Canterbury & District Model Engineering Society

News from the CDMES - 2020

As a result of the Covid 19 pandemic news from the society is understandably limited with members unable to meet either at the tracksite or The Barn so we have to go back to New Years day for the first item to report notably the traditional first steam and running session up of the year.

Around half a dozen members turned out on a rather grey and damp morning to enjoy a run led by stalwarts at the track Ernie Millard with his B1, Granville Askham and ‘Russel’ the Welsh Highland Railway 2-6-2T, Richard Barton and his model of a WW1 ‘Simplex’ trench tramway petrol locomotive and Dave Brown running the late Don Barker’s ‘Eva May’
0-6-0 tank locomotive. Ken Vine assisted by Luke Rose ran his Orenstein & Koppel narrow gauge locomotive in its striking blue livery.

Later in the month the society was represented with both our stand and portable track at the City of Canterbury Model Railway Club show at St Anselm’s School, an event in which we have participated for more years than we can remember.

This year in a departure from our normal arrangements the January meeting was held at the Whitstable Museum where members viewed the ‘Invicta’ locomotive from the Canterbury & Whitstable Railway and the former winding engine which had recently been installed in their new home. It was hoped that this ‘out meeting’ would have been the first of possible occasional alternative venue’s to The Barn however as everyone knows events have overtaken us.

So it was from February that society activities have shut down due to the Covid 19 pandemic. However members of the Wednesday Gang have met at the tracksite to continue with maintenance and grass cutting which has seen the site looking quite splendid which is a shame since there has not been the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of the ‘gang’ labours. Our thanks go to the team for their efforts.

Where we go from here, who knows but let’s hope that 2021 will see some improvement in the situation and we can get back to some sort of normality.

Chris Davey,
Vice-Chairman.
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Ken Vine driving his Orenstein & Koppel narrow gauge locomotive on New Years Day. Picture: Dave Willis.
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Richard Barton and his model of a WW1 ‘Simplex’ trench tramway petrol locomotive on New Years Day. Picture: Dave Willis.
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Terry Gilkerson at the controls of Granville Askam's Welsh Highland locomotive on New Years Day. Picture: Dave Willis.
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Terry Jewiss and Dave Brown take a
peek into the Invicta firebox at Whitstable Museum in January.
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Wednesday Gang, Granville Askham busy on track work at the site in June. Picture: Chris Davey.
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Wednesday Gang, Chris Silk helping keep our site presentable. Picture: Chris Davey.
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Ernie Millard busy working on one of our mowers at the tracksite in May. Picture: Chris Davey.
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Ernie Millard and his B1 provides the atmosphere on New Years Day. Picture: Dave Willis.
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Dave Brown running the late Don Barker’s ‘Eva May’ 0-6-0 tank locomotive on New Years Day. Picture: Dave Willis.
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City of Canterbury Model Railway Club show at St Anselm’s School. Picture: Dave Willis.

Bits n Pieces Evening November 2018

There was a reasonable number of interesting exhibits at this year’s ‘Bits and Pieces’ evening held at The Barn in November.
Granville Askam brought along his John Fowler A7 agricultural engine that was started by Peter Dennis and is now nearing completion at Gran’s workshop whilst Chairman Paul Kemp had brought along the bunker for his half-size ‘Little Samson’ traction engine and Duncan Graham one of the wheels for his 6-inch scale Burrell Gold Medal Tractor. Certainly in the next few year’s we hopefully will see some very large road locomotives trundling around our track site.

Andrew Wildish had his Caledonian Railway 0-6-0 tank locomotive on display which is undergoing overhaul. The engine is a 5-inch version of the Rob Roy design normally only seen in 3 ½-inch gauge.

Another exhibit from a member who also likes to make ‘big’ things was the smoke box and chimney assembly for Clive Mowatt’s 7 ¼-inch gauge Bagnall saddle tank locomotive but it was probably a big ask to expect him to bring the rest of the locomotive to this particular evening!

Brian Knell brought along the bogie for his 3 ½-inch gauge Schools Class locomotive and a number of laser cut parts for the valve gear and this all looked very nice.

Robin Jewiss displayed the brass running board’s and wheel splashers for his 5-inch gauge ‘Maid of Kent’ along with the cardboard mock up of the cab.
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Paul Kemp with the bunker for his half size 'Little Samson' traction engine. Picture: Chris Davey.
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Brian Knell with the front bogie for his 3 1/2-inch gauge Schools class locomotive. Picture: Chris Davey.
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Duncan Graham with one of the wheels for his 6-inch scale Burrell Gold Medal Tractor. Picture: Chris Davey.
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Andrew Wildish with his 5-inch Caledonian Railway 0-6-0 tank locomotive. Picture: Chris Davey
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Steve Talbot, Dave Claringbould and Ernie Millard inspect Granville Askam's Fowler A 7 agricultural engine. Picture: Chris Davey.
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Clive Mowatt with the smokebox for his 7 1/4-inch gauge Bagnall saddle tank locomotive. Picture: Chris Davey.
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Part of the running board assembley for Robin Jewiss's 5-inch guage 'Maid of Kent' . Picture: Chris Davey.
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Robin Jewiss with a card mock up of the cab for his 5-inch guage 'Maid of Kent' . Picture: Chris Davey.

Isle of Thanet Railway Society November 2018

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Ernie Millard's Jersey Lilly and Granville Askham's Black 5 on display at the Isle of Thanet Railway Society's exhibition in St George's School, Broadstairs in November. Picture: Peter Wilson.