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Canterbury Society of Model Engineers - celebrating 80 years!
The Canterbury Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Inc (CSMEE) is for all people in the Canterbury region who are interested in the design, construction and operation of models and machines. We are based at Halswell Domain. Come and see for yourself, we would love to see you. Why not become a member or supporter of CSMEE? Click here to check out our Facebook Page. Take advantage of our new Family Membership.
The Club Contact for making a booking for a group to visit our facilities is Cameron Bishop Ph 022 0799 811 or John Howie Ph 328-7459. See details under "About CSMEE / Meetings and Activities" for more details.
What's Coming Up?
CSMEE is hosting the Bi-annual Model Engineering Rally CANMOD 2014. 2 - 6 Jan 2014.
See CANMOD '14 page in Menu above for more details and regular updates of this not to be missed event.
Click on the video to the right to view a promotional video.
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN. SEE CANMOD '14 Tab for details or CLICK HERE
Club members (who are all volunteers) endeavor to run model trains at our site in the Halswell Domain on Sunday afternoons from 1pm to 4pm throughout the year - subject to weather.
Follow the signs at the main entrance to the domain - off Halswell Road
Special Boat Sailing days are held the 2nd Sunday of each month. Traction engines and other models will be operated from time to time.
Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that trains and other services run as advertised, CSMEE reserves the right to cancel any service without notice and no liability for any loss will be accepted by CSMEE.
Meetings will be held at 7.30pm at our Clubrooms at Halswell Domain
First Tuesday of the month - General Meeting often with a guest speaker
Second Tuesday of the month - Boat meeting
Third Tuesday of the month - Chat night
What do you call a collection of locomotives? Whatever it is Rob Wilson has one.
Our Feature model is this time actually five locomotives that make up Rob's fine collection
FEATURE MODEL - Rob Wilson's Locos
The first loco in the collection came about after Rob became interested in the sugar cane railways of Queensland. “Mountaineer” was built to resemble a Baldwin bogie loco seen during a visit to the Bundaberg Sugar Refinery. This loco has now travelled over 2800kms mainly around the Halswell track. It uses a 4 stroke engine with an Eaton hydrostatic drive to all wheels. After considering the best and most efficient drive system Rob has settled on this arrangement for all his locos. These use a continuous chain around both axles of a bogie, then extend the chain up over a lay shaft sprocket at the top directly above the pivot point. The vertical chain lengths allow the bogie to pivot very easily.
The next loco built was the French Bo-Bo shunting loco. It is painted and lettered in the green Fret colour scheme. This loco is affectionately known as “Kermit”.
Rob’s next effort was a shortened version of a “Genset” loco in UP colours.
Then came the Galloping Goose No. 2.
Galloping Goose is the popular name given to a series of seven railcars built between 1931 and 1936 by the Rio Grande Southern Railroad (RGS) and operated until the end of service on the line in the early 1950s.
Originally running steam locomotives on narrow gauge railways, the perpetually-struggling RGS developed the first of the "geese" as a way to stave off bankruptcy and keep its contract to run mail to towns in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. These were not only less expensive to operate, but were also significantly lighter, thus reducing impact on the rails and roadbeds. This cost saving meant that the first Goose was paid off and making a profit within three weeks of going into service.
RGS devised the railcar using Buick and Pierce-Arrow automobiles or bus front ends and a box car rear end. Seven Geese were built and all but one survive today. Goose No. 2 is at the Colorado Railway Museum.
They were serviceable and definitely fit for their purpose. Traveling through the countryside with a horn that could easily be mistaken for the call of a real goose, they were said to have “waddled” down the uneven, poorly maintained tracks of the cash-strapped Rio Grande Southern thus gaining their nickname.
Rob researched the original and found scale drawings and copious photos resulting in a very nice, albeit unusual, 1/5th full size scale model. This loco drives only the rear wheels under the freight box. Rob says it really is “something different” and is a lot of fun to drive and see running.
Construction follows Rob’s usual approach with the outer skin 0.9mm zintex sheet pop riveted to the frame after the panels have a bead of glue inserted where they match the frame. This takes the vibration out of large panel work.
The drive system also follows Rob’s usual pattern. The rear drive axles have the outside chains and sprockets fitted as per the original, but they serve no drive function as one sprocket is free to turn on the shaft. The side door on the RHS of the box opens to allow motor starting and the roof is hinged at the rear to facilitate re-fuelling and service duties. The Goose is driven from a 4 wheel car that has the wagon (car) brake compressor, tank and controls fitted inside. It will easily pull two club passenger wagons.
The snow plough is a distinctive feature. Rob rolled it out of 3mm plate over an old fire extinguisher in a bench vice. The bell was found in a souvenir store on a holiday to the West Coast. The front working headlights are cut down motorcycle indicators with a pleasing yellow colour and the roof mounted headlight is an LED torch.
Rob’s latest loco is again a cane loco but this time rather than another bogie loco it is an 040 Comeng design. This is also built to scale using drawings off the ‘net.
This loco is only 4 wheel drive so Rob has deliberately made it very heavy. It has wide flange wheels cast in SG Iron from a club pattern. The loco is very powerful and can easily pull 3 fully laden passenger wagons. This loco is lettered and numbered for its home, the now defunct Fairymead Refinery in Queensland.
Rob notes the invaluable assistance received from several club members in constructing his locos.
project: a Swiss narrow gauge diesel.
Rob's latest loco. 040
Rob Wilson at the controls of the Galloping Goose
Mountaineer in the livery of Bunderberg Sugar Refinery
French Bo-Bo shunting loco
The Genset Loco