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
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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.
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Boxing Day has now gone and the last steam up of 2017 has been run. There were enough people there at the Club to make it a complete success as far as I was concerned. In the steaming bays there was a short queue of loco,s waiting to have their turn on the tracks, enough to make it worth while coming to the meeting.
At this time of the year I normally look back at the last years running. During 2017 I have run my loco,s for 110 miles, yes real miles not scale ones, with no major problems. Odd bits have dropped off here and there, but nothing bad enough to stop me running.
Over 2017 I have attended five meetings of the Tuesday Club for Grand children and other kids. Some of the older children have been allowed to have a drive of the B1, closely supervised of course. The mileage run on these events has totalled almost 20 miles. These runs have been very enjoyable ones for me, seeing the kids so happy.
Other activities during the year were the party days, which I have attended five times. Here the mileage was almost 22 miles pulling the kids, and some of them were the same age as me, and I suspect a little older. Again, an enjoyable days running, and I am looking forward to the next two years running as we are fully booked up for parties in 2018 and 19.
Lastly, foreign tracks where we have been invited to run during 2017. I had two runs at the Chelmsford track where a total of 9 miles were run. One on their raised track and the second run on their ground level, and very smooth it was too.
All being well, I intend to run the driver experience evenings in 2018 if there is any desire from the Club members, using Sweet Pea again. I might bring along my B1 or Claud Hamilton for the later part of the summer so that members can have a drive of something else after they can drive S P. Finally, I would like to wish everyone a happy New Year, and I look forward to even more miles on the tracks during 2018. See you all there.