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Canterbury Society of Model Engineers


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.  CSMEE provides train rides to the public on Sunday afternoons.  See details below.


New Tunnel at Halswell Domain!
In an exciting new development, CSMEE Members have been working on the first of two tunnels to be installed on the Halswell Domain track.  Trains are already using the first tunnel with more development work to follow.  Come along and experience it for yourself.


What's Coming Up? 

General Meeting:
6 December  6 - 6.30pm .  Club Rooms, Halswell Domain

End of Year Social BBQ!  Bring a Christmas Hat.

Boat Night:
Tuesday 13 December .  7.30pmClub Rooms, Halswell Domain


       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


Running Days

      Sunday's from 1pm to 4pm.  Train rides $2.

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.

There are now two ways in.  Use the car park off William Brittan Drive or 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.


     Special Bookings

e Club Contact for making a booking for a group to visit our facilities
Peter Grounds Ph 343 1443.
        Look under "About CSMEE / Meetings and Activities" for more details.
Andrew Sullivan's Lake Windermere Steam Launch

November 2015

Andrew Sullivan has recently completed his scale model of a typical Windermere steam boat.  She is built to a 1/6th scale resulting in a model that is 53 inches in length and 13 inch beam.  The quality of the workmanship and attention to detail are of the highest order and won Andrew three awards for 2015; Moody Cup (Best Model Overall), Curry Cup (Best Workmanship) and Harrison Cup (Best Model Boat).

There is a lot of work in a model like this and she took Andrew approximately one year to build (Andrew says there was quite a bit of time before that “getting organised”).  The model has a planked deck of mahogany and a mix of mahogany and kauri, all this  ex Geoff's model and hobby shop in Wanganui

She is steam powdered with a 4 inch horizontal centre flue boiler, with ceramic burner fitted burning 70/30 butane/propane gas mix.  This lasts about 20 minutes on a single charge, but longer on canisters.  The boiler has a working pressure of 80 psi ( 6 bar) and a test pressure 160 psi. The boiler is fitted with a condenser / oil trap for exhaust steam.

The engine is a twin cylinder with 19 mm bore and 19 mm stroke and is fitted with reversing valve linkages.  Water level is maintained by an engine driven water pump with hand pump available if required.

The engine drives a 68mm dia 5 bladed propeller.

Andrew looks forward to many hours pleasurable sailing of the new craft, just like the original that graced the waters of Lake Windermere in the Lakes District of England.  Andrew does acknowledge the assistance from Keith Robson in doing the plumbing and advice from fellow boaties.










For details of previous Feature Models, look under Gallery Section