Hello everyone, I'm a member of the Elmdon Model Engineering Society, based at the birmingham and midland museum of transport in Wythall, south Birmingham. We have 3 1/2" 5" and 7 1/4" gauges all at ground level with an interesting track of about 1000 feet in pleasant surroundings, with 2 level crossings, a viaduct and an 80' long curved tunnel. The club has 3 engines of it's own, a Black 5, a Hunslet and a petrol loco, all in 7 1/4 We, like many clubs, are starting to suffer from a lack of active members and just wondered if anyone would be interested in coming along and saying hello. Our website is www.wythallsteamrail.co.uk which should be having a major revamp soon. We run about 12 times a year for the public on the museums main event days and do various portable track events. The track is available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year for members use! More images from a few years ago (it's changed a bit since then!) are available here, thanks for looking www.sharpos-world.co.uk/mainindx/mini/elmdon/elmdon.htm
There's a very interesting write-up in this week's Model Engineer on the subject of retubing a boiler, by Dennis Herbert of your society. Of course you will know this, but for anyone else reading this, it's as I said, interesting.
Many of the model engineering societies/clubs seem to be in recession at the moment, which is a great pity. As for my own society, of 22 members, currently less than half have paid their subs for this year, and we have no young or junior members. Do make sure that your Secretary writes to ME and MEI to get free publicity in the Club Chat sections. These often seem to be dominated by the larger clubs, but I guess that's mainly because the smaller clubs don't bother to write in.
Geoff (in frosty Cornwall)
Locos: 'Pansy' and , Maid of Kent (complete, with full tickets), Dukedog (working on valances and smokebox (Nov 2012)), '2800' Swindon (rolling chassis;) B1 (Sprinbok), purchased as investment, 90% complete) All currently in 'hibination' status!