Once again it has simply been too long between updates. It is
not that we don't care it is just finding the time between work,
holidays and family.
Clark in a tipper truck. I get a lot of comments about the
above picture. I couldn't help but photograph Clark in the summer
holidays. We make all these lovely coaches and trucks and I find
him riding around in a tipper truck. Same boy just nearly 8 years
between the pictures.
New landline at the workshop.
After several attempts and
absolutely shocking service from BT Business we finally have the
line installed. As it is a different exchange from the old number
we can not port it over - see technical word there "port a
number". Sorry for the Twitter comments but BT business and
BT care became my followers. Shame they don't actually monitor
how horrendous their service is.
Latest is free line install and
first 3 months rental. Told "pay the install and first
rental bill and we then deduct it from subsequent bills".
Still we have a working line. If I don't answer then try again as
I might be grinding, drilling etc or nipped to the loo.
Ultimately you can still ring me on my mobile which generally
lives in my pocket.
It has been a roller coaster of a year for work. At the end of
July it tailed off and I was worried about the future. Everyone
who wanted stuff waited until I was on holiday and then ordered.
In the first two weeks of August we picked up over two months of
I did managed to get a couple of the new Industrial Hercules
bodies built. The first one had an added exhaust put on which
took over an hour to do. Won't do that again. The body includes
welded on door handles and raised side windows along with out
sustom grills. There are also cut out and raised surrounds for
led lights to be fitted. I would have taken better pictures but I
sold the engine at Bristol with out taking pictures on proper
||New 7 1/4" gauge bogies
Building the two
coaches for Northern Ireland last year it became apparent
that if you have bogies inside the coach frames you
needed a wide body to accommodate them. On a sit astride
coach the bodies ended up looking a bit flat topped.
After a visit to Mizens Farm in June (Thanks Rex for
excellent Junoirs Day) and using some of their sit
astride coaches it soon became clear you need internal
frames to reduce the width.
The new bogie offers anti vibration mounts and ball
transfer units to help it pivot.
days at Chingford. First friends and family and the next
Saturday Ride on Railways Day.
Big thanks to all at the club for hosting two great
Once again not many pictures but they have a good
website and an excellent webmaster. Just need to find the
time to update their website as well.
After this years success I hope to have another day
next year, hopefully away from the Friends and Family
Left - Chingford Belle. Not a club loco but by five
individuals. One of them now being my dad. Ron Manning
HARROW & WEMBLEY
Friends and Family Day
||This was our first time at the club. A
well recieved reception, smashing food and good running.
Would have been better if it hadn't rained all morning.
took our tram and a Hercules to play with. Pictured here
is Simon pulling a 5" gauge open truck. The loco is
based on our power bogies so there are 8 x 150w motors
Below Left - Jasper catching a ride on a battery jeep.
The children were made to feel very welcome which to me
is a sign of a good club
Below - the PW department have to be praised. I ran
across it on 7 1/4" and 5" gauge so I know it
From what was a casual invite we ended up with a whole days
running with two Hercules locos doing the entire shift of public
We were invited back to a small line in North West London.
Rather than suffer us all day we went to Beckonscot Model Village
for the morning.
|The gauge 1 railway around
the village was as always - spectacular. What had changed
from our last visit was the upgrading of the 7 1/4"
gauge railway. The landscaping and detailing added since
our last visit really makes this compact little railway
an interesting ride. Somtimes it is the smaller lines
that spend time on detailing really make for a great
railway atmosphere. If you visit look out for the
traverser in the engine shed and the turntable with a
point on it.
Small Garden Railway.
|Probably a bit rude of us but we arrived a bit late.
We couldn't believe how long we stayed at the model
Since our last visit Richard has created a
loop on his small line. Far from feeling like whizzing
around in circles the line has a gradient and a squeeze
between trees and the garage. All makes for a nice little
Right - Edward Thomas - Based on the Corris loco.
Steamed and ran exceptionally well.
Once again I didn't take any pictures at our open day. This
year we invited both Clark's and Jasper's school classes over.
Clark was extremely chuffed as his teacher actually came. As well
as the usual Scout group visit we had Clark's Beaver group come
on two evenings.
Sorry this year as we simply run out of time for a September
open day. We may possibly do an open eveing for a change with a
bit of night running. Watch this space as they say.
The last proper Model Engineeing Show we attended was
Harrogate in 2004. It was the second time we had attended the
show and with little follow up it proved to be an expensive
exercise. After spending years just getting our products out
there we decided to give another show a go. Partly because the
Bristol club seem to always be recommending us and partly because
their trade prices are under half of those for similar shows.
To keep costs down Andrena and I decided to camp for the
weekend. In the end we picked this lovely spot which was
absolutely ideal for us. A few seconds from the show and well
placed for the ammenities. Not sure on what people would be
interested in we probably took too much . The back stand took a
bit of space but was actually the car trailer on it's side.
It was a good learning curve and all being well we may attend
the London Show in January. At least for that show we won't have
any accomodation charges.
|Well the location was slap bang in the middle of the
car park. Still it served us well and I would like to
reserve it for next year.
||We were opposite a remote control lorry group.
Couldn't resist this picture because the little boy sat
on the lorry so well.
Altogether a good show. From what I saw there was a good mix
of trade, club and demonstrations. Given the amount of work given
for free to run this show I must take my hat off to the club and
hope they will have me back again..
In brief - it is full.
||A local gentleman got in touch looking
for good homes for the contents of his dads workshop.
Rather than just eaby the lot he preferred to try and
find good homes for items for a reasonable price.
bought the Myford lathe and I bought this milling
machine. It is big and heavy. Thanks to all those
involved in helping us get it into the workshop.
The workshop also saw the arrival of a belt sander and
a Flexiband Linisher in the last month. These were bought
secondhand to help prepare Hercules bodies for powder
coating. The powder coaters did me a sample body which
has shown up the need for more preperation to the metal.
Powder coating is reasonably cheap but any cost
savings are lost through the extra body preparation
required. We can not use filler so it all has to be close
joint or welded.
Next update I hope to have pictures of the progress.
Thats it for now