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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.
What's Coming Up?
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
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.
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.
Cyril Fifield has recently completed another fine 7 ½” gauge locomotive. Lucy took 3 years to build and has real character. She will be a great addition to the CSMEE track.
Lucy is based on the Sweet William design but Cyril has done his own design work to create a small industrial style locomotive. Cyril said that he wanted a locomotive typical of what you might have seen around freezing works etc. He has certainly achieved his objective. Although not part of the original design, Cyril has added a tender to give longer duration between coal and water stops. Also provides the driver a comfortable seat.
Lucy has a full locomotive type boiler with superheaters. The boiler is of steel construction. Operating pressure is 100psi. Wheels are all turned from steel. There are two oil pumps, two axle driven water pumps, injector and the requisite hand pump.
As Cyril was working to his own design he made a mock-up of the side tanks and cab in customwood. He expected to have to change it around a bit to get it just right but was so happy with the first attempt no changes were required. The permanent cab is built in stainless steel and powder coated.
Cyril has been running Lucy at home but has had a frustrating wait for the fire ban to be lifted before trying her on the CSMEE track. The wait will be worth it!
For details of previous Feature Models, look under Gallery Section