news letter

Lincoln & District Model Engineering Society              

Providing a forum for miniature  engineering enthusiasts since 1933

    A Company limited by Guarantee, Registered in England No. 08374250

Newsletter – November 2019

 

Dear Members,

Better late than never! A bit tied up lately including a trip to the Cardiologist at Northern General Hospital, Sheffield. Nothing untoward there, but combining it with a visit to Meadowhall was a bit fraught. Didn’t realise it was Black Friday!

Lincolnshire Co-op Community Champions

Many thanks to everyone who supported this, but sad to say that we were not successful

 Santa Specials 8th & 15th December 2019 12noon to 3pm.

Our next big fundraising events. If you can come and help, please do. Even beforehand, there are still loads of leaves to clear from the track – this Thursday or the morning of 8th. The heavy rain has not helped. It brought all the leaves down very quickly and left them sodden so that the blower was useless. The station area is clear, but the rest of the circuit needs tackling.

OWE Traction Engine Coordinator

A new person needed for 2020. Andrew Matthews will work with the new volunteer to show them the ropes.

Lincolnshire Steam and Vintage Rally

In response to the problems caused by travellers at this year’s show there will be several changes for the 2020 show:

  • no paying at the gate for visiting caravans
  • caravans towed by vans or high sided commercial vehicles not allowed! We need clarification on this because most miniature TE exhibitors tow with vans.
  • souvenir models to be discontinued
  • new security firm both on gates and also providing 24 hour cover.
  • date changed to 22nd & 23rd August

News from Scarle

Cladding the outside of the mess room walls has taken place and tidying up of the compound tunnel ready for the 8th.Unfortunately, most Thursdays have been very wet preventing much outside activity. Bob and Chairman Roger have replaced the fence between gate and workshop where the water tank previously stood.

Track renewal will commence again in the New Year. Usual warning about track availability

Christmas recess

After the Santa Specials on 15th December the Thursday morning group will start their Christmas / New Year break and reassemble on Thursday 9th January.

Meetings

 December: No meeting at North Scarle – those who have booked are having a Christmas Dinner instead.

 No Society Meeting in January

Next meeting: Wednesday 5th February – no details as yet.

Merry Christmas,

Neil

 

 Newsletter – October 2019

 

Dear Members,

 

Somewhat earlier this month because of the first Item; The Railway Inn is wanting numbers.

 

Christmas Dinner

 

This year, a room has been booked at The Railway Inn, Station Road Thorpe on the Hill for Thursday 5th December. It will be in the evening, time to be confirmed. Please note that this is a Thursday. Menu attached. 30 places have been reserved on a first come basis. Please let me know if you are attending with your choices. Deposits to be sorted later.

 

Lincolnshire Co-op Community Champions

 

Voting will continue until 21st October.

 

If you have not already done so, please vote for the Society www.lincolnshire.coop/ccvote and ask friends and family to do so as well.

 

Santa Specials 8th & 15th December 2019 12noon to 3pm.

 

Put these in your diary. Help is needed on the days and immediately to help set up the grotto.

 

Scrap

 

The Scrap Yard that we used in Newark has closed. The price we got for steel/iron at a new site makes it not worthwhile carting this. Please now only bring non-ferrous scrap and batteries to Scarle. We can still get a good price for these.

 

OWE Traction Engine Coordinator: A new person needed for 2020. Andrew Matthews will work with the new volunteer to show them the ropes.

 

News from Scarle

 

A lot of effort has gone into the mess-room roof and this is now finished. The water tank has also been moved so that it is more convenient for watering the flower beds adjacent to Swinderby Road. It just needs plumbing in. Come and have a look at the mess-room. It really does “look the part” both inside and out..

 

Whilst the majority have been working on the roof, Lawrence, Terry and Colin have been relaying the track on the hedge side just beyond the tunnel. Remember my warning from last month; if you want to come and run a loco, check first that the circuit is complete.

 

Next Meeting

 

November 6th Monthly meeting in North Scarle Village Hall. (7 for 7.30pm) – a video night.

 

 

Finally a grovel to David Brooks. With all that I have had to deal with lately, I forgot to add this to the last Newsletter:

 

For Sale because of health problems:

 

¾” Scale “Alchin” Traction Engine

Currently dismantled

Original boiler suspect – replacement part built

 

Workshop tools, taps and dies also available

Model of a hay bailer

 

Contact details: John on 01526 833546 (Ruskington)

Neil

Newsletter – September 2019

 

Dear Members,

 

Lincolnshire Co-op Community Champions

 

Voting has started and will continue until 21st October.

 

Got it slightly wrong (word of mouth and all that!). The application is specifically towards the cost of the new mess room roof. In the request, Liz reminded the administrators of the valuable service that the Society provides to the local community such as giving train rides annually for hundreds of children including many that are disadvantaged. Please vote for the Society www.lincolnshire.coop/ccvote and ask friends and family to do so as well.

 

Open Weekend 21st & 22nd September

 

Still reeling a bit after the Open Weekend. How Andrew Matthews and his team kept their cool, I do not know. First of all a caravan group turned up for a meet that was supposed to have been cancelled and claimed the entire field. Then a football team turned up to play a game and it took a call to the FA to agree that the venue was changed from “home” to “away”. Many thanks to Barry Quibble, Chairman of the Village Hall & Playing Field Committee, for his help in sorting this out on our behalf. Then the weather; the forecast is fairly accurate these days. We were promised a great day on the Saturday, and it was. Sunday was to be something else! So Plan B: parades, road run and award ceremony all to take place on the Saturday. Sunday was, as forecast, quite wet. Only four brave souls steamed up their traction engines that day and the railway was a steam free zone. We all gathered round Andy Hobbins traction engine to keep warm before packing up and departing.

 

Thanks once again to Peter Adams and Keith (Tiny) Flinton for adding their professional touch once again this year, to Andrew Matthews and Brian West for organising the exhibitors, the ladies for the food and everyone else who helped over the weekend.

 

It was great to see Ben Clarke with the well advanced chassis of his 7.25” Linda now that Ben is in so much better health. In steam next year Ben?

 

The awards:

 

Lincoln Steam Cup (best road vehicle) Peter Nixon, from Newton Alfreton in Derbyshire with his 3” Burrell.

St Marks Cup (best railway exhibit) Yours truly with my Polly 1 “Susan”.
Brian Ives Trophy (Society member for 2019) Yours Truly again. This year, the guys named our Hymek 45633 Aden to remind me of the Preston (10B/24K) stalwart 4-6-0 Jubilee.

North Scarle Shield (best other exhibit) Keith (Tiny) Flinton for his many year’s supporting us at our OWE.
Challenge Cup (best in show) Yours truly again!

 

 

Other Events:

 

  • Daisy Maid, Skellingthorpe 1st Again, the weather ruined the event. Our portable track was appreciated by the brave souls who persevered and it gave an opportunity to tell the public about our set-up at Scarle. It was also good practice driving up a decent gradient on a wet rail!

 

  • Wednesday 4th Speaker – Simon Lomax from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch based in Derby. An excellent talk in front of a large audience. A great start to our “Winter Programme”. An important thing that we learnt was that the RAIB does not prosecute. Their aim is to lessen the chances of a similar incident occurring again in the future.

 

  • “Bucket Day” 15th September This was supposed to be on 29th but we were asked to change. Another group couldn’t make 15th. How fortuitous this turned out to be; we had a good day grossing over £300 (bucket and train rides), whilst the car boot on 29th was rained off. Big thanks to Andy Hobbins once again for leading the car parking.

 

News from Scarle

 

Work on the mess room continues and should soon be complete. The gardening is coming on leaps and bounds both beside Swnderby Road and at the new station. I think that I am winning the battle with the weeds. A scrap run was undertaken. Chairman Roger and myself discovered that the scrap yard behind Newark’s Aldi has closed, but we were redirected to another yard in the town. Most of the rest of the activities centered around the OWE.

 

Caution: We are now entering the “closed season”. There are plans to do track maintenance. It is always good to see members and their locos at Scarle, but please check if there is track available if you are planning to run.

 

Future Events

 

October 2nd Our monthly meeting in North Scarle Village Hall. (7 for 7.30pm) will be videos.

 

November 6th Monthly meeting in North Scarle Village Hall. (7 for 7.30pm) – topic to be decided

 

Thursday December 5th (note not Wednesday) Our Christmas Dinner. This year this will be at The Station Hotel, Thorpe on the Hill. Details to follow when I know them – hopefully after next Thursday’s Committee Meeting.

 

Sundays 8th & 15th December Our Santa Specials. All the help we can muster, so put these dates in your diaries, smartphones, iPads or whatever now.

Neil

Newsletter – August 2019

Dear Members,

Writing this after just arriving back from a holiday in Norfolk; a bit of a pilgrimage to re-acquaint myself with the “South Leverton” Standard Mogul. For those not in the know: 76084 was rescued from Barry by Phil Rollin and placed in his front garden where it lived for many years before going and being returned to running order. It now resides on the North Norfolk Railway. Indeed, it is their engine that is passed for running on BR.

August has been a very significant month for the Society:

  • Wednesday 7th August: a very well attended running evening. Once again, the weather did not let us down.
  • Hartsholme Park Fun Day 11th August – portable track – ran without a hitch. Threatened rain all day, which kept some people away, but we came away happy.
  • Lincoln Steam Rally 17th & 18th August – well represented by the members both with our stand and several model traction engines.
  • Zoe Ives PAACT Group – 29th August . – (got the initials right this time). Stands for Parents And Autistic Children T Ran trains for them at Scarle.
  • Meanwhile, there was also a session of running trains for a birthday party as well as the usual car boot Sundays

News from Scarle

The big news: The mess room has a new roof, and a pitched roof at that. This stood up to the dreadful weather that resulted in Lincoln City’s game being postponed last Tuesday, but it still needs completing. Please help, if you can.

Lawrence returned from his holiday in time to do a couple of repair welds to track and signals.

Work is on hand to install a camera at the “new station” as part of our due diligence when instructing passengers to behave before train rides.

 Future Events       

September, and we are back to monthly meetings in North Scarle Village Hall. 7 for 7.30pm

 

  • Daisy Maid, Skellingthorpe 1st Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once! Portable track – a new venture in association with a “fun dog show”. Sue Hodge – Mimi from Allo Allo and Harry Marcus from Poldark opening it. Helpers always welcome.
  • Wednesday 4th Speaker – Simon Lomax from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch based in Derby. We were recommended this speaker by chaps from Ruddington. They were expecting the talk to be a bit dry and not interesting. They said how wrong they were. Don’t miss it, and bring a friend if you think it would suit them.
  • Open Weekend 21st & 22nd September – details on website. Last I heard, over 30 traction engines coming and several railway models. Again, a plea for help in running the event.
  • “Bucket Day” 29th September – an extra Car Boot for one cancelled earlier in the year. Helpers please with the parking.

Neil

Fellow members,

One or two additions and a correction to the last newsletter:

I have been informed that the the total funds raised on 7th July (bucket & train fares) was £315 and not as per the newsletter.

I have subsequently been told that the amount for 21st was intriguingly £1 more at £316.

The PAACT (Parents And Autistic Children Together) – correct initials this time – Trains on 29th August. This is on a Thursday. The regular Thursday working party members will be there, but please come and help if you can. It is always a very rewarding experience with these youngsters.

Finally and very important:

Sunday 25th August – Trains running for a Birthday Party 11am to 1pm followed by a family running day for members. All the help we can muster for this. Please let me know if you can help.

Neil

Newsletter – July 2019

Dear Members,

Bucket Days – July 7th & July 21st

 Many thanks to those who came and helped. Not got the figures for 21st (been away myself) but the 7th was a great success with about £400 from bucket and train rides.

Visit to RAF Scampton 11th July

 

Booked since April. Cancelled by the RAF with one week to go “for operational reasons”.

Boultham Park – 13th July

A very successful day. Liz was busy as ever selling “North Scarle” to the public. Indeed, it is obvious that some people are now making their way to North Scarle on Sundays just for the railway. Sue Taylor’s efforts on Facebook must be helping in this respect as well.

Heckington Show  – July 27th & 28th

 If Jimmy Durrant was about, I am sure he would call it “a catastroscorph” It never seemed to stop raining. Mud everywhere. We actually had twelve brave souls who paid to travel in the rain on Saturday. By 9am on Sunday the field we were in was declared unsafe and we were asked to pack up and go. This we achieved with the help of tractors and four-tracks! Unfortunately, this does mean that we have lost a lot of income.

July was not my favourite month – roll on August!

 News from Scarle

The birthday party on 29th June was a great success. So much easier than the Portable Track!

 

Colin has brought a lot of rockery stone from Lawrence and Diane’s and this is being used to landscape part of the new station area in an attempt to defeat the efforts of the rabbits as well as improve the appearance of the site.

Lawrence has painted the raised steaming bays and Brian has been busy painting the hydraulic lift and all things blue.

A gate has been added at the entrance to the station in an attempt to control access and speed up the loading of trains.

There are lots of jobs to do. I have listed some of these in the past, and there is a list in the mess room. No skills necessary. Please come and join us. You will be made most welcome.

  • Vandalism: Further to the last newsletter: Police have spoken to the miscreant and, as I write this, no further incidents have been reported.

 

Rugby Big Four Rally

Poster attached. They have been doing a lot of work on track improvements – ground level and raised. Details on poster if you would like to attend.

 Future Events

  Wednesday 7th August This will be a running evening. There should be someone at Scarle from 5pm.

The following are all booked, Please let me know if you can help.

  • Hartsholme Park Fun Day 11th August – portable track
  • Lincoln Steam Rally 17th & 18th August – Society display – Lincoln Showground
  • Zoe Ives PAC Group – 29th August . Agreed: to run trains for them.  11am to 1pm
  • Open Weekend 21st & 22nd September – details on website.

If anyone would like to give a talk or knows someone who would like to do the same for our Winter Programme, then please let me know.

 

Neil

Newsletter – June 2019

Dear Members,

No excuse with this weather for not being active in the workshop unless, that is, you enjoy gardening in waterproofs and wellies.

The car boot season is now well under way although the cool weather earlier on has kept the numbers down. Standing in a cold wind for four or five hours is not most people’s idea of fun. Whilst on this subject, volunteering to help run the trains on these Sundays is a great social activity. To make sure that we comply with the requirements of our Public Liability Insurance only trained staff are used as train drivers and signalmen, but any member 16 years of age or older can volunteer to be trained. Come and have a go.

Bucket Days – July 7th & July 21st

 This year, July has two bucket days. These are very important to the Society. On these days we collect money from passengers as well as donations from the public as they leave the field. It all begins by supervising the parking. Andy Hobbins is the master at this. It begins at 7am. We need your help. Andy will show you how it is done.

 

Hymek

 In the last newsletter I referred to the problems at Hartsholme Park. Andrew Matthews and Mike White dismantled the electrics. Andrew got the panel fixed at the manufacturers. Bob Pickford collected the panel from Andrew who is having difficulty getting to Scarle at the moment and Mike wired the panel back in. The engine worked satisfactorily last Sunday.

Portable Track

The planned event at Heighington Park on 15th June fell foul of the wet weather and was cancelled.

Skellingthorpe Gala 23rd June was a great success. Numbers were well up on last year. Happy memories –  can you remember this – it was far too hot last year and the public stayed away! The Lancaster Bomber morphed into the DC3 but was still worth seeing.

News from Scarle

Maintenance work continues when the weather permits. Lawrence has checked the portable track point ready for Heckington. Brian has been busy with blue paint tidying up the riding trucks and No.1 is now the same colour as the other eight. Colin has tried to fence back the grass cuttings that the cricketers insist on putting near to our track so that it spills over it. Lawrence and Terry have been planting bulbs Liz and Colin have worked hard on the raised beds near the compound.

There are lots of jobs to do. I have listed some of these in the past, and there is a list in the mess room. No skills necessary. Please come and join us. You will be made most welcome.

 

Three issues:

1/ Saturday Working Party: One of our members who is still working wondered if there were others who would like to come and do their bit at Scarle on Saturday – either as a one off or more often. If you are interested, let me know.

2/ Artificial Grass: Liz asks if anyone has or knows of any going spare. Needs to be 14” wide. Liz and Colin are using it to block weeds between the track and the raised beds.

3/ Vandalism: We have been lucky in the past, but there is a new thug in the village. This person has been climbing into the compound area and causing damage, throwing furniture about, covering the concrete area with gravel and even leaving pooh in the turntable pit. We are not singled out by him. He has been on the village hall roof and dancing about on the cricket pavilion roof. Let us hope that something can be done to stop him.

Future Events

     

            Wednesday 3rd July This will be a running evening. There should be someone at Scarle from 5pm.

 

The following are all booked, Please let me know if you can help.

  • Birthday 29th June 11am to 1pm – This Saturday (not Thursday as I put in the last newsletter)
  • Boultham Park Gala 13th July – portable track
  • Heckington Show 27th & 28th July – portable track
  • Hartsholme Park Fun Day 11th August – portable track
  • Lincoln Steam Rally 17th & 18th August – Society display – Lincoln Showground
  • (NEW) Zoe Ives PAC Group – 29th August . Agreed: to run trains for them.  11am to 1pm
  • Open Weekend 21st & 22nd September – details on website.

If anyone would like to give a talk or knows someone who would like to do the same for our Winter Programme, then please let me know.

Neil

Newsletter – May 2019

Dear Members,

Now well into the “running season” and an interesting one it is already turning out to be. More later.

Maureen Timmis

The death of Maureen was emailed to you all earlier in the month. Maureen was the wife of Past Chairman Rod Timmis and she was a former member of the Society. The Society was represented by several members led by Chairman Roger at the service at Lincoln Crematorium on Thursday 23rd. We all send our deepest condolences to Rod and his family.

 

New Member

Philip Skipper from North Hykeham has joined the Society; welcome Philip. He has a 7¼” gauge Scamp locomotive and now owns Bill Wright’s Adams B4. This is under restoration. I am told that work is progressing well from what, in motor enthusiast terms, was “a basket case”. i.e. take it all to pieces and start again. A new boiler has also been obtained and we look forward to seeing an old familiar friend steaming once again at Scarle in the not too distant future.

 Visit to RAF Scampton – Thursday 11th July

If I know that you want to go then you will receive a separate email from me – either already or very shortly. Anyone not receiving the email and wants to go, let me know now. Just a quick reminder: no charge for the visit which starts at 11am. Very likely to be the last chance to visit the famous airfield before the RAF pull out.

 

Hartsholme Park. – 11th May

Our first outing of the season for the portable track. We were kept very busy until, with one hour to go, the Hymek suddenly decided it had had enough. It remains non-operational as I write and has managed to break every one of our hand controllers! So thank goodness for Lawrence’s Holmside , Bob’s engine and Colin’s two engines for keeping trains running on car boot Sundays.

 

The Northern Association Annual Rally

Attached is a circular regarding this event in Oswestry.- 10th & 11th August

 

Cardiff Model Engineering Society – The Welsh National Locomotive Rally 8th & 9th June

Details on their website www.cardiffmes.com  and poster in the mess room. I studied for three years in Cardiff, but they always managed to hold this in the middle of my exams, so never got there. They have a site worth visiting with 3½” & 5” raised track, 5” & 7¼” ground level, 18” tramway and several smaller scale tracks (16mm, Gauge 1 & 00).

 Work at Scarle

Routine maintenance continues at Scarle, The weeds seem to be winning in the good growing weather of late, but we will win in the end!

One consequence of the work on the mess room was that most of the files were taken home by me for safe keeping. I took the opportunity to tidy them up. They are now making their way back into a new filing cabinet in the workshop.

There are always lots of things to do to keep our site looking respectable. Some outstanding jobs include:

  • Paint New Station Signal Box
  • Paint exit gate
  • Paint signal gantry
  • Electrics – various updates and repairs to the signalling
  • Renovation of the tunnel near the new station
  • Gardening at many locations.

From this list, it is obvious that it does not require specialist skills. Indeed, as I have said before, it is a great way to spend a day with like minded people in a very relaxing location.

Future Events    

            Wednesday 5th June This will be a running evening. There should be someone at Scarle from 5pm.

 

The following are all booked, Please let me know if you can help.

  • Picnic in the Park 15th June 2019 Heighington Park – portable track
  • Skellingthorpe Gala 23rd June – portable track – fly past by Lancaster promised
  • Birthday 29th June 11am to 1pm – passenger trains on a Thursday maintenance day
  • Boultham Park Gala 13th July – portable track
  • Heckington Show 27th & 28th July – portable track
  • Hartsholme Park Fun Day 11th August – portable track
  • Lincoln Steam Rally 17th & 18th August – Society display – Lincoln Showground
  • Open Weekend 21st & 22nd September – details on website.

Neil

 

Oswestry and North Shropshire Model Engineering Society

 

host the  NORTHERN ASSOCIATION of MODEL ENGINEERS

 

NORTHERN RALLY

at the Oswestry Showground on 10th and 11thAugust 2019

 

Running commences at 10am with a Fish and Chips supper available on the Saturday evening

Caravans accepted on the showground by agreement from Friday evening.

Raised track running for 3½” and 5” gauge locomotives only

For further details and to confirm your attendance for the event on the Saturday or Sunday or both days, please register by contacting the Secretary

Glyn Davies on 01691 650352

or

Email glyn.davies@oswestry-mes.co.uk

 

Newsletter – April 2019

Dear Members,
A lot to get through this month, so here goes:
AGM – 3rd April
Many thanks for all those attending. Those who didn’t, please do give it some thought for next
year. We were only just quorate saving having to re-convene at a later date.
Roger Elliott was re-elected Chairman, Andrew Matthews was re-elected Treasurer, I took on the
role of Secretary and Colin Parker, Brian West and Mike White made up the committee. The role
of Safety Officer remained vacant.
Safety Officer
I am pleased to inform you that since the AGM, John Lee has taken on this role with the
unanimous blessing of the committee.
Liz Burgin
The committee much appreciates the “ladies perspective” that Liz gives to the workings of the
Society and had no hesitation in co-opting her back on to the committee.
Bucket Day – 28th April
Our first “bucket day” of the season. We need lots of help with the parking and collection of
donations as the cars leave the field.
Boiler Certificates
Andrew Matthews and Dave Pierce attended the twice yearly meeting of our umbrella organisation
N.A.M.E.. They were reminded of the needs to have proper procedures in place to protect us all
from any possible insurance claims. The committee, championed by John Lee is reviewing all our
procedures to ensure that we are always showing due diligence. The first action is to tighten up on
verification that boiler certificates are current. Members are asked to bring their certificates with
them any time they want to run their engines at Scarle from now on.
Also: Andrew now maintains the members’ record of boiler certificates. Please ensure that he is
informed when your engine has been passed both cold and steam tests.
Direct Debit Transfer
All members that I did not know had already paid their subs for 2019 were sent an email giving
them the details for our bank account. If you need the account details, email Treasurer Andrew or
myself.
Lincoln & District Model Engineering Society
——– Providing a forum for miniature engineering enthusiasts since 1933 ———
A Company limited by Guarantee, Registered in England No. 08374250
Riverside Miniature Railway – St Neots – May Gala 18th & 19th May 2019
This is a fairly new society. They visited us a few months ago to view Colin Parker’s CMD Knight
loco and have since purchased one for use by their members. They have invited us to their May
Gala. If you would like to attend, you can find them on google or email Adam Owen
adamowen182@gmail.com
Visit to RAF Scampton – Thursday 11th July
A visit to this famous airfield has been arranged for members. 20 places have been reserved.
Priority will be given to members and any spare places then allocated to others. First come, first
served. The usual Security checks will apply as for other military establishments. There is no
charge. Please email me with names if you would like to attend. The visit starts at 11am.
Morris Register & Morris Vehicle Association Rally – Thoresby Park 9th – 11th August
See the attached flyer. Society Member Ben Gadsby is the organiser. If any member would like to
partake and display their models then please contact Ben. Free entry and camping for participants
Ben’s contact number: 07999 869572
Summer Programme
The first outing for the portable track is rapidly approaching: Hartsholme Spring Fair on Saturday
11th May. Volunteers always welcome.
Work at Scarle
The mess room is all but complete. The new hob is still to be obtained. Riding cars are all serviced
and the vacuum braking system working and in use Track maintenance is ongoing as is gardening
and weed control. Mike is busy eliminating the jerkiness of the Hymek’s controller, and Brian has
repainted the level crossing gates.
Future Events
Wednesday 1st May – As intimated last month, this will be a running evening. There should
be someone at Scarle from about 5pm.
Other News
From 20th May there is a new hourly Monday to Saturday train service from Gainsborough Central
(my local station) to Sheffield. A marked improvement on the three trains a week in either direction
now all on a Saturday. How does this affect members from around Lincoln: from the new timetable,
most of the Lincoln Sheffield trains will run non-stop Worksop to Sheffield; the new service
stopping at the intermediate stations.
Neil

Newsletter – March 2019

Dear Members,

Where does the “closed season” go? It only seems five minutes since we packed up for the Winter. Next Sunday, 31st March, it all kicks off again for the Summer and we are being promised that it will not be brass monkey weather either. Just need an early night because of the hour change!

Whilst I have been away skiving in the cardiac unit of the Northern General Hospital others have been working overtime to get things ready at Scarle. Details to follow.

Ben Clarke

 I reported on Ben’s progress last month. Well he has actually now made it to Scarle. I am told that he looks great. In fact, so much better than Ben of old. He must have had his problem coming on for ages. Great news Ben and part of his trip was to discuss boilers with Dave Pierce. So he is seriously thinking “Linda”. For those not in the know, Ben is building a 7.25” gauge “large Hunslet.”

AGM – April 3rd

This is nearly upon us. Looking forward to seeing many of you at Scarle that Wednesday evening. Many thanks for the nomination forms received. Don’t forget, you only have until 28th to get them to me.

Summer Programme

The programme is as set out in the website under newsletters.

Just to reiterate comments in last month’s newsletter. If members could volunteer for just one portable track event a season, it would really help spread the workload.

Work at Scarle

I have seen photos of the mess hut interior. The transformation is something else and a credit to all those involved. Not sure if we now need slippers before we are allowed to enter! Well done Andrew, Mike, Brian and Roger in particular and for Lawrence in providing all the fittings.

Other tasks: Lawrence and Terry have removed a dip in the track near the level crossing. Colin and Terry continue with the bordering of the ballast. Liz has made great progress in her quest to tidy up the track-side along Swinderby Road.

Future Events:

                     Wednesday 3rd April AGM

Wednesday 1st May – Plan “A” is to have a running evening. Will keep you posted if any change.                                                                                                                                      Neil

Newsletter – February 2019

 

Dear Members,

Definitely not workshop weather as I draft this second newsletter of 2019! Even the ****** grass is growing.

There seems to be one or two problems with last month’s attachments. If anyone is still struggling, please go on to the website. Ben Clarke has added all the rest to the newsletter on there.

 

Ben Clarke

Ben has had a torrid time over the last twelve months with poor health. However, he now has “turned the corner” and we all, I am sure, wish him all the very best and hope to see him back at Scarle in the near future.

AGM – April 3rd

The papers relating to the AGM are on my computer and will be with you very shortly. Nomination forms for the committee will be included. This is now composed of Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Safety Officer and three other members. Under our Articles of Association, everyone has to seek re-election every year. The role of Safety Officer is currently vacant. Please have nomination forms back with me by 28th March.

Summer Programme

Update:

  • Hartsholme Spring Fair Sat May 11th – now confirmed that we are attending
  • Boultham Park Summer Fair. Date confirmed as Sat 13th – also attending.
  • Still looking for someone to tow for Heckington.

 

So that gives a comprehensive programme for the portable track – see all the dates on the website (under newsletters)

To all intents, our site at Scarle is self-financing; the costs being covered by offering rides on car boot Sundays.

As for the rest:

 

You all probably know, we are affiliated to NAME (Northern Association of Model Engineers). This umbrella organisation trains and registers our boiler inspectors and maintains our boiler records; a practice approved by the Company that covers our Public Liability Insurance. This is by far the most costly of our expenses and has to be covered by the subscriptions, bucket days and portable track events. The more we take from the latter two profoundly affects the other! A plea: Do please volunteer for just say one event a year. Please help spread the workload.

Visit to Scarle

It is now hard to remember that earlier this month it was very cold, but it was. Two members from the Riverside Club in St Neots chose the coldest Thursday to visit us to see and run Colin Parker’s petrol engined narrow gauge outline locomotive with a view to purchasing one for their club. So cold, that I was glad to get back into the warmth after checking the track let alone ride round on an engine! The outcome: they liked what they saw and are ordering one. They have also offered an invite to their Open Weekend on 18th & 19th May to any member interested.

Work at Scarle

The mess hut is still very much work in progress. Andrew, assisted by Mike, is still beavering away with the new wiring loom and fittings. Brian has never stopped painting. The ceiling is now insulated and panelled. Putting down a new floor is next.

Meanwhile, Roger has serviced all the riding cars. He is also happy that the vacuum brake system is now working and we intend to run fully braked trains this season. Colin and Terry have been busy tidying up the track both sides of the compound with borders to the ballast stopping this spreading sideways. Liz is busy tidying up the track-side along Swinderby Road.

Future Events:

  Wednesday 6th March – Video on the model of Lime Street Station, Liverpool. Usual time         and place – Village Hall, North Scarle starting           at 7.30pm.

 

            Wednesday 4th April – AGM

ell that all for this month. I am now signing off to go for work on my heart in Northern General, Sheffield. Hope to be back for the AGM with a ticker that behaves a bit better!

 

Neil

Newsletter – January 2019

Dear Members,

Definitely workshop weather as I draft this first newsletter of 2019.

Things are now coming together, so quite a bit of information to pass on.

Summer Programme

The car boot Sundays and Bucket Days are now known. See the attached list. We also have the cricket fixture list. With all this information, the committee will agree suitable “extended running days”. I shall pass on the dates well before the start of the new season. A few notes:

  • Hartsholme Spring Fair has still to be agreed.
  • Boultham Park Summer Fair. Date at this stage, is an educated guess.
  • The Car Boot (& Bucket Day) on 29th September is provisional just in case one event is called off for bad weather.
  • And a plea: Chairman Roger will not be available for the Heckington Show. So far we have two vehicles that can tow – excluding Bob who will already be taking his caravan. Because we run two trains at the show, we need another member with a trailer to take rolling stock. Can you help?

 

Bucket Days (see below)

Do please put them in your diary now. All the help we can muster on these days. Look at it from a personal point of view; good bucket days keep the subs down!

 

Lincolnshire Steam & Vintage Rally – 17th & 18th August

I know this seems like a long way off, but the forms will be coming soon. We always put on a display at the show to both sell the Society and display our efforts. Please participate if you can. If you can attend, so much the better. We share manning the stand giving lots of time to look round the show. Members must be lots of models out there we don’t know about. They do not have to be the finished article. Chairman Roger will be dealing with the bookings. Speak to him, drop me a line or contact Roger via the website.

Work at Scarle

This January the main effort has been upgrading the mess hut. Lawrence and Diane are having a new kitchen fitted and have kindly donated their old one to the Society. As you would expect from these two, it is in good condition. The mess room has been emptied. Lots of the old fittings have been keeping Dave Brooks and Liz warm as they “dispose” of them! Brian has been painting the room whilst Andrew and Mike install new wiring and water pipes.

There are lots of other jobs to do at Scarle. Attached is a list. If you can help with any of these, come along on Thursdays.

Rugby & District MES

Attached is a flyer for their OWE in May. They have been busy extending their ground level track. Look very interesting on video.

Future Events:

            Wednesday 6th February 2019 – Dave Brooks – Videos of  our Society

             Our first Meeting of the New Year. Usual time and place – Village Hall, North Scarle starting     at 7.30pm.

            Wednesday 6th March – topic to be agreed

             Wednesday 4th April – AGM

We are always looking for speakers. If you know of any, perhaps through contacts with other groups, please let a committee member know.

Neil


 DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 2019

                                         NORTH SCARLE                                 OTHER LOCATIONS

Sun March 31                          Car Boot

Sun April 14                             Car Boot

Sun April 28                             Car Boot / BUCKET COLLECTION

Sat May 11                                                                              Portable Track            -Hartsholme Spring Fair?

Sun May 12                             Car Boot

Sun May 26                             Car Boot

Sun June 9                               Car Boot

Sat June 15                                                                              Portable Track            – Heighington

Sun June 23                             Car Boot                                  Portable Track – Skellingthorpe Gala

Sun July 7                                Car Boot / BUCKET COLLECTION

Sat July 13                                                                               Portable Track            – Boutham Park Gala?

Sun July 21                              Car Boot / BUCKET COLLECTION

Fri July 26                                                                                Set up for Heckington

Sat/Sun July 27/28                                                                  Heckington Show

Sun August 4                           Car Boot

Sun August 11                                                                         Portable Track            – [Hartsholme Park Fun Day

Fri August 16                                                                           Setting up at Lincoln Showground

Sat August 17                                                                          Lincoln Steam Rally

Sun August 18                         Car Boot                                  Lincoln Steam Rally

Sun September 1                     Car Boot

Sun September 15                   Car Boot

Sat/Sun September 21/22       Open Weekend

Sun September 29                   Car Boot / BUCKET COLLECTION(provisional if a Sunday Car Boot is lost) 

Sun December 8                     Santa Special

Sun December 15                   Santa Special

Winter Tasks at Scarle

Portable track refurbishment.
Coaches: several in need of restoration
New Station Tunnel Roof – getting rid of loose black plastic & infilling with foam
Service Riding Trucks
Service Hymek
Service Planet
Paint New Station Signal Box
Paint S/W signs
Paint exit gate
Paint fences – various
Electrics – repair fault on new station mimic board (LEDs lit when road not set)
Electrics – indicator feathers relating to new station shunt signal not working
Electrics – reconfigure signal 2 in main station tunnel

 

Newsletter – December 2018

Dear Members,

Hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas. Before eating a delicious North Wheatley turkey, I  had a great time with my family running my Polly. Lots of atmosphere, as you can imagine. Indeed, half the time I had no idea where I was going! Still to finish the ramp, so made good use of my son’s muscles to get the engine from trolley to track and back again.

Just two events to report on this month:

Christmas Dinner – 5th December

 A splendid evening of good food and fellowship. Once again, The White Hart pub did us proud. If you missed it, pencil in the first Wednesday in December 2019 into your diary. You will not be disappointed.

 

Santa Specials – 8th, 9th and 16th December

 Yes! We had an extra one on 8th landed on us by the Scouts – long story – don’t ask. A huge thank you to everyone who got involved, especially those who bailed us out on the 8th at very, very short notice. Far too many to mention individually, but special thanks to Mike White and Richard Linford for playing the part of the big man with the white beard and red coat. Thanks also to Pat for releasing Mike on 8th to deal with 38 Scout Cubs!

The weather did not let us down either and the two Sundays were improved this year by a mini-market. The fruit and veg man being particularly popular.

Life at Scarle

Since the rapid but tidy exit on 16th, there has been a shutdown at Scarle. We reconvene on Thursday 3rd January with a long list of jobs to tackle. Added to this is a big revamp in the mess room. Lawrence and Diane are treating themselves to a new kitchen. Their “old one” is in a good condition and is to be installed at Scarle.

The Thursday Group would always welcome new members. It is as much a social thing as anything. Come and give it a try.

Just one word of caution: over the next few weeks, there are likely to be times when the railway circuit is broken. Check before you bring a locomotive to run.

Future Events:

Wednesday 6th February 2019

 Our first Meeting of the New Year. Usual time and place – Village Hall, North Scarle starting at 7.30pm. Not fixed yet, but likely to be a “film show” based on the Society at Scarle.

 Can I wish you a very Happy New Year,

Neil

Newsletter – November 2018

 

Dear Members,

 

Not been on top of things of late. Hope Northern General Hospital can get me sorted next week! Somehow didn’t realise that November had passed away. Anyway, here goes:

 

November started with the planned visit to RAF Cranwell. Well done Liz for organising it. Feel sorry for the staff there managing, as they were doing, without any heating! Ready for a very warm lunch afterwards, but we did see lots including my neighbour on the same passing out photo as Prince Charles! .

 

Life at Scarle

The big news at Scarle is the completion of the level crossing with its new welded track and plastic boarding. Let us hope that the “plastic wood” lasts a bit longer. On some occasions, it has been damn cold work, but it is now ready for Santa.

 

Speaking of which, the Grotto was completed by Liz and Colin before they abandoned us in the cold to go and warm up in Africa.

 

The art of fire raising by Liz was carried on by John Lee in her absence ably assisted by Dave Brooks. Brian and myself collected the leaves. We took full advantage of a strong East wind to burn loads of them. Only people walking their dogs in the field were choked by the smoke!

 

Bob did a welding job for me and Dave Pierce has done a hydraulic test on Lawrence’s 4F boiler.

 

Future Events:

 

Wed 5 Dec – Christmas Dinner – Menu Choices have gone out to all participants. Please note the re-arranged time of 6.30 for 7pm. Any last minutes alterations: please let me know.

Everyone to pay the residue for the cost of the meal directly to the White Hart on the night.

Sun 9 Dec – Santa Specials

Sun 16 Dec – Santa Specials

Just another reminder that ff any member is free on these dates, help would be very much appreciated.

The details: 12noon to 3pm on both days. Setting up in the morning from about 9.30am The are no other dates this year – the Scouts have never got back to us about another event specifically for them.

There will be a mini Christmas Market on both dates.

 

Not sure what is happening at our site at North Scarle over the Festive Season. Might have more details after Thursday.

Neil

Newsletter – October 2018

 

Dear Members,

 

Drafting out newsletters when the weather is very cold seems to be becoming a bit of a habit. Just hope it warms up again soon!

 

Anyway, we are well into the maintenance season by now. Still lots of activity at Scarle and one eye firmly on the Santa Season.

 

Our “Bucket Day” on 30th September was another great success. Great to see Andy Hobbins back arranging the parking and this time getting away OK afterwards.

 

The additional Car Boot on 14th October did not happen after all; called off because of the rain. So a poor end to the season.

 

Meanwhile the monthly meeting on Wednesday 5th October was another chance to reminisce courtesy of Bob Pickford with videos of past years at Scarle including clips of several long lost friends.

 

Chester 700 Lathe  The Society has been contacted by a gentleman living in Coleby. It has a 12.5 inch bed. Because of the availability of other equipment, he says that it has had very little use – possibly less than twenty hours in total. He no longer has any use for it. He says it has various three and four jaw chucks, face plates, various centres and tails and many tools never used along with tool posts, cutters and absolutely everything needed for a small engineering job. The tool is on its own Chester stand with dozens of new or very lightly used accessories. He is asking £500 for the lot. Let me know if you are interested.

Life at Scarle

One of the compound gates is now finished and looks very smart. John Lee is now turning his attention to its twin. Brian is making steady progress on the crossing gates. Chairman Roger has replaced the wide edges on the new station platforms. There has been a determined effort to keep top side of the leaf fall and the other members have busied themselves on the track upgrade and replacement across the three track level crossing.

 

 

Future Events:

 

Tuesday 6 November – visit to Cranwell – details have gone out to the participants and their particulars forwarded to the authorities at Cranwell

 

 

Just to remind you, there is No Meeting on 7th November

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed 5 Dec – Christmas Dinner – Table booked for 6pm at The White Hart, North Scarle.

The menu is attached to this newsletter. The process:

  1. Decide on your menu and let me know. You shall receive a confirmation of your choice before the event.
  2. Make deposit cheques (£10 per person) payable to the Society. Send to me (Cherry Holt, Eastfield, North Wheatley, Retford, Notts DN22 9BX) or hand to any committee member. Treasurer Andrew will then write one cheque to the White Hart
  3. pay the remainder individually on the night.

 

Sun 9 Dec – Santa Specials

Sun 16 Dec – Santa Specials

If any member is free on these dates, help would be very much appreciated.

There is also a distinct possibility of a further Santa Day on Saturday 8th December. I shall keep you posted if this materialises.

That’s all for this month – off back into the workshop.

 

Neil

Newsletter – September 2018

Dear Members,

In the last newsletter I remarked about the balmy weather. I jot these notes having just about thawed out after the coldest Open Week anyone can remember. Frost on my car this morning! Cold weather aside, what a fantastic weekend. Lots of traction engines, many old friends and this year well supported by the Chesterfield & District chaps with their locomotives as well as the first time that I have seen one of the Silver Crest Jubilees in action.

This month was also memorable for me: my Polly 1 now has a boiler steam certificate and it runs as well!

So, what else happened in September:

Sunday – 2nd – “Bucket Day” A great success. Thanks to all those who helped especially Andy Hobbins, our car parking specialist. Poor Andy suffered one of those catastrophic battery failures at the event. This was only resolved by a new battery later in the day.

Wednesday 5th – Monthly Meeting

We watched old films of trains at Scarle from a DVD kindly provided by Grantham Bob. This followed an illustrated talk by Dave Pierce on overcoming the technicalities of producing the hollow balls used in a centrifugal governor.

Sunday 9th September Lindums Family Fun Day at Nettleham

Chairman Roger, Liz, Colin, Brian West and myself took the portable track to this event. It was a cold windy day. However we were well looked after food wise and erecting the portable track beside a rugby pitch is a doddle – packing, what packing?

Sun 16 Sept – Car Boot

Nice and steady and Lawrence’s Holmside is now back in the fleet of engines available.

Sat & Sun 22nd and 23rd Sept – Open Weekend

Well done to everyone for a great weekend. Special mention of Andrew Matthews for all his planning and hard work, Liz, Jean, Glenda, Maureen and Susan for feeding us so well, “Tiny” and Peter Adams for their commentary and Brian West for looking after the locomotives. The Winners:

Lincoln Steam Cup (best road vehicle) Phil Scarborough from North Wheatley, Retford, Notts with his 4” Garrett.

St Marks Cup (best railway exhibit) Dave Kerry from Shirebrook, Notts. with his 5” gauge 9F Evening Star
Brian Ives Trophy (Society member for 2017) in memory of recently deceased Pam West.

North Scarle Shield (best other exhibit) Colin Parker for his fairground organ.
Challenge Cup (best in show) Colin Parker

Life at Scarle

Very much continuing on the theme of last month. A big tidy up before the OWE which included Lawrence, Terry and others doing a lot of hedge trimming. The compound gate is making steady progress.

A list is being drawn up for the winter maintenance programme. Come along on Thursdays and join in. It is fun – honest!

Future Events:

Sun 30 Sept – Car Boot

This is our last “bucket day” for 2018. Your Society needs you – we have to organise the parking from 7am and need as many as possible to come and help. Please, please make the effort to join in.

Wed 3 Oct – Meeting Night – 7.30pm as usual in North Scarle Village Hall.

Sun 14 Oct – Car Boot The last one this year – probably need lots of leaf clearing beforehand!

Wed 7 Nov – Meeting Night

Wed 5 Dec – Christmas Dinner – details to follow

Sun 9 Dec – Santa Specials

Sun 16 Dec – Santa Specials

Neil

Newsletter – August 2018

 

Dear Members,

 

What a month! As I draft these notes on a balmy afternoon in late August there is definitely a feeling of mellow fruitfulness in the garden. Quite a contract from being frozen to death on the K&WVR on Bank Holiday Monday and all very calm after all that has happened to the Society this month

 

Tom Wood

Tom, who was elected Society Secretary at the AGM in April, has resigned from both his office and the Society. I have taken on the role of secretary for the rest of this year. Liz has very kindly taken on the role of events co-ordinator and some other mundane tasks at Scarle.

 

A plea from me: I have no intentions of trying to run the Society. Your elected committee does that. At the same time, I need help and thanks already to Liz for her contribution. BUT, I do ask that I am kept informed at all times of what is happening.

 

Best wishes to Tom. The Society has to thanks him for several items that he has donated in his time at Scarle including the lean-to carriage shed, the tool-shed and another locking metal storage unit.

 

Heckington Show – 28th & 29th July

A little quieter this year. The storm damage late on Friday and the consequent mud on Saturday did not help. However, things had dried out on the Sunday and the stock, track and Bob and his caravan got off the sight alright.

 

Hartsholm Park – Sunday 12th August

Things conspired against us and we ended up not attending. Lessons, we hope, have been learnt.

 

Lincoln Steam Rally – 18th & 19th August

Lots of members participating. We had the usual stand in the Exhibition Hall. Thanks especially to Chairman Roger and Terry Peacock for setting that up. Phil Clements took his full size traction engine and several members exhibited their model traction engines.

 

August at Scarle

Car Boots continued unabashed. Unlike earlier in the summer, the weather has been a little cool with the number of stands reflecting this.

 

We ran trains for the PAACT Group on Thursday 2nd.

 

Thursday 16th – bacon butties and a large gathering to say farewell to Chris Birkett

 

Above and beyond this, a lot has happened at Scarle:

The last of the level crossing track is taking shape. The tack welded track is in the compound tunnel awaiting further progress John Lee, assisted this week by John Burden is making a super job of restoring the compound gate, Mike White has been tidying up some fencing acquired by Colin after spending a lot of time tidying the workshop Colin, meantime, has continued with track maintenance as well as, yet again, removing grass cutting from the track left by the cricketers – very kind of them! Liz continues to enhance the track-side vegetation especially in the new station area. Barry has tidied up those tree stumps beside the track near to the compound. Chairman Roger has made a start on restoring the white platform edges. Lawrence has repaired the hydraulic lift for the raised steaming bays and I have had a great time weed-killing. Why a great time? Well Chairman Roger has designed a spray bar to go on the flat truck and Andrew has fitted an override switch for the pump. Weed-killing once meant that I had to walk backwards pushing the flat truck whilst at the same time spraying with the other hand! Quite hard work. Now, I simply make four trips around the track driving the Hymek. Trip one to see that the circuit is clear, trip two spraying the track with the new spray bar, trip three spraying the track side on one side and trip four the other side both with the original lance No, you can’t have the job now, it is great!!! If I missed anything or anyone out, I am sorry.

 

Future Events:

This Sunday – 2nd September

This is a “bucket day” Your Society needs you – we have to organise the parking from 7am and need as many as possible to come and help. Please, please make the effort to join in.

Wednesday 5th September – Meeting Night

 I am afraid that this is a victim of the problems that the Society has had over the recent past in so much as there is no organised speaker. However, do come and enjoy a sociable evening with fellow members. North Scarle Village Hall from 7.30pm.

Sunday 9th September Portable track at Lindums Family Fun Day at Nettleham

Sun 16 Sept – Car Boot

Sat & Sun 22nd and 23rd Sept – Open Weekend

Our big annual event. Put this in your diary if you haven’t already done so. Setting up starts on the Thursday

Sun 30 Sept – Car Boot (BUCKET DAY)

Wed 3 Oct – Meeting Night

Sun 14 Oct – Car Boot

Wed 7 Nov – Meeting Night

Wed 5 Dec – Meeting Night

Sun 9 Dec – Santa Specials

Sun 16 Dec – Santa Specials

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter – July 2017

Dear Members,

 

My health

 

Many of you will know that I had a heart procedure in April. This has taken some getting over. I am doing better now, but feel that it is time to hand on the reins to another member to help keep my condition stable.

 

Vacancy for Society Secretary

 

If you would like to take over from me straight away, then please come forward and speak to Chairman David. Notwithstanding, I shall not be applying for re-election next April. If, in the meantime you think you could do the job and would like to discuss it with me then please do so. I shall carry on until April, if necessary, but in a quieter way.

 

Boultham Summer Fair  (8th July)

 

Once we got on the park – poor directions from the organisers – we had a terrific day. This time the weather was perfect – not too hot and staying dry.

 

Whitwell Village Gala – Saturday 22nd July

 

Whitwell village near Worksop will celebrate 1000 years of existence next year. This year they wanted to practice for the big event and invited us to their Gala Day. Several members took the portable track, the Hymek and passenger car to the event. Free rides all day for a one off payment of £150.00. Needless to say, they want us back next year.

 

Work at Scarle

 

Roger Elliott assisted by Terry Peacock have finished the white lining and both the platform areas now look far better cared for.

 

The CCTV system is now fully commissioned. The monitor is larger and better than my TV at home! Two of the cameras are on top of the flagpole. There are plans to have further monitors overlooking the field and drive. No argument in future who has left the gate open. Also, it may deter the dog walkers who seem incapable of tidying up after their four legged charges.

 

Tom has got his steam engine back in commission and Bob has repaired the bearing noise on his engine.

 

Liz has led the campaign to give a protective coat to the wooden fencing

 

 

 

 

 

The big weekend: 27th to 30th July

 

Heckington Show is fully covered – all the passes we receive are accounted for. Thanks to everyone who has volunteered.

 

GL5 Event – The GL5 Society is holding its AGM and running trains at North Scarle. Everyone else: help is still needed for this big event. It well worth participating. Lots of locomotives and wagons running around our track. Last time, they were quite happy to let members join in if they had a standard gauge profile 5” gauge locomotive of their own. Beware though, they do not give rides and are not insured to let children travel on their trains.

 

 

Wednesday 2nd August

 

Running night preceded by CPR training at 6.30pm Thank you to all those who replied. We now have enough members to fill the event but still come along and play trains and have a chat afterwards.

 

 

Thursday 3rd August  – Trains running for PAACT

 

We still need help for this return event for the group. The families know the challenges faced by their offspring and the events in the past have been joyful and rewarding for all concerned.

 

Saturday and Sunday 23rd & 24th September – Open Weekend

 

Our big end of season bash. No excuse if you are missing this one. It is a long winter just around the corner!

 

Meetings:

 

  • Wednesday 2nd August – CPR Training (if booked) at 6.30pm followed by a running night at North Scale from 6pm

 

  • Wednesday 6th September – Speaker: Brian Parker “Powder Paints)

 

  • Wednesday 4th October – Speaker from Spalding Forge

 

  • Wednesday 1st November – Ghost Walk around Lincoln (not in North Scarle Village Hall!)

 

 

Neil Grayston, Hon.  Secretary

 

 

 

 

My health

 

 

Many of you will know that I had a heart procedure in April. This has taken some getting over. I am doing better now, but feel that it is time to hand on the reins to another member to help keep my condition stable.

 

Vacancy for Society Secretary

 

If you would like to take over from me straight away, then please come forward and speak to Chairman David. Notwithstanding, I shall not be applying for re-election next April. If, in the meantime you think you could do the job and would like to discuss it with me then please do so. I shall carry on until April, if necessary, but in a quieter way.

 

Boultham Summer Fair  (8th July)

 

Once we got on the park – poor directions from the organisers – we had a terrific day. This time the weather was perfect – not too hot and staying dry.

 

Whitwell Village Gala – Saturday 22nd July

 

Whitwell village near Worksop will celebrate 1000 years of existence next year. This year they wanted to practice for the big event and invited us to their Gala Day. Several members took the portable track, the Hymek and passenger car to the event. Free rides all day for a one off payment of £150.00. Needless to say, they want us back next year.

 

Work at Scarle

 

Roger Elliott assisted by Terry Peacock have finished the white lining and both the platform areas now look far better cared for.

 

The CCTV system is now fully commissioned. The monitor is larger and better than my TV at home! Two of the cameras are on top of the flagpole. There are plans to have further monitors overlooking the field and drive. No argument in future who has left the gate open. Also, it may deter the dog walkers who seem incapable of tidying up after their four legged charges.

 

Tom has got his steam engine back in commission and Bob has repaired the bearing noise on his engine.

 

Liz has led the campaign to give a protective coat to the wooden fencing

 

 

 

 

 

 

The big weekend: 27th to 30th July

 

Heckington Show is fully covered – all the passes we receive are accounted for. Thanks to everyone who has volunteered.

 

GL5 Event – The GL5 Society is holding its AGM and running trains at North Scarle. Everyone else: help is still needed for this big event. It well worth participating. Lots of locomotives and wagons running around our track. Last time, they were quite happy to let members join in if they had a standard gauge profile 5” gauge locomotive of their own. Beware though, they do not give rides and are not insured to let children travel on their trains.

 

 

Wednesday 2nd August

 

Running night preceded by CPR training at 6.30pm Thank you to all those who replied. We now have enough members to fill the event but still come along and play trains and have a chat afterwards.

 

 

Thursday 3rd August  – Trains running for PAACT

 

We still need help for this return event for the group. The families know the challenges faced by their offspring and the events in the past have been joyful and rewarding for all concerned.

 

Saturday and Sunday 23rd & 24th September – Open Weekend

 

Our big end of season bash. No excuse if you are missing this one. It is a long winter just around the corner!

 

Meetings:

 

  • Wednesday 2nd August – CPR Training (if booked) at 6.30pm followed by a running night at North Scale from 6pm

 

  • Wednesday 6th September – Speaker: Brian Parker “Powder Paints)

 

  • Wednesday 4th October – Speaker from Spalding Forge

 

  • Wednesday 1st November – Ghost Walk around Lincoln (not in North Scarle Village Hall!)

 

 

Neil Grayston, Hon.  Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter – June 2018

Dear Members,

 Pamela West

Sad news to begin with this month. After a long a courageous battle, Pamela West lost her fight to cancer. Wife of another member Brian, she was an active supporter at Scarle. Our condolences to Brian. Funeral Details: Tuesday 10th July. 1.50pm at Lincoln Crematorium Washingborough followed by a remembrance service at St Peter’s Church Dunston at 3pm. No flowers please, but any donations will go to St Barnabas’ Hospice.

New Members

Yet more new members:

  • Susan Taylor – Frankie’s mother has also joined the Society. She is already a regular helper on car boot Sundays. If her name sounds familiar, I was listening to her just the other day when I was in the workshop – she is a presenter on Radio Lincolnshire!
  • Peter Garrood – Peter lives near Newark. He has a Polly 3 and 5” Maxitrak Class 73 and is an officer in POG (Polly Owners Group.
  • Jordan Mann – Jordan actually lives in North Scarle and is coming back to the Society now that he is all trained up as an HGV driver.

 

Chris Birkett

Hot off the press: Chris has been offered a job in New Zealand. He already has family over there. In recent times Chris has been a stalwart on car boot Sundays and contributed to many projects at Scarle including the signal systems. All the very best down under.

This means that we shall be loosing our only active steam engine – Lawrence’s Holmside and Tom’s Sweet William are both under repair. So come on chaps if you have a steam engine. Children know all about Thomas. Keep their interest alive.

 

Skellingthorpe Gala – 24th June.

 By request, they they moved the event this year to get away from Fathers’ Day. What happened – a football match in Russia instead! So it was quieter than normal but we had a steady flow of people wanting rides on our portable track. It also meant that it coincided with a car boot at Scarle. Well done to everyone who helped at Scarle. Both events were a success.

 

GL5 Weekend – 30th June & 1st July

If you don’t read this until after the weekend – skip this bit.

!This weekend the GL5 Society take over our track. If you want to see lots of scale goods trains running at Scarle, now is your chance as they make a return visit. In the past, they have been happy to let any of our members run their 5” gauge model of a British standard gauge engine. I am sure they will again if you ask. Narrow gauge models – NO.

 

June at Scarle

 The first Wednesday was a lovely evening for our monthly meeting. The following Sunday morning we had five trains out. One little girl went on all five!

 The station and fence have been powder washed and the water tank covered to try and prevent algae growing. The level crossing now has two tracks complete with new rail and plastic boarding The spray truck now has a spray bar and the mess hut is water tight when it rains – probably. Not had much of a test lately.

 

Running Night – Wednesday 4th July

 Not sure what you are doing if American. Otherwise come to Scarle. Come and celebrate England making through to the semi-finals by then. There should be someone there from 5.30pm.

 

Future Events:

Sun 8 July – Car Boot followed by extended running

Thurs 12 July – No work day, just enjoy bring your LOCO [possible cake]

Sat 14 July – Boultham Park Gala [PORTABLE TRACK]]

Sat 21 July – Whitwell Gala [PORTABLE TRACK]

Sun 22 July – Car Boot and Birthday Party

Fri 27 July – Set up at Heckington

Sat 28/29 July – Heckington [PORTABLE TRACK]

Wed 1 Aug – Running Night

Sun 5 Aug  – Car Boot

Sun 12 Aug –  Hartsholme Park (PORTABLE TRACK]

Sat & Sun 18th & 19th Aug – Lincoln Stream Rally (Also car boot on the Sunday)

Much more to follow.

If you can help with any of these, please say. It would be great if we could have a pool of members to share the Portable Track events. Several of us have family who think that we should sometimes be doing other things.

Much more later about the rest of the season, but early warning: there is an extra car boot on 14th October. So lots of help with leaves by then!

 

Liz & Neil