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08-09-2003, 07:19 AM
Hi y'all
Just found this group and though I'd try it out.
Been working out in the Gulf States for the last 12 years and currently just been moved to the West Midlands in England.
I'll be here for about a three years or so before being moved on again.
I'd like to get setup with a small workshop while I'm here and would like to meet any Brit's in the area who could help me do that.
I've always been interested in steam traction and last week I went to a steam rally up in Pickering in Yorkshire. That was some impressive meeting.
I have never seen anything like this when I was stateside, there were at least 50 of the big ornate showmans engines all in steam at the same time plus many more of the ordinary traction engines and rollers.
I've made some enquries and there are about 15 to 20 companies doing kits for these engines so at the moment I'm spoilt for choice.
So if there are any Brits that can give me any advise on either machinery or models I'd apreciate it.


08-09-2003, 08:59 AM
You're in the "cradle of model engineering" now; the Brits started it. LOok up TEE Publishing Co. http://www.fotec.co.uk/mehs/tee/
This guy http://easyweb.easynet.co.uk/~chrish/homepage.htm also has loads of UK links to model stuff.

And go to the Science Museum in London and see all the models!

Alistair Hosie
08-09-2003, 10:17 AM
Digger I am in Scotland there are a few oldtimers like myself who are in the Uk Ragarsed Raglan(in your area) and John Stevenson (who is off at the moment due to high work load ) but hearty welcome I am sure we all will help you if we can take care Alistair

08-09-2003, 06:30 PM
Thanks for the links I've looked them and there is some neat stuff.
Theres some nice equipment listed on that guy Chris's advert site and it looks very cheap when compared to US Ebay prices.
Thanks for the intro.
One of the Brits I spoke to today also mentioned this Stevenson guy but didn't have any more info.
Is he still around?

I went up to a steam rally at Astle Park today to look at the model traction engines.
Met some nice guys and had a good chat about models and building. Some really dedicated guys at this game over here.
Still spoilt for choice


08-10-2003, 06:03 PM

You may want to pick up "Model Engineer" and "Model Engineers Workshop" as they are far cheaper in the UK than here in Canada! Both have fabulous photography and some truly wonderful models. Well worth looking into.

You picked a wonderful hobby!


08-10-2003, 08:06 PM
Thanks for the reply.
I managed to pick a stack of 1960 and 1970 Model Engineers up from a stall at Astle Park on Saturday. There is a large book shop near where I'm currently working, W M Smith or similar, I'll try there this week.

I did a web search on Saturday night and so far found about 7 or 8 people in the UK who do traction engine kits. I've fired off some emails and we'll see what happens.
At the moment I'm still looking for machinery but not too hard as I'm not setup with fixed accomodation as yet, still currently in one of the company's leased houses. Once I know where I'm going to be based I'll see about getting a house and sorting a workshop out.
So far people I'm met have been very helpful and really interested, I have had lots of offers to help wth houses, moving etc but so far none of the people other that the engine owners at Astle Park and Pickering are involved with this sort of thing.
I may place an advert in that guy Chris Heapies column for some local help.


Ragarsed Raglan
08-12-2003, 04:27 PM

Welcome to the Cradle of the Industrial Revolution.

I'm on the 'Dane Law' boundary! (between Warwickshire and Leicestershire) Have you got an email address where I can contact you?

There's a great steam show coming up this week end at Ashby in Leicestershire. Usual Full size traction engines, tractors, stationary engines, steam wagons, tool stands! Later on in September watch out for the 'Caldecote Steam Party' (and I do mean PARTY!) just off the A5 north of Nuneaton.


08-12-2003, 07:32 PM

You guys get all the fun.... http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//frown.gif

08-12-2003, 08:45 PM
Ain't that the truth. I visited the UK in 2000 for a month and would like to return. My ancestors came from Castle Cary in Somerset.

J. Randall
08-13-2003, 01:41 AM
Bill, Stevenson said he was taking some time off, but he is still posting over on the chaski site some. You might cacth him over there. J.R.

Charles Ping
08-13-2003, 09:46 AM
A lot of UK discussion and action happens on the newsgroup "uk.rec.models.engineering"

The archives and a slightly slow version of the group is on google groups at:


Charles Ping
Suffolk UK

08-14-2003, 06:24 PM
Thanks for the info guys.
RR I don't have a current email at present as I'm using one of our IT guys accounts.
At the moment I'm in a rented flat kept by our company, no computer [ in storage ] and with it all being on mobiles here the flat has no landline.
I'm waiting to see where they move me in the UK, hopefully still in the Midlands and I can rent or buy a house for a few years.

Charles, Thanks for that link it looks interesting if a little slow on posts. Where is the Chatski board that has been mentioned?
I have spent a lot of time looking through the past adverts on that guy Chris's site. I'm amazed at what goes through that site.
People in the US would kill to get some of this machinery at these prices.
I found an old advert with phone number for John Stevenson and rang him. Seemed OK if a bit gruff. He's told me to get back later when I'm a bit better fixed up and he's sort some gear out. Has anyone met or dealt with him in the past.
Got to shoot they want to lock up !


Alistair Hosie
08-14-2003, 06:49 PM
Yes I have spoken to John a few times he's not gruff actually a really nice guy Very Helpful hes just busy at the moment. Alistair

Ragarsed Raglan
08-15-2003, 05:15 PM

Give me a call next week on 01283 525800. If I'm not in leave your number and I'll get back to you.