CONTENTS NOVEMBER 2022 Volume 44 Number 05
06 NORTH LONDON TANK – BOILERMAKING by Andrew Brock
10 EVENT: SHREWSBURY STEAM RALLY by John Arrowsmith
13 HARRY’S GAME: MANY PRESSING CHALLENGES by Harry Billmore
19 STIRLING SINGLE: CAB AND TENDER PLATING by Bruce Boldner
22 BUILD A 71/4-INCH GAUGE RIDE-ON TENDER by Peter & Matthew Kenington
28 MAKING LOUVRES IN METAL PLATE by Rich Wightman
32 RANSOMES REBUILD – BOILERS & STAYS by Howard & Isaac Trendell
35 EVENT: 71/4-INCH GAUGE SOCIETY AGM by John Arrowsmith
38 GENERAL NEWS Last day of the Rhiw Valley
40 CLUB & TRACK NEWS
Very much demonstrating the lifelong appeal of model engineering is seven-year old Connor Lake, quite happy on the controls of dad Andrew’s Foden steam lorry during the recent Shrewsbury Steam Rally – John Arrowsmith reports on the event in this issue.
Good and bad miniature news over recent weeks...
Welcome to the November edition of EIM and it’s been a busy few weeks in the model and miniature engineering world. I’m writing these words having just returned from an enjoyable afternoon on a miniature railway but a sad one nonetheless, as it marked the final run of the Rhiw Valley Light Railway – a highly attractive 15-inch gauge line located just a couple of miles from where I live.
Sadly as you can read on page 38 this is yet another example of what can happen to an enthusiast’s pride and joy following their passing – though in this case the line lasted much longer than perhaps might have been expected, as its founder Jack Woodroffe died in 1990 and only the dedication of his widow and son kept the line operating until now.
The big news of the month, though we haven’t been officially told it yet, is the return of the National Model Engineering Exhibition after three years prevented by Covid, and its return too to its former home in Harrogate – you can read about that on page 39. I write this while looking forward immensely to heading to the Midlands show, just over a week away as this page goes to press. Let’s hope both the Midlands and the Harrogate events see a big attendance as I’ve said it before, we need our shows!
We’ve another mixed bag for you this month, a definite highlight being the start of another major project from that innovative father-and-son pairing the Keningtons, building a very attractive riding truck and tender that many readers should find of use.
I have to admit to particularly enjoying laying out Harry’s tales from the Fairbourne Railway workshop this month – despite him sending more than 40 photos with his latest missive! Judging by the feedback I get from readers these are some of the most popular pages in the magazine, and this month you could almost hear the choice language that must have resounded around the workshop as a set of wheels contrived to foil Harry’s efforts to turn them into something useful.
Thanks to the readers who have responded to my recent requests for features – the feature file is now looking rather more healthy, particularly with railway loco builds, which are of course perennially popular. We could do with some more workshop tool pieces however, if anyone feels that way inclined... Andrew Charman – Editor
The December issue of Engineering in Miniature publishes on 16th November
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