Rhys Owen is a volunteer on this French preserved railway. [Read Full Story]
Duncan Webster and Paul Middlehurst co-operatively create a useful device. [Read Full Story]
Keith Wraight weighs things up at Colchester. [Read Full Story]
The Model Engineer Exhibition, the highlight of every model engineer’s year, opened on 13th December 2013. I hope a lot of readers were able to make it along to see an absolutely first class display of models. There were a few headaches trying to accommodate everything but it all came together extremely well and there were some outstanding highlights! I spent three days there and still didn't quite manage to see everything.
The Model Engineer Exhibition prize winners’ table is printed in full in Issue 4476 together with the first part of the General Engineering Classes Judges’ Report. I hope readers are finding this approach a pleasant change this year. I shall be reporting on exhibits that were on display on the club stands in future issues.
This year's Exhibition dates are 12, 13, 14 Decmber. See you there!
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… Peter Chadwick, whose vertical stationary engine featured in Model Engineer last year, is slowly turning his back yard into a three dimensional diorama depicting a typical East Lancashire textile mill. He describes the construction of his mill chimney, without which, of course, the fire in the Lancashire boiler would not draw!
On a more sombre not, Stuart Merton writes about the Titanic tragedy and the museum in Cobh - formerly Queenstown - that tells another story.
Terence Holland looks ahead to springtime in the garden with a slightly whimsical item for guarding the geraniums (or are they pelargoniums?) from possible attack - an ornamental cannon!
Neil Wyatt takes us through the process of photo etching finely detailed makers plates and Anthony Mount continues with the next part of his series on the 1880 Garrett stationary engine. All this and much more - as they say...
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We are sad to report that Peter Rich, known to many as 'Taff', passed away in early February. He had been poorly for some time although, when I last spoke to him, he was in reasonable spirits but in hospital. Peter was a long time contributor to these pages, most recently publishing his designs for the GWR Dean Single and Armstrong models. He was an acknowledged expert on GWR locomotives and in recent years had produced drawings for full size Great Western Society (GWS) new build projects such as the Saint. His disability in recent times prevented the more active involvement with the GWS but over the years he had been involved in extracting locomotives from the famous scrap yard at Barry, South Wales. Not limited to the GWR, he was assisting the LMS Patriot project too. Peter will be sorely missed, not only by model engineers but also by railway preservationists and enthusiasts. His model engineering drawings and parts continue to be available through Polly Model Engineering. We extend our sincere condolences to his wife Maureen and daughter Helen. My thanks go to Pete Thomas for help with this obituary; Pete is hopeful that, at some point in the future, he might be able to pull together the remaining drawings to complete the GWR locomotive projects that had been running in Model Engineer.
In the next issue we start a new series by Anthony Mount; Cotswold Heritage are about to launch their latest design by Anthony - an 1880 Garrett Stationary Engine. Always a popular writer, this series is bound to be of interest to many readers, whether they wish to make the engine or not, for the pleasure of reading Anthony's text and drawings.
We have a follow up to a recent article on the Titanic but, once again, it's the less well documented story that features.
Terence Holland turns his attention to the Spring garden and Cliff Almond presents a short article on the Golden Ratio. Neil Wyatt will be describing how to photo etch nameplates with a step by step guide and, in the workshop, Don Allen avoids any further bloodshed (yes ... bloodshed!).
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