NARROW GAUGE EFFICIENCY COMPETITION 2009
The Narrow Gauge Efficiency Competition was held this year at the track site of the Erewash Valley Model Engineering Society a few miles north of Borrowash in Derbyshire. The club has done a lot of work in recent years including the construction of a brand new ground level track and the installation of a generator, the club having no mains electricity or water supplies. Water is collected from the clubhouse roof, and leaves boilers completely free of lime scale after years of steaming!
The date this year was moved from the traditional end of June to the beginning, which meant that your editor was very disappointed to be unable to attend, having already booked a trip to Alaska on the assumption that the event would be conducted at the usual time. However, the host club has come to the rescue and we are grateful to Bill Morrison, newsletter editor of the host club, for permission to use material from his newsletter and for the supply of colour photographs.
Winner of the competition was Neil Mortimer for the second year running, and we were pleased to see that the suggestion in our report of last year's event that he might try the big IMLEC was in fact taken up, and he won that too, also with his Polly 3, at Bristol! We don't have a picture of him this year unfortunately. Neil won with a reported efficiency figure of 0.345%, an exceedingly low figure for the event and of course all the other results were ranged below that down to 0.04%. Neil achieved 1.45% last year. One wonders what gave rise to such low figures, and one hopes that the results were at least internally consistent, even if out of line with expectations. We understand that the Birmingham dynamomoter car was used, and that the weather was fine.
Dave Roberts drives his 5" gauge Beyer Peacock 0-6-2 loco of the La Guarera Y Caracas Railway of Venezuela.
David Dick's Sweet Pea 'Millhouse' rounds Storehouse Curve.
FAJ Colin begins his run behind his Tich/Juliet hybrid.
IMLEC competitor Brian Holland gallops up the 1 in 200 straight hauling 21 loaded slate trucks.
Polly model 'Orenstein and Koppel' demonstrator 'Caraline' on the G.L. track, Mike Shaw at the regulator.
Brian Remnant leaves Erewash H.L. with his yellow Sweet Pea at the start of his run.
|N.A.M.E. NARROW GAUGE IMLEC 2009|
|Saturday 30th May|
|Run No.||Engine||Driver||Club||Distance Travelled (Feet)||Laps Run||Work Done (Ft/lbs)||Fuel Used (ounces)||Efficiency (%) *||Position|
|1||Metre Maid||Brian Holland||Oxford MEC||6282||11||13780||40||0.052||15|
|2||Modified Sweet Pea||Brian Remnant||Romney Marsh||12555||22||38027||22||0.263||2|
|3||0-4-0 5"G Tich/Juliet Hybrid||FAJ Collins||Rochdale||9703||17||8010||22||0.055||14|
|4||Sweet Pea||Tim Jenkins||Southport MES||9147||16||16357||27||0.092||9|
|5||Sweet Pea||Marcus Peel||Southport MES||8571||15||17503||15||0.178||4|
|6||Sweet Pea||Dave Dick||Urmston||9706||17||13757||52||0.04||16|
|7||Beyer Peacock 0-6-2||Dave Roberts||Urmston||10853||19||32347||32||0.154||6|
|8||Polly 3||Neil Mortimer||Ickenham & District||12005||21||31669||14||0.345||1|
|9||Sweet Pea||John Ollerenshaw||Erewash Valley||6856||12||12336||16||0.117||7|
|Sunday 31st May|
|11||Conway||John Chambers||Erewash Valley||9703||17||7273||11||0.101||8|
|12||Alice Class Hunslet||Joe Holdsworth||Wrexham||10280||18||31525||56||0.086||10|
|13||Sentinel||Mike Barnett||North Staffs.||10278||18||23959||14||0.261||3|
|15||Polly 3||James Tilbury||Urmston||10284||18||25377||23||0.168||5|
|16||Modified Sweet Pea||Roy Holt||Rochdale||6289||11||12948||24||0.082||11|
|17||Conway||Marcus Peel||Southport MES||8574||15||7360||20||0.056||13|
|* Calculated on an assumed calorific value of coal of 13500 BTU/lb.|
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