This is one of our informal quarterly meetings where our members show off their latest Meccano creations.
Light refreshments will be available and our resident Meccano dealer Ted Muggridge will have new and used parts for sale.
At around 2:00pm we will have a short committee meeting, followed by the Model Tour in which members are invited to give a short talk about their models — in particular their entries for the Secretary’s Challenge!
You are welcome to come along to view the models and chat to our members. If you want to bring along a model of your own, we’d love to see it! Only if you attend our meetings regularly will you be asked to pay our annual subscription charge.
The Live Steam Secretary’s Challenge
This Challenge is to construct any model and power it with a live steam engine.
The Meccano steam engine was introduced in 1914, but this was an imported item. The classic Meccano steam engine was first brought out in 1929 and would cost you 21 shillings back then (£1.05; now £350+ on eBay). The steam engine was reintroduced in 1965, this time manufactured by Mamod and this had a horizontal boiler.
We might have to go outside to run them — I’ll check first!