Up Or Down Hill? Paul Hicks Provides The Answer….

Gradient posts. Stick a bit of wood to a post with some nails I thought… think again. Gradient posts are signposts used on the rail network to indicate the ruling gradient to firemen and drivers. They appear beside the track and indicate the gradient and its direction (rising or falling), graphically, as a ratio. For Read more about Up Or Down Hill? Paul Hicks Provides The Answer….[…]

‘Hyperion’ – Last Journey?

‘Hyperion’ underwent her four yearly hydraulic test which, I am pleased to report, she passed.  However, the wet header gasket required replacement which meant the removal of the chimney, kylchaps, smokebox door & ring, main steam pipes & superheaters.  Seeing her on track after the test she looked rather forlorn and sorry for herself, particularly Read more about ‘Hyperion’ – Last Journey?[…]

Bits & Pieces Evening & The Farr Trophy

This years event was well attended with a good selection of members work on display.  The range of engineering undertaken is quite amazing.  Projects ranged from examples of precision machining and milling exercises undertaken by apprentices as part of their training which produced ‘novelty’ items through to a miniature petrol engine ‘Sealion’ designed by Edgar Read more about Bits & Pieces Evening & The Farr Trophy[…]

South African Class 16DA

Not everybody can claim to have built a live steam model of a South African Railways 16DA pacific on their dining room table.  Richard can!  His recently completed model is due to make its debut at the Strathaven Model Society’s 2018 barbecue steam up.  Enjoy the selection of photographs showing the progress of the build Read more about South African Class 16DA[…]