CONTENTS DECEMBER 2021 Volume 43 Number 6
06 DE-SNAGGING A USED LOCOMOTIVE BUY by Peter and Matthew Kenington
11 PROJECT No.1 – A 5-INCH RAILMOTOR by Andrew Brock
14 HARRY’S GAME – GREEN COAL & MORE by Harry Billmore
18 MAKING A VALVE GEAR DRILLING JIG by Dr Alex Ellin
20 TURNING LARGE RADIUS DOMES ON THE LATHE by Rich Wightman
25 A FEED PUMP FOR THE EIM STEAM PLANT by Martin Gearing
29 CLASSIC BRITISH SINGLE-DRIVER LOCOS by Rodger Bradley
34 YOUNG ENGINEERS – AN AWARD TO ENTER by Matthew Kenington
36 3-IN TRACTION ENGINE – WHEELS & HUBS by Jan-Eric Nyström
39 LETTERS/REVIEWS Making an impact
40 GENERAL NEWS A new Polly loco
41 CLUB & TRACK NEWS Heading into winter season
John Arrowsmith caught serial EIM contributor Matthew Kenington and fellow Hereford member James Knight busy with some loco maintenance at the club’s summer steam-up earlier in the year. This month Matthew and his dad Peter begin describing how they sorted out some issues on a locomotive they bought secondhand.
Is there still a place for the ‘instruction manual’ builds?
Welcome to the December EIM and as this is the 12th edition of the year, seasonal greetings are in order – though of course the vagaries of the modern magazine world mean that most readers will already have read the January issue by the time Christmas arrives, as it publishes on 16th December, some nine days before the festive holiday!
We have some sad news this month with the passing of Ted Jolliffe, a contributor to EIM over very many years. While I have only been in the editorial hot seat for a little over three years I quickly came to know Ted as an enthusiastic and knowledgeable model engineer and I always appreciated receving his latest submission – he will be missed. An appreciation of Ted appears on page 43.
I had an interesting letter from a reader recently – I always welcome your correspondence, even when it’s critical as this one was! Our writer was asking why what he described as the ‘major construction series’ have disappeared from our pages. As an example he quoted the series on building a 5-inch gauge ‘Evening Star’ locomotive that commenced in January 1983 and ran to some 57 parts.
Looking back at this series it is very much nut-&-bolt, describing every process almost instruction-manual like, to the point where one could build exactly the same locomotive simply by reading the words. Our correspondent suggested that the construction series we run these days are more “how I did it” rather than how to do it.
He has a point, but the lack of such series is not a deliberate change in emphasis by ourselves – it has a lot to do with what I see as a change in the hobby. Today those who embark on such major builds seem must less keen to write down every detail of what they do and so such series are very difficult to secure. I have also had one or two readers suggest that they find such a style of feature less enjoyable to read, which leaves me in a bit of a quandry!
So I’m throwing this open to the EIM readership. Write and tell me what you would prefer! And if you have a detailed build to share with your fellow readers, then yes, I’d like to hear from you. Enjoy your EIM. Andrew Charman – Editor
The January issue of Engineering in Miniature publishes on 16th December.
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