The latest issue of Model Engineer in the shops is issue 4574 (24 November 2017).

In this issue ...

Terence Holland visits the Flanders battlefields, Martin Gearing visits the Southern Federation autumn rally and Graham Sadler begins his beginners’ guide on how to buy and use a lathe.

Bob Reeves details how a new set of gears was cut for Wally and how he found the best way to ring Wally’s bells.

Steve Orchard explains how the water supply arrangements to the 7¼ inch gauge railway at the Lynton and Barnstaple railway were improved.

Ashley Best creates the canopy bends for the ends of the Bolton tram and shows how he fabricated the headlights and internal lighting.

Graham Sadler begins a new series, aimed at beginners, which explains how to buy, set up and use a metal working centre lathe.

Terence Holland visits the battlefields of Flanders, Arras and the Somme and investigates the narrow gauge railways that transported munitions, food , horse feed and everything else needed to feed the war machine.

Ramon Wilson continues work on the new boiler for his Wide-A-Wake steam launch by adding the flue and the water tubes.

Martin, Linda and George Gearing report from the Southern Federation autumn rally held this year at the Fareham club, where twenty locomotives were in steam.

Our cover picture shows Robert Knox's version of Jan Ridders' simple two stroke engine; within the magazine, Robert tells the story of its construction.