Polegate & District M.E.C. Lecture Programme 2014

All meetings are at the Polegate Community Centre, Windsor Way, Polegate or at the Track* and commence at 7.30pm

January 10th – Mr McHenry’s Last Stand. Tim Lawrence
February 14th – Brighton Atlantic Update. David Jones
March 14th – Strictly Southern – London, Sussex & Kent. Peter Jones
April 11th – Canal Du Mile. Graham Albon
May 9th – History of the Telephone. Mike Funnel
June 13th – Running Evening/BBO at Polegate Oaks*. (subject to weather)
July 11th – Windmills of Sussex. Peter Hills
August 8th – 16mm run night I BBO at Little Oaks*. (subject to weather)
September 12th – The Planets (History of the Locomotives). Mike Wheelwright
October 10th – Cable Cars USA. Ian Gledhill
November 14th – Club 2014 Annual General Meeting
December 12th – Santa Special. TBA

Simplex boiler

Having neither of us having ever built a boiler. I started asking the chaps at PADMEC a few questions. Given the cost of the materials, if we get it wrong, the boiler is effectively scrap metal. Therefore it makes sense to find a professional to build one. That also has the added bonus of a guarantee. I found that Maxitrack were selling a fully TIG welded copper boiler but it was very expensive. Although after much digging around I discovered the chap that Maxitrack subcontract the boiler making to. My father spoke to him and the cost is much less.

Simplex Plans

I decided to buy a set of Simplex plans for myself to study. The plans are certainly not the easiest to read. I’ve decided to try and plot the frames on a computer.

It’s very frustrating at the lack of detail for some dimensions. The radius at theĀ front and two at the rear of the frame I found very annoying. The centre point of the radii are not indicated, leading to much supposition of the exact location. As I had almost finished plotting out the frame I realised a mistake I had made. The last part of the frame is not square, it’s slightly tapered!

Interest in Steam Locomitives rekindled

After a visit with my father to the Malden and District Society of Model Engineers my interest in larger model railways was stirred again. I drove several electric locomotives and a diesel hydraulic locomotive. They have a fantastic track with automated signal system. It’s well worth a visit.

I would really love to have a steam locomotive. I once had the the opportunity to drive one in Alexandra park in Hastings when I was a member of TheĀ East Sussex Model Engineers (ESME).