I enjoyed this 23rd engine show despite the rain showers that occurred a few
times on both days.
The site seemed quite good when I left despite the rain.
Lots of lovely engines as usual and as always a good number that I had never
My pictures are at
After an evening birthday bash at Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, Hazel & I
drove up to Manchester, stayed overnight & so to Astle Park by 10am. I saw
lots of people I knew & actually remembered to introduce Hazel to everyone!
550 miles in the weekend ....
There were some very interesting engines on display & it was an enjoyable
four hours. Then to the Anson Museum & once again I'm impressed to see how
much work has been done there. The car park is bigger & has a new surface &
the Gardener Room is better arranged as have several other parts of the
museum. The new Crawley Hall has the ex NMSI Mirlees No 1 reclining on its
pallet awaiting work and the gurt steam engine at the end is showing signs
of work too. I was sorry to miss the open evening & hope everyone enjoyed
it. Photos in a day or two.
J. Kim Siddorn,
Haven't been to '1000' engine or Anson museum for 3-4 years. Drove up
through filthy weather on Friday and feared the worst for the weekend. But
Saturday turned out OK bar a couple of heavy showers and Sunday similar
until the heavens opened around 2:30 at which point we decided to cut and
run! Four hour drive back to London through equally dire conditions.
Engine display superb with a huge variety of stuff to look at from the
established 'classics' to those seldom seen oddities which really make a
rally for me. Something I haven't noticed before is a number of 'creations'
by enterprising individuals eg; a horizontal Lister D and a couple of a very
archaic looking inverted verticals, one fashioned from a miscellany of
engine parts attached to a grinder pedestal and the other a Lister VA turned
upside-down, converted to gas and 'open cranked'! Great fun, though I'm not
too sure about hacking up a relatively uncommon VA.
Anson Museum has changed quite a bit and I was utterly entranced by the Otto
and Langen atmospherics (suddenly one realises why the four stoke Otto
'Silent' was so named!) and the Atkinson Cycle engine.
I hovered around the beer tent at 1 O'clock on both days but apart from the
welcome presence of Arthur Griffin on the Sat, the usual gathering of NG
types appeared to be absent. Saw quite a few familiar faces around the rally
field though, and I'm sure there are others I should have recognised (not a
strong point of mine).
All in an excellent weekend.
Had I known there was a beer tent and a beer in the offing I would have
joined you, my mate and I left a 14:30 also and also detoured around Warwick
to avoid the accident on the M1.
I took over seventy pictures which I will put up in the next few days.
I liked the home mades, I have enough bits to create one of my own :-)), I
think I might consider putting in an entry myself next year I'm sure you
could find something also.
"campingstoveman" wrote (snip):-
It is something I have toyed with on occasions, but I would tend towards a
hot air/stirling engine rather than IC for such a project. This:-
is the first public disclosure of what might be called a 'proof of concept'
model of a proposed Stirling engine linkage which I devised while messing
about with Cinderella (no, not something that Helen would be distessed to
learn - Cinderella is interactive geometry software!). Embodying elements of
a bell crank and grasshopper beam mechanisms, it provides the required phase
differance between the dispacer and power pistons, together with straight
line motion for one or the other.
is the germ of an idea for an 'antique' interpretation of same.
And why is webshots insisting that I download it's bloomin' software again
before I can rotate my pictures - Grrrrr.
and its associated forum. I've had a look and call me a luddite, but I still
prefer usenet to web based forums for ease of use - particularly as the
latter's bandwidth hungry and graphics rich format makes them quite
unsuitable for handheld mobile devices.
I don't think I'd want to use a PDA or mobile for any serious web work, my eyes
are simply not good enough! The Ipaq HX4700's that we have are pretty good on
screen definition etc and they have built-in wireless internet and Bluetooth,
but I can manage to wait until I get home to start accessing the web.
The growing numbers of on-line forums just mean that any interest is diluted
across more and more sites, and longer term it won't be a good thing for any of
When there was only one 'proper' engine email list, there was a very large
number of folks who were on it and contributed. Daily messgae count could go
over 100 on busy days. Now there are more and more places to visit, and the
message count is down to zero some days.
As far as stationaryengine.org.uk goes, they don't seem to be atrracting a huge
amount of traffic if that visit counter is correct.
Peter & Rita Forbes
PA> I don't think I'd want to use a PDA or mobile for any serious web
PA> work, my eyes are simply not good enough! The Ipaq HX4700's that we
PA> have are pretty good on screen definition etc and they have built-in
PA> wireless internet and Bluetooth, but I can manage to wait until I get
PA> home to start accessing the web.
I tend to use the PDA for a quick catch up - dead easy with usenet as you
can quickly sync with you news server, switch off the power hungry
wireless, read new messages and compose replies off-line, then on with the
wireless again for a few seconds to re sync.
Living in a tiny 'two up, two down' with the PC consigned to a corner of
the bedroom, it is not always convenient to switch it on, besides which who
wants to wait for a PC to boot just to find that there are no new messages!
nickh=== Posted with Qusnetsoft NewsReader 220.127.116.11
however I will only
be using the for sale/wanted section as this seems quite good, however other
than that I will be sticking to this newsgroup and to the Internal Fire
website. This is because the rest of the forum is to complicated and takes
too long to navigate my way around.
We forget sometimes that others are not so fortunate as us in terms of
We normally have one or two running all the time at the factory on broadband,
and the same at home. If we are in, there's a PC on.
Peter A Forbes
Prepair Ltd, Luton, UK
Yes, 17 sub forums (fora?) does seem a little excessive. I have often
compared participating in this NG to having a good natter at a club night
and I don't expect to be ushered into a different room every time the topic
I forgot to say a big thank you, not only to the organisers for putting on
such a wonderful rally, but also the exhibitors who maintained a 'the show
must go on' attitude throughout (unlike Lamport the other week, very few
tarpaulins were deployed during showers) and who must have had a pretty
miserable time packing up after us punters had cut and run.
Thats exactly the problem i found with it. IF's forum is quite a good one,
they only have 3 sub topics, each of which proves useful to be kept in its