Since the earliest days of the industrial revolution engineers have constructed models of their designs to test and predict the performance of the intended full-scale structure. Indeed it was the repair of a model that prompted James Watt to undertake his pioneering work on the steam engine. Many people interested in the technology of the day made engineering models and it became a popular pastime. To find out more please visit our About page.
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The Society operates its own workshop and owns several machine tools for members to use
The Society operates a portable railway track that attends local gala days and charity events where rides are given to members of the public behind miniature “live-steam” locomotives.
ESME meets weekly with a regular programme of lectures, video events and site visits to develop the knowledge and skills of members
At the moment the Society has a miniature railway in the grounds of a private house near Edinburgh. The track totals over half a mile in length. ESME is currently developing a new track and model engineering centre at nearby Almondell Woods.
Some members will know Kieran as a young enthusiastic model maker and friend of Jeremy Bull in Perth. He’s not a member but he sent me an interesting story, which follows, with images. It was on one of our clearances, Kieran had his eyes on a miniature lathe which he was keen on purchasing.[…]
Thursday A quick inspection of the cross site road showed that repair in a day by the Thursday group was not possible. This is really a job more suited to the Saturday gang. Instead we set about reinstating the linking track between it and the west of the 3-track trackbed. This took all morning but[…]
Thursday – the excitement of the morning was the arrival of an artic with the 1.2 ton bundle of new rail for circuit B. This was stored away before lunch and will allow us to lay around 700 feet of the “Newliston” 5/7.25″ circuit before we disrupt Newliston. Being new rail it will allow relatively[…]
Thursday – the extraction of logs from the bottom west end took place as planned and three fires in the area coped with most of the smaller debris. A significant change in the day, including clearance of old cut branches from a marked track bed out beyond the tree line. Most logs were taken up[…]
The photo shows John being presented with the John Russell Memorial Trophy. This was presented to John, who has shown an outstanding contribution and commitment over a number of years to the Society. He was also awarded an Honorary Membership. He was delighted with this and asked that his thanks be passed on to the[…]
Brian has been a dedicated volunteer at the site at Almondell since early 2014. He is respected by all for his willingness to help with, and knowledge about, any problem we encounter, particularly to do with troublesome trees. Sadly, Brian was diagnosed with MND last year and has deteriorated rapidly since then and is now[…]
Thursday – the weather turned out nowhere nearly bad as forecast but numbers were down to 8, partly in anticipation of the forecast snow. The morning started with a delivery of blaes, some of which was put to good use on the “Newliston” track bed down to the west. Bob’s determination finally paid off in[…]