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TSMEE NEWS – June 2017



Members Projects Day               

This took place on Sunday 5 February at the clubhouse and the event showed the benefit of our new premises as we had plenty of room for exhibits to be displayed and members weren’t falling over each other.  There was a good selection of models including locos in various stages of construction, a steam launch which was originally built in the 1950’s, some marine engines together with items of workshop equipment.  The photographs at the end of the newsletter give a flavour of the exhibits.



On Wednesday 8 March nine club members presented themselves at the brewery (by prior arrangement I hasten to add) for a guided tour of the premises.  The brewery staff were very hospitable and explained the processes involved in the production of their products.  We were then given a sampling session which was most enjoyable.



This event was a first for our society and it took place on Sunday 30 April on the lake at Exhibition Park.  Members of The Heaton and District Model Power Boat Club (several of whom are also members of TSMEE) were helping and they provided the marker buoys together with course layouts.  The event was for radio models with steam or electric propulsion and we had a good number of entries.  Food and drink were provided by our ladies and in addition Ken Burn served tea and coffee from the clubhouse next to the park keeper’s enclosure.  Everyone involved seemed to enjoy themselves and comment was made about having this as an annual event.



On Saturday 6 May several members visited the G5 Locomotive Company at Shildon.  This locomotive is one of 20 new build locos currently under construction in the UK.  The original locos were 0. 4. 4. tanks and were constructed between 1894 and 1905 to the design of Wilson Worsdell at the North Eastern Railway Works in Darlington.  There were 110 locos in the class and all survived until 1948 but were withdrawn and scrapped by 1958.


At Shildon our members saw the progress on the loco being built which is over two thirds constructed.  At the moment the company have just placed an order for the crank axle to be forged by a firm in Lincoln.  Members saw the frames, complete bogie, smokebox and  chimney, bunker and tank, the leading driving wheels and axlebox guides.


                                                                                                                                  Phil Work


We welcome the following new members to the society and hope they have a long and enjoyable stay with us:-

               David Dunn    Ian and Justine Graham      Paul, Katharine and Daniel Nott

                       Chris Archer      Peter Hilton     Helen, Richard and Sam Yeeles   


COMMITTEE 2017 / 2018


Following the A.G.M. on 7 June 2017 the elected committee for the forthcoming year is:-


                    CHAIRMAN                                               JIM STEPHENSON

SECRETARY                                              LINDA NICHOLLS

TREASURER                                              IAN SPENCER

TRACK MANAGER                                       PETER NEWBY
WORKSHOP MANAGER                                 STEVE LOWE

PROGRAMME MANAGER                                MALCOLM PHILLIPS

NEWSLETTER EDITOR                                 STUART DAVIDSON

LIBRARIAN                                              JOHN BOLTER

ASS LIBRARIAN                                        STEVE LOWE

ASS WORKSHOP MANAGER                           PETER NEWBY

COMMITTEE MEMBER                                 BRIAN NICHOLLS

COMMITTEE MEMBER                                 ROBIN EVANS

COMMITTEE MEMBER                                 MIKE TOMLINSON

              COMMITTEE MEMBER                                 BRIAN BENTON


                     Accounts examiners   -   Diana Blackburn and Peter Dawes




Two volumes of Model Engineer are missing from the library shelves without a corresponding entry in the loan book.  Will anyone who has one or both of these please return them to the Clubhouse, anonymously if preferred.  Members are reminded that they must fill in the loan book (red, marked TSMEE LIBRARY) whenever anything from the library is taken away from the Clubhouse.

However, the following should not be borrowed:-

1.      The file containing the latest issues of MODEL ENGINEER,   MODEL ENGINEER'S WORKSHOP and ENGINEERING IN MINIATURE (usually two issues of each)

2.      The latest complete volume or an incomplete current volume.  Individual copies should never be removed from the volumes – please borrow the complete volume.  

 If a volume you wish to consult is not on the shelves you should be able to see who has it by consulting the loan book and negotiate accordingly.  Indexes to the above journals are on the shelves to the right of the latest volume. 


                                                                                                                               John Bolter



Mike Mee came up with a good idea for marking the red line on pressure gauges.  Instead of painting the line on the dial at the working pressure Mike has used a thin sliver of red electricians tape as shown in the photograph.  Dead simple and very neat!!



Don’t forget if you have any unwanted scrap material and are prepared to donate it to the society we can sell it and the money will go towards the our funds.



Please remember that if you need a boiler test then make arrangements with one of the boiler examiners beforehand.  Don’t just turn up with a boiler and expect it to be tested.  With prior notification the boiler examiner and the owner of the boiler will know what connectors are required thus avoiding any time wasting and disappointment.




Sat/Sun 15/16 July – Open Weekend.  There will be a raffle.

Saturday 22 July – Birthday Party 1pm to 3pm

Saturday 12 August – Wedding 2pm to 3.30pm

Friday 18 August – Wedding 3pm to 4.30pm

Sunday 10 September – visit by members of I Mech E

Sunday 5 November – Ghost Train Special

Sunday 3 December – Santa Special


In addition there will be public running on the first Sunday of each month.

Newsletter Editor:   Stuart Davidson         email: stu.davidson@blueyonder.co.uk             Tel   0191 2531802
Secretary:   Linda Nicholls                          email: lindanic@sky.com                              Tel   01670 816072
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