Since 2005 the Pietermaritzburg Model Engineering Society has annually hosted the Wings, Wheels and Whistles hobby exhibition, and every year it has grown bigger and more popular than the year before, but this year there is a twist in the tale...
Over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of August 2009, the Model Engineering Clubs of South Africa will launch an assault on our small piece of the planet to set a scene filled with enough coal smoke to rival the industrial revolution as fireboxes are lit to once more bring life to their creations. The station will come alive as trains arrive and depart to take the winding track through one of the most scenic layouts in the country, not forgetting the steep climbs that Natal is famous for. Be sure to have a good head of steam before you hit Mpushini Station or you might have to jump off and M-push-ini the train out the hill!
As always the hobbies fair will be in full swing boasting craftsmanship to make your jaw drop. On display can be seen the work of some of the country's top Model Engineers, engines of all shapes and sizes will be brought out and exhibited in the tents along with the usual collection of visiting hobbies like the Woodworkers Guild who will have some live demonstrations of their skills on the lathe.
If you are interested in joining us on this event, whether it be to run your locomotive, exhibit your engine or even just to be a spectator, you are more than welcome.
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Here are a few scenes from around the Pietermaritzburg Model Engineering Society from past exhibitions...
Down in the Valley at Mpushini Station
A Stuart Tipple Expansion Engine
Paul Young's GMAM Garratt in 3 ½"gge
Natal in 5"gge by Basil Palmer
SAR 10 class built by Blaar Coetzee from Bloemfontein
Club Diesel Locomotive, the Halley Flyer
F. A. Koch Bridge & Mpushini Station
Points leaving Halley Park Station
Model Oxwagon by Jerry Alborough
SAR 25NC by Lucas Steyn
Rob Steiger's Navel Gun
Charls Polkey's traction engine
Halley Flyer and Brutus the club locomotives
JJ Pretorius with his UVE2 Sugarcane Locomotive in 7 ¼"gge
Brutus on the downhill
Flyer driven by Roy Raats
John Savage's Beam Engine
JJ Pretorius's SAR 16DA in 5"gge
Inside the horseshoe tents....
Planes Cars Trains and Boats
5"gge Lawley & SAR Class 23 in the background
The Clubs first locomotive, Julius
Crossing F. A Koch Bridge
SAR Tank Locomotive
5"gge modified Simplex
Early Natal Governmental Railways Tank in 5"gge