Prompted by a message in the Simplex thread of the General Chat section, I'm finally getting round to posting this information in the correct place. The rather grandly named City of Sunderland Model Engineering Society Limited is 75 years young this year. We meet in Roker Park where we have running facilities for locomotives of 2.5", 3.5", 5" and 7.25" gauge and 3.5" gauge trams, as well as access to the park paths for road vehicles and a lake for boats. We provide train rides to the public (as part of our "rental" agreement with the City Council) every Sunday from Easter through to October. We also have two Open Days each year - June 18th and September 3rd this year - and also open the track through the weekend of the Sunderland International Airshow - July 29th and 30th this year. So there's always lots going on and all are welcome.
Prospective members are always welcome - just come along to Roker Park on a Sunday and have a chat with us. We are the usual mixed bag of oddballs and eccentrics, but we are all very friendly! Or call the Secretary, Albert Stephenson, on 01429 299649 for more information. Our old website is now defunct, but a new one is under construction - I'll post the URL here when it is up and running.
A note to let everyone know (or remind people, as I think it will have been advertised in the ME) that the Curly Bowl competition will be a feature of the City of Sunderland MES Open Day on September 3rd this year - all welcome. This is a competition (more of a "concours d'elegance") for locos built to LBSC's "words and music" and is always a relaxed and friendly affair. We last hosted this competition in 1986 so we are looking forward to its return. If anyone would like to enter the competition, please contact the Secretary (Albert Stephenson) on 01429 299649 for more details. Roker Park is just off the sea front - Side Cliffe Road - in Roker, just north of Sunderland city centre, so you could bring the family and leave them on the beach!
PS - Our website is still not up and running, but as soon as it is, I'll post the URL
At the risk of incurring the wrath of the Model Engineer editorial staff, I can reveal that the winner of the Curly Bowl at the Sunderland track today was John Mills of Bradford Model Engineering Society with his absoutely superb "Lion":-
The few showers that interrupted the sunshine did nothing to spoil a thoroughly enjoyable day - but I'll leave it to the ME to provide a full report!
Just to let everyone know that the City of Sunderland MES website is now up and (almost) running at www.csmes.co.uk It's not quite finished yet, but there are some good pics of the Curly Bowl comp ( courtesy of Eric ) and the usual contact and location info. More will be added as and when.