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AndyH06/01/2022 21:37:19
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I'm new on here so thought i would introduce myself.

My name is Andy and i supervise (very hands on) at a welding/fabrication company in barnsley. I started off working on a lathe when i left school and did my apprenticeship and as time went on i drifted into the welding game and loved it ever since. My passion is engineering and i have always wanted to build locos and traction engines so last year i dug out my old tools and started gathering equipment, organised my workshop and bought a Myford 4" precision with plans to expand.

I'm interested in learning everything i can and developing my skills further so i thought this was the best place to start. I would like to join a club but don't know where to start to be honest.

Thanks for reading.


Michael Gilligan06/01/2022 21:53:08
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Welcome aboard, Andy


Brian H07/01/2022 08:32:15
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Hello Andy and welcome. I think that the nearest club to you will be Wortley Top Forge MES.

Give them a try.

What sort of thing are you hoping to build?


AndyH14/01/2022 09:07:23
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Thanks for the warm welcome.

Thanks Brian that's lovely i will give them a try. Well im just starting a 3.5" county carlow with intentions of maybe tackling 7.25" holmside too. I don't know anyone who is a model engineer to be honest so im a one man band at the moment so things could change as i make possibly make connections.

Howard Lewis14/01/2022 13:26:53
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Do find and join a M E Club. There you will find like minds, and will be able to exchange experiences, skills, and tools to help each other; in addition to the advice and banter on here.

A friend has a 7.25 Holmside. It';s a big beast!

Go for it!


Harry Wilkes14/01/2022 14:35:58
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Hi and welcome to the forum from West Mids


AndyH11/02/2022 18:30:54
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I will definitely go and see the guys up at wortley in the near future once my workshop is a bit more sorted.

The 1589 newstead engine that is currently being restored at spa valley has some sentimental value so the holmside is my main goal for the future.

alan ord 211/02/2022 20:38:31
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Hi Andrew, welcome to the forum. Just down the road from you in Doncaster. Have been meaning to go up to Wortley to check them out, if you go before I do give us an update. I am a member of Rotherham (RDMES) and also go to the open days at Sheffield and Chesterfield clubs. Both worth a visit, very well run and good clubs. If I can be of any assistance let me know. I often go up to Watts auction house in Barnsley for tools and equipment in their auctions.


AndyH28/02/2022 13:51:08
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Hi Alan hope your well. I was planning on calling in this weekend if nothing comes up so i will let you know. Brilliant i will give them a try. Ok thanks i have never heard of watts and i am struggling to get the right milling machine so i will try them out

noel shelley28/02/2022 14:40:22
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Welcome to the party, from N Norfolk ! Leeds has a club. This forum is the fount of all knowledge ! Noel

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