London Model Engineering Exhibition - January 2011
The POG once again had a stand at this year's LMEE held at Alexandra Palace in January. The portable track was again very popular with many rides being given. It was nice to see new engines nearing completion and we look forward to seeing them running. Overall the show was good for the POG with much interest being shown. Thanks go to all the members who exhibited their engines and helped on the stand.
IMLEC 2010 Bournemouth & District SME - July 2010
The IMLEC trials were held by the Bournemouth & District SME this year on their challenging track in the Littledown Sports Centre. The setting of the track is very nice bing located partially in woods and overlooking the lake and sports fields.
James Tilbury and Neil Mortimer were once again competing with their Polly V and Polly III respectively. Both had added further modifications to their engines since last year with James fitting balanced slide valves and Neil a Lempor exhaust system.
Both did extremely well with Neil coming 3rd and James 4th in a completely open field of competitors. Well done to them both.
POG Invitation Rally, Bristol Society of Model and Experimental Engineers - June 2010
Bristol SMEE kindly invited the POG to one of their evening events at their track. The evening turned out to be glorious, as you can see from the photos, and much fun was had going round their interesting track. They kindly laid on a BBQ and cakes for us which were very much enjoyed! Thank you to Bristol SMEE for the invitation and such an enjoyable evening.
The Polly Owners Group at the London Model Engineering Exhibition - January 2010
The Polly Owners Group had a stand at the recent London Model Engineering Exhibition held at Alexandra Palace in January. Fortunately the snow had decided to leave us by the time set up day arrived and a good stand, together with portable track, had been put together by the end of the Thursday evening.
Over the duration of the show many rides were given and a good deal of interest shown in the POG and in Polly's overall.
Many thanks to all the members who helped on the stand and displayed their locomotives.
IMLEC 2009 at Bristol SMEE - July 2009
July 4th and 5th saw the IMLEC competition being held at the Bristol Society of Model and Experimental Engineers. IMLEC is in its 40th year this year and the Bristol Society is celebrating its Centenary so two major milestones were celebrated. The weekend saw a mix of weather with Saturday being fine and Sunday afternoon suffering from very heavy showers.
There were a total of 27 entries with a wide range of locomotives competing. POG members Neil Mortimer and James Tilbury were competing with their modified Polly 3 and Polly 5 respectively. Neil started off this year's IMLEC being first run at 8:30 Saturday morning, a start time that caused Neil a certain amount of worry when he realised that fitting breakfast in would be a challenge! Both Neil and James chose their loads wisely and ran well round Bristol's excellently laid track, coping with their loads of 9 adults well on the banks. In the end Neil was placed first in the IMLEC competition with an efficiency of 1.35% and James 10th with an efficiency of 0.83%. Neil admitted that his nerves were suffering by Sunday afternoon having lead the leader board from the beginning!
Congratulations to both Neil and James.
Nottingham SMEE Kit Builders Day - July 2009
Saturday 11th July saw the Nottingham SMEE hold the first kit builders day. This was held to bring together people who had built kit locomotives and to have an enjoyable time. The event was well attended with Pollys and a thoroughly good day was had by all. There were also examples of other kit built locomotives present. The day coincided with the opening of the new platform at Ruddington, so there was a Gala event being held as well with the GCR 04 2-8-0 visiting.
Narrow Gauge IMLEC - May 2009
This year's event was hosted by Erewash Valley Model Engineering Society. The weekend turned out to be hot and there was a very good turnout. Neil Mortimer and James Tilbury were back competing again but this time it was possible to use the Birmingham Dynamometer car which was kindly loaned. This meant an efficiency value could be calculated. Congratulations to Neil who won the previous winners trophy and James who came second in the main competition.
Polly Owners Group at the London Model Engineering Exhibition, Alexandra Palace - January 2009
The Polly Owners Group had a stand at the Exhibition and also operated a Portable Track giving free rides which was very successful. There was a good display of Pollys and engines from the Practical Scale range including the new Q1 by Nick Feast. A lot of discussion took place and it was nice to talk to so many Polly Owners. Many thanks to all those who displayed their engines and helped during the event.
Narrow Gauge IMLEC - June 2008
The Narrow Gauge Efficiency Competition run by the Northern Association of Model Engineers was held at the challenging track of the Rochdale Society of Model Engineers on 14th and 15th June 2008. There were 12 entries including two Polly’s by Neil Mortimer and Keith and James Tilbury.
The locomotives run for half an hour pulling loaded scale loose-coupled slate wagons, the number of which is decided by the driver. There is a speed limit of 5mph imposed. The winner is the locomotive which does the most work, burning the least amount of coal. This year, as no dynamometer car was used, efficiency was not worked out but the winner was decided by the lowest pounds of coal per tonne mile figure obtained. This figure is reached using the following formula:
Result = [Coal Used (lbs)] / [Load (tons) x Distance Travelled (miles)]
Congratulations to Neil Mortimer who won the Previous Winners trophy, having won the event last year, and produced the best overall figure of 1.64 lbs/ton. mile pulling a load of over 1000 lbs. Congratulations also go to James Tilbury who came 2nd in the NgIMLEC competition and to Keith Tilbury who came 5th.