacific locomotive in 7 1/4” gauge.  Rather a large good looking locomotive, to say the least.  A return trip for the Harrow and Wembley Society was suggested for the near future at the Colchester track site.  I must say a big `thank you` to the inventors of the Sat  Nav,  for without one we would not have been able to have found the track site in the North London streets.

Geoff King


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At the the Friday night meeting on 23rd October the Society was presented with a talk by Mr Peter Sillett.  His subject was the World War One aerodrome at a remote part of Essex called Stow Maries, which is near to Maldon in Essex. The airfield was opened in 1916 to respond to the threat of bombing by the Zeppelin airships and the German Gotha bombers.  Using two short films Peter showed the members the airfield  as it was and how it is now.

Using photos he showed his audience some of the station personnel, the aircraft that they flew,  and their accommodation on the airfield.    The airfield provided both day time and night time patrols over Essex and is credited with the downing of  a Zeppelin at Theberton in Suffolk.    This was the last airship to be brought down during the Great war in 1917.   The aerodrome was closed in 1919 and then abandoned back to farming.

Peter finished his talk describing the work of volunteers who are slowly restoring the dilapidated buildings remaining on the site.   More information can be found at their web site at www.stowmaries.org.uk

Geoff  King    

OCTOBER  

The annual night run took place on Saturday 31st October. Severn locomotives were run during the evening,  four steamers and three Diesel outline battery powered locomotives.     Running steam locomotives in the dark requires a constant attention to the signal colour lights,  the driver being unable to see what is ahead due to the steam obliterating his view of the track ahead. The evening ended with a fish and chips supper in the clubhouse.  Very tasty it was too.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


Geoff King

Member Don Black presented a talk entitled Distilling Black Gold.    The talk was a follow up on his previous talk on drilling for oil in the North Sea.     He started from the oil well “xmas tree”, a name given to the collection of valves used at the top of the well to control the oil.         From there he described the process of extracting the oil and how the flow was maintained.      The process of separating the unwanted impurities from the oil was described, which are water, gas, sand, and other chemicals which come up from the depths of the earth.     The methods of cleaning the pipeline to the terminal was also shown,  stopping the build up of  unwanted deposits onto the pipeline from the oil rig. The  reason for the gas flare burning on the rig was described. Don finished his talk with describing the basics of how the oil is broken down into usable components, petrol ,gas, fuel oil, and the many chemicals and drugs obtained from North Sea oil by distillation in the oil refinery.

Geoff  King

 




    


Friday 23 January  meeting - Distilling Black Gold

Friday 27 March  meeting - VTOL

On Saturday 26th July members attended the open weekend at the Canvey Island Club for a steam up.  Colchester ran three locos, which were as follows:  the  club’s Sweet Pea was run by Gordon,  Geoff had his B1 in steam, running a total of 6 ½  miles.  David had his Simplex out on the track at the same time.   A very enjoyable day out for all in lovely weather.

On Thursday 29th July some other members of the Society had a tour of a local factory, who specialised in the manufacture of toothpaste tubes.    The members were able to watch the high speed machinery in action.  That is, if your eyes could follow what was happening,  the rate of production was so fast.   A fascinating evening for everyone.

Geoff King



September has been a busy month for the members of the Colchester Society of Model Engineers.   The first event,  held on 5th September,  was the annual Great Bentley Show held on the village green.   This is reputed to be the biggest village green in England, so there was ample space for everyone.    Members displayed a good mixture of models,  ranging from a 7 ¼” model of a Union Pacific's diesel, several 5” gauge steam locomotives,  model Thames barges and a variety of other stationary engines.

 The next day [6th September] the club members opened the track site for a Friends and Family's Day.   The club members were able to invite their friends and family members to a steam up.     This was a very well attended event and was obviously enjoyed by all judging by the comments overheard by the club members.

 On 19th September the club held a Meet the Neighbours Day, when the residents of the surrounding housing estate were all invited to a day of riding the trains.   The track site was opened for train rides at 11am and did not close until 4pm, and the trains were full to capacity all day, running almost non-stop.   The number of visitors was counted at the gate as nearly 300.   A tiring but very enjoyable day for all, both members and visitors alike

 The winter programme of talks will commence in the month of October on a very varied range of topics.    See Winter Talks & Events Diary  for what is on and when.   New members always welcome to come along.

Geoff   King

SEPTEMBER


Six members of our  Society travelled to the Harrow and Wembley Society for a get-together and a `steam up`.


Four locomotives were run on the ground level track by the Colchester visitors which were as follows.   Two LNER B1`s, a Nigel Gresley, and an American Diesel outline Union Pacific locomotive in 7 1/4” gauge.  Rather a large good looking locomotive, to say the least.  A return trip for the Harrow and Wembley Society was suggested for the near future at the Colchester track site.  I must say a big `thank you` to the inventors of the Sat  Nav,  for without one we would not have been able to have found the track site in the North London streets.

Geoff King


On Friday meeting on 23rd October the Society was presented with a talk by Mr Peter Sillett.  His subject was the World War One aerodrome at a remote part of Essex called Stow Maries, which is near to Maldon in Essex. The airfield was opened in 1916 to respond to the threat of bombing by the Zeppelin airships and the German Gotha bombers.  Using two short films Peter showed the members the airfield  as it was and how it is now.

Using photos he showed his audience some of the station personnel, the aircraft that they flew,  and their accommodation on the airfield.    The airfield provided both day time and night time patrols over Essex and is credited with the downing of  a Zeppelin at Theberton in Suffolk.    This was the last airship to be brought down during the Great war in 1917.   The aerodrome was closed in 1919 and then abandoned back to farming.

Peter finished his talk describing the work of volunteers who are slowly restoring the dilapidated buildings remaining on the site.   More information can be found at their web site at www.stowmaries.org.uk

Geoff  King    

OCTOBER  

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 On Friday 4th November  members were entertained by Mr Honeywood who is a technician working for the London Underground system.   His subject was the 150 years celebration of the underground system.    With photographs and several short films,  he described the background to the history of the underground system from the 1800`s to the present day.    The problems of the organisation of the celebrations were described and how the original carriages and rolling stock were prepared for the  celebrations. Of real interest to the members  were the steam locomotives used in the event through the tunnels, some of which were genuine London Transport locomotives preserved from the olden days of steam on the underground and District Lines.   The restoration of olden carriages was shown from some of the preservation Societies who have a selection around the country. The evening ended with a question and answer period before the usual tea and biscuits.           

Geoff King

On Friday 20th the Society was presented with a fascinating talk by Mr Don Allen.    His talk was about the building of  Union Pacific railway locomotive number 6900 which is now owned by a Colchester member.  The original locomotive was nearly 100 feet long, making a model in 7 ¼ inch gauge to be 12ft 6 inches long, and weighing 12cwt.  Using six car batteries driving  16 motors [one on each axle], this is a most impressive model, to say the least. Don discussed the problems that he had building the model, which took him 9510 hours to build. He showed his audience the jigs and methods that he used to fabricate all the parts, and the various formers that he used to form the body work of the locomotive.    The methods of  the bending of various pieces of the loco was shown, such as the large number of hand rails around the locomotive. The evening ended with films taken on the Union Pacific Railroad of the original locomotive in service.    Also of the model running on various tracks pulling passengers with a very big smile on their faces.  The Society thanked Don with a resounding round of applause to close the club night.


Geoff King

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The Society was presented with an illustrated talk by Mr J Pyle of the Boxted Airfield Historical Society. Boxted Airfield was a wartime American air base just outside  Colchester in the 1940s conflict. His subject was vertical take off and landing [VTOL] of all different types of helicopters and aircraft from the 1930s up to the present day. Illustrated with slide pictures he described the early experiments with VTOL, some of which were abject failures, while others were more successful.

The reasons for some of the failures were discussed in detail . The modern air ships and autogiros were shown and the advantages of each type was described. His talk finished with a question and  answer  session followed by tea with members.

Geoff King

JULY - visits by club members

The Society ended the year with a quiz and a party for members and their partners on December 18th.    The quiz questions were set by Mick Wadmore and were on general knowledge, but there were not many of them that I could answer.    The quiz was followed by party nibbles, mulled wine,  and then by a raffle organised by member Alan Illett.     The party raised the sum of £95--00  pounds which has been passed on to local charities.

The traditional steam up on Boxing day was blessed with perfect weather, being a mild day with sunshine all day.    A total of Severn locomotives were run during the day, three on the ground level and four on the elevated track.   The visitors who attended were all given rides which was very popular with the children present.

 I would like to end the year by wishing you all a happy new year,     I look forward to many more laps of the tracks during 2016 and some new loco`s to look at through the coming months.  

  Geoff   King    

DECEMBER

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