Today I enjoyed a busy day the the Harrogate exhibition. I'd like to thank Lou and Gavin Rex for their warm welcome. It was great to meet so many readers of MEW and the forums, as well as many of the traders. Sadly, I didn't have the time to get round everything or everyone. Here are some highlights (more to appear in MEW!)
This nice small rotary table by J Rhea was on the PEEMS stand, It looks like one from the College Engineering castings?
P Bramley exhibited a number of sets of tooling on the same club stand. Aside from PEEMS, workshop tooling was sadly under represented. Let's see some at Sandown this year!
Mark Noel's hi-tech mug will feature in MEW soon (hopefully he will wash it out first).
This wotsit was on the SMEE stand. Answers ona postcard, please?
J. Eva's remarkable scrapyard attracted a great deal of attention. Personally I think he's facing a huge task to get all those models into show condition.
It was good to meet up with the Ray MacMahon, who despite his claim to be a Luddite, had a pair of MP3 players generating authentic dockside sounds in full stereo! His wharf is now twice the size ias when featured in ME.
I also met the forum's Windy - Paul Windross. Not every day you get to photograph a world record holder? His biking exploits would fill an article as well...
I'd better include something for the live steam afficionados. This one is something Canine. A Pug or a Bulldog, perhaps? Seriously, a very beautiful loco indeed, Wolf of Badenoch.
As mentioned in Ed's Bench, I made a beeline for the SMEE Digital Workshop. Peter Edwards introduced me to this fascinating project which I hope to cover in more detail in MEW soon.
This Economy hit and miss engine was very smart. I'm afraid I have rather neglected stationary steam engines, which are probably my main interest!
What was my favourite in the exhibition? I was delighted to see a real Sno Cat in the Science Museum a few years ago (mercifully having escaped being replaced by a 'virtual experience'). This model was wonderful, including a full sled train and great docuimentation. Sadly, though I missed the builder's name.
Finally, here's one for my Dad - a total; deveotee of all things Vincent. A smashing model of a Vincent HRD V-twin
And that, quite honestly, barely scratches the surface.
|Harrogate 2014 in Pictures|
A taster of this year's exhibition By Neil Wyatt
by Neil Wyatt
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