Affiliated to the Southern Federation of Model Engineering Societies.


Don’t forget this months AGM, 20th April at the Idmiston and Porton Village Hall.7pm for 7.30pm start, your chance to have your say, bring any new ideas to the table or volunteer for any of the committee positions, and pay your membership subscriptions for the next twelve months.


To be discussed at the AGM is the current club constitution and its proposed minor modifications  which may enable  the club to apply for a grant of funds to possibly sponsor a club engine.


Due to the huge increase in second class postage from next month the newsletter will be e-mailed to all members with an e-mail address, members without will still receive their newsletter through the post.

Please check that we have your correct e-mail address at the AGM.


The Sarum Model Traction Engine Club has been invited to exhibit their engines at the Salisbury Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations to be held on 4th June at Hudson’s Field. It has been suggested that we show between 6 to 10 engines including part built and static with a couple of engines in steam. It has yet to be established if there will be a separate area to drive any of them. We will have a large gazebo on site for members and water/coal and parking arrangements are being discussed with the organizers. The committee think that this would be a great opportunity for the general public to meet the club and put us on the map. If you are able to attend and bring an engine please let either Peter Parrish or Martyn Jones know, engines that are in steam will need proof of current insurance and boiler test documentation to meet the Risk Assessment and event organizers criteria.


Boiler Testing Day at the Club House, 25/03/12. (by Martyn Jones)

The day did not get off to a very good start as on arrival at the club house I discovered that the cold weather over the winter had burst the copper cold water supply pipe to the sink, I had intended to change the sink taps but now the supply pipe had to be fixed as well, to cut a long story short we had it fixed in about half an hour and the kettle was on for a coffee. It’s a good job that we always turn the water off at the mains after every visit to the club house.

Seven club members took advantage of the test day and after the hydraulic boiler tests steam was being raised across the site. Charlie and Pete were kept busy for most of the day moving from engine to engine checking safety valves, water pumps, sight glasses and injectors were all working in accordance with the regulations before completing the required paper work 

Tony and John in deep discussion 

 Trevor preparing his Burrell for the steam test

 Charlie and Chris waiting for steam pressure

Stephen’s 4”Burrell raising pressure. 

Boiler test day continued….

Trevor Clay organized the first miniature lorry, traction engine and road roller slow race during the afternoon, a few drivers said they would participate but in the end only 2 runs were made.  The course was undulating and hilly and measured approximately 22 yards. Tony did a good job at keeping his engine moving slowly forward without stopping. Trevor’s excuse was that the pressure was too high and the engine was not as controllable as he would have liked.



Measured time


Run no.


Adjusted time/penalties

Tony Taylor

4.5” Burrell

1 min 45 sec




39.375 seconds.  First!

Trevor Clay

3” Burrell

1 min 30 sec




22.5 seconds















Our thanks to Trevor and well done Tony, next race at Wood Green.


From the Chairman,. Now retirement is more than five months old, I've restarted modelling almost full time, with another 2" scale Burrell Scenic No 3909. The boiler was ordered almost a year ago from Southern Boilers and it arrived just before Christmas. This has been made as near as possible to full size from scaled down drawings NOT from Thetford Town drawings. The only Thetford Town drawings that are any good are possibly the crankshaft, gears and parts of the motion, the rest is free lance!!! So it’s a matter of scaling everything down. A lot of the drawings I did while I had the opportunity of running and operating No 3888 General Gough while it was in Dave Corbin’s ownership.

 I enclose a couple of photos of work so far. All the gearing is cut and set up, wheels all done and painted, front and rear road spring made and fitted, tender and foot plate assembled now and awaiting fitting.


A Life Time Passion for Steam,  by Mike Penny.

My apprenticeship years continued….

For the benefit of those interested in Lorries the tractor unit was a Foden and the trailer a Taskers. The way to load or unload anything on wheels that could be driven or pushed on was as follows, park on a firm and fairly level spot, put two large hydraulic bottle jacks just in front of the back wheel unit under the main side beams of the trailer and then pump up the back end till the weight was off the wheels, remove the wheel unit and roll it off to one side out of the way, put a couple of wooden blocks under the back cross beam of the trailer then let the jacks down and leave the back of the trailer on the blocks. Now place two shallow sloped ramps, made of heavy duty angle behind the trailer the correct width apart to take the back rolls and the front roller then drive or pull the vehicle off. There was so much work doing all this it was best to unload where the trailer could be left till the event was over, drive the roller back on, then jack up again, put the wheels back on, chain the ramps on the trailer with the engine and drive home. If the distance home was not too far the engine could be left in steam ready to drive off when arriving back.


The drive to Andover seemed endless as any journey not travelled before seems the first time. We wound our way through the centre of Amesbury, up the London Road past the railway station then down to Folly Bottom cross roads, we now started the long drag up to the top of Beacon Hill, I have no idea what our weight must have been, an articulated lorry with 8 tons of roller on the back, but I seem to remember Les the driver had to change down a few times and until we got over the top and on the long slope down to Parkhouse Crossroads conversation was virtually impossible.


There were only two seats in the cab and the engine cowling was in between, I was sat on top of this and with the vibration, especially in the lower gears by the time we got to the rally site at Finkley Manor Farm my rear end was numb.


This was totally offset by the sight that greeted me as we drove through the gateway onto the rally field, more engines of all types and sizes than I had ever seen gathered together in one place.

I noticed one had our firms name on the sides of the canopy, I discovered later this was Garrett Tractor no33897, 5nhp, new 1920 and originally owned by R H Dingle in Cornwall and used in a saw mill, then sold to James and Crockerell in 1951, it hauled timber out of the woods at Kelly Bray until 1955, it was then brought up to Crockerell’s yard in Durrington. This engine was later sold to Mr R Bailey of Amesbury who was the man who did all of the steam repairs in James and Crockerell’s yard, he later put rubber tyres on the Garrett and converted her to a Showman’s Tractor. (more on the Andover Rally next month).