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Engineering Challenge – Saturday 26 April

Dear all

Don’t miss Saturday nights engineering challenge !

All will be explained when you get there, but Barbie and Ken are strapped into separate Lynton and Barnstable Railway wagons under water in two separate baby baths!

The challenge is to rescue them in the shortest possible time. You’ll need to making a device out of the available materials that will travel down the track and couple on to the wagon and rescue our two intrepid heroes.

If this leaves you bursting with curiosity come along to the clubhouse and join in the fun at 7pm on Saturday 28th April.

It will be quite a challenge – The winning team gets to set next year’s challenge!

See you there I hope!


Steam Engines of Markham Grange – 7 April

This Saturday, George Dickinson Chief Engineer of Markham Grange Steam Museum is coming to give us a talk. He’ll explain how they got these massive machines running again once they had been saved from the scrapmans torch. Don’t miss what promises to be a special evening!

March 2018 Newsletter

The March 2018 newsletter is now available for download from the web site using this link;


Stationary Engines as Toys over 150 years – Saturday 17th


Committee member Bob Lovatt is to give us a real treat this Saturday evening, when he’ll address us on ‘Stationary Engines as Toys over 150 years’ with an illustrated talk.

Bob has a fine collection of historic machines and it will be a real treat to have him unlock the magic for those of us that grew up with Mamod steam engines, running in the kitchen with the smell of meths pervading the whole house!

We look forward to welcoming you to a fascinating evening in the clubhouse at 7 pm. Don’t miss it!

Richard G
Vice Chair YC&DMES

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Cancelled running day – Sunday 4 March


The Sunday 4 march running day is cancelled.

Even if the snow has gone, none of the 3 railways have had their safety checks or general preparation completed on Wednesday because of the weather.



Film & Auction Night Mk2 – Saturday 24th

Dear members

Our auction at the last meeting was one of the most successful we have ever had and there was so much material to auction, that we ran out of time!

In a slight change of plan the film evening next Saturday will therefore start at 1900 hrs prompt with “A bit more auction ” to be followed by our Amazing Railways film programme which includes some contemporary film of the famous Listowel and Ballybunnion Lartigue Monorail. In action !

Please come and enjoy the evening!

We look forward to seeing you and friends there but please remember only members can participate in
the auction.

Richard (Vice Chairman)

Easter Family Fun Day – Sunday , April 1st


Remember there’s going to be a Family fun day on Easter Sunday , April 1st, so bring along Friends and family. There’ll be lots of free activities for children of all ages;

  • Rocket launching
  • Lego construction
  • Easter bunny treasure hunt
  • Shunting competition
  • Drawing and colouring competition
  • Drive a train (under supervision) for a donation
  • Train rides available all day on
  • Ground level and raised level tracks
  • Refreshments available all day

Here’s a link to the Easter Poster. Feel free to distribute it and encourage family and friends to come and enjoy the activities.


Jack Aitkin auction items


This Saturdays Auction will contain items from Jack Aitkins’s workshop, but there will be reserve prices on some lots, so come prepared with hard currency.

Many thanks

Auction night – Feb 10th


The club Auction on Feb 10th is always one of the most exciting evenings of the year and this year the quantity of entries is outstanding due to the sad demise of several of the club’s stalwarts. Please come and support the club in this major annual fundraising activity and go home with your pockets stuffed!