At the Society members’ first meeting of 2017 on Friday 13th January, Mr Charles Pitt presented a talk describing his career and experiences on the London Underground as a signalman.
He started his career as a signal box boy, being a general help to the signalman, and keeping the signal box clean and tidy. He eventually rose through the ranks to have a signal box of his own to operate, and then on to being a train controller on several of the London Underground lines over the years as his service progressed. He described the working of various types of signal boxes over the years, and some of the incidents that occurred during his time working on the system. A very interesting evening, enjoyed by all the members
2014 or 2015 or 2016
We were visited by the U3A [University of the Third Age on Wednesday 14th June. The twenty members were given a talk on the history of the Society and a description of model engineering up to the present day. After a cup of tea, steam train rides were given to the visitors on both the elevated and ground level tracks. The locomotives used were an LNER B1 and an Evening Star. until the last of the visitors went home. The mileage covered on both tracks was approximately 4 miles each, and thoroughly enjoyed by our visitors.
The Society was represented at the Great Bentley annual show with a marquee of models on display on the village green on Saturday 3rd September. The village green is reputed to be the largest one in England. On display were a range of locomotives and rolling stock made by members. There were also some boats, aero engines and a ship in a bottle. The children were entertained with a Burrel traction engine giving rides around the show area, which was very popular.