Family Running Day 29th December 2018

A rather hastily running day was organised (In the bit between Christmas and New year). The weather was dry but cold, but all in all we had a very good turn out.

Mike and Beth H had their daughter Jacqueline, son-in-law Nick and 2 boys, Lockie and Harry over from Brisbane, Australia. Going by the pictures, they look like they had a good time.

We had 3 steam Loco’s 1 Battery Loco, and Ralph R ‘Marham Monster’ which I believe ran out of petrol, probably lost from the clacks? There was also a drone flying and a boat on the pond, so all in all a very good representation of what we are all about.

The Traction Engines were still tucked up warm in the sheds and too cold to bring them out.

Every one who wanted a drive did on most of the locos and all in all a good day was had be all.

50th Anniversary of The Weeting Rally

The Weeting Rally! What a three days! I do not think the locomotives or the Traction engines stopped during the whole time. The weather was glorious, perhaps a little to hot, but on the station it was just great, every one busy and the queue was never really to long, so we coped well.

Thank you to every one who helped, every one did a great job. WELL DONE.

Geoff B 3″ Traction engine and kit.

Robbie E nicely turned out “EIGIAU”.


Model Section Winner 2018 was Mr Ray Wad with his 4″ Burrell DCC Road Locomotive.

Pictures of The Weeting Rally before and during – I hope you like them.

Paul B erecting the hazard lights.

Geoff B painting the hazard stipes.

Myles C on Rob E’s “Eigiau”.

Dave M testing Norman H 71/4″ “Edward Thomas”.

Thanks to Clive J, well done.

Hockwold Country Fair 2018

We were again blessed with super weather at this years show. We had the small marquee up in no time on the Saturday and Sunday started early; most people getting there for about 8 o’clock in the morning. We had a very good show of exhibits from model boats to model aircraft to model helicopters, from battery loco’s to steam loco’s, to a large Traction engine, and a slightly smaller traction engine to a scale land rover and horse box to a scale model “Foden” steam lorry. A 6” scale Model T Ford van and a model table top i/c engine, all very good.

We had lunch together thanks to Gill F and Dee W who had a dry run of our proposed Anniversary supper, and we were some what sold on “The Pimms” – very nice! Thank you ladies! Every picture tell a thousand words, so here are some of the pictures.

Geoff B Model T van and behind is Ralph R Land Rover and horse box.

Lunch Time!

Dave M with his Fokker Tri Plane.

View into the display area.

Dave M giving the Fokker’s engine a test – it wanted to go and the pilots scarf showed this.

Charles Burrell Open Day April 2018

Easter Sunday was the first open day this year, the Museum being closed during the winter season. The weather was not on our side and it was cold and wet.

Dave and Peter T showed two really lovely Showman engines (Excuse my ignorance if they were not showman’s) very neat and there is something about a traction engine, no Hussle or Bustle, just plink, plonk, plink plonk, very pleasing.

Mr Parrott had his usual full size engines which as above ticked over as though they had been running for ever (they probably had)

Ray R had his steam car and there was a very neat “Foden” lorry which ran very nicely. The museum was packed, it showed a lack of “ ealth and safety “ in Mr Burrells days. How they turned out such heavy engines with such basic machine’s one can only guess?

Chris H traction engine was absent, perhaps it was raining too much.


Club Steam Up Day – February 2018

It has been two years, 120 tons of ballast and many metres probably 1000 metres of gravel boards, nearly 1000 very heavy blocks and some 6500 hours of work done, by, well almost everyone in the club at one time or another, but really by a dedicated work force of a few.

So, Saturday is our play day, so it was decided to have a few engines running and we would have cake instead of biscuits with our tea.

Wives once again stepped up to the plate and provided us with three delicious cakes, all in the general theme of work and railways.

Members started to arrive, and engines started to be steamed up, airplanes started to fly, boats started to make waves in the boating pool, Chris H had a ball.

Two “Sweet peas” came into steam and “wow” Geoff E engine “Sherpa” has been totally transformed, looking very Indian. Ken W pulled a rake of waggons bought in by Kevin B and this look very good and sounded even better. Ralph R who had tested his new acquisition the day before went around very sedately even though there was still a bit of a squeak, a giant of an engine which will pull a very large load, we will see. Off to the paint shop now.

Our new junior member Sam H enjoyed driving his electric loco round, this is what BDSME needs, youngsters who are as keen as he is.

Jason C, drove the club electric round also, he bought along a friend from The Kings Lynn club, together they seem to have a super time, especially as they were all tied to the inside circuit, not because the outside circuit was not working, it was because Peter and Dave T had bought an engine they had been working on for a client along for a road test. It was a 7 ¼” gauge Bullied Pacific.  A superb model and I imagine a delight to drive. Peter and Dave were pleased after the run, so were we, an absolute superb model steam engine.

Ray R bought along a stationary i/c engine, it ran well and was very nice.

It was also great that Mike S had spoken the Roy Butcher and Roy had agreed to come along, it was nice to speak to this former member of our club and to take cake with both Roy and Rodney Clarke who was also at the celebration.

OK it was time for cake, three different models, by three different people but none the less each was delicious, not much was left, and nobodies arm was twisted to have another piece. Thank you, ladies, very much, it made the day.

Thanks also for all the people who attended even at such short notice. I do hope I have not left anyone out who had a loco, but if I did please put it down to age and forgetfulness.

A very pleasant day, lucky with the weather, and a fitting way to mark the two years of hard graft that we have all put into this project.

Mike W