2013 Exhibition 11th & 12th May

The society was formed in 1985 when a group of friends rented a small clubroom in Cleethorpes and built a layout named May Street Junction, early construction faults brought problems, so in the late 1980's a new layout was planned.

If you are looking for information regarding transport in and around London, you can contact TFL using the Transport for London contact number. The handy website will cater to all your travel needs in the capital.

After fifteen years of working in cramped conditions, the society moved into a larger building (In Grimsby) were we now have three 'OO'gauge & one Scalefour working layouts.

Club nights are every Wednesday and Friday from 7.30pm. Evenings are taken up with layout building, making scenery and electrics. When we can we keep our hand in at operating the layouts, (playing trains).

The ground floor "progressively being modernized" we have space for two of the clubs layouts to be erected, along with work benches where you can repair or build models for club or home layout, storage cupboards and the kitchen sink. We are also building up  a useful library of books, videos and magazines.

Upstairs along with one layout the Northern Lincolnshire area group of the N Gauge society are now at home, meeting on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month.

New members of all ages are always welcome. We always make time for coffee and a chat about modeling or railway topics. For further information go to the contacts link above. Come and meet us. The aims of the society are to help improve everyone's modeling skills and to promote the hobby of railway modeling.

Pendolino tilting train experience
Riding a train can be an exhilarating experience. You get to ride on a not-so-common mode of transport that is arguably faster than most other forms of land transport. Train rides, especially modern ones are very conformable. One reason for this is that more and more people are opting to ride on trains for longer journeys. This has the benefit of saving time, time that would have been wasted sitting in traffic. That said, more and more cities are looking for ways to make this mode of transport faster. One way of doing this is by introducing Pendolino trains.

What are Pendolino trains

As you know, trains typically travel in a straight line on a railway track laid flat on the ground. This has two effects; the train travels in a relatively level manner and the train cannot surpass certain speeds. If the train surpasses its rated speeds, there is a chance of it derailing. In a bid to make sure trains travel faster and do not derail in the process, engineers have introduced trains that tilt. Think about this. If you have seen a race track, or even a road where cars are meant to travel at high speeds, the road is tilted in what is known as a bank. This ensures that the cars do not go off the track even when travelling at higher speeds. This idea is being introduced to trains. The ability to tilt like this is achieved using sensors, computers and hydraulic jacks. As the train enters a curve, the sensors alert the jacks that tilt the train in the required direction. If the trains are travelling too fast, though, the computer stops the train from tilting. This causes friction between the wheels and the trails which slows down the train to a manageable speed. The so-called Pendolino trains can now travel faster, even at corners and curves where they previously could not.

The Virgin Pendolino train experience

A change in direction, in this case, a horizontal direction, can cause certain sensations. One of these sensations that travellers have experienced is likened to seasickness. This is attributed to the change in position as the trains enter the curves. Because the trains no longer slow down, they tilt in the direction of the curve thereby causing these effects. Despite this, the overall satisfaction in train rides has increased. In the past, trains had to slow down and then speed up depending on where they were. They would speed up on the straight sections and then slow down when they came to a winding section. These changes in speed, sometimes sudden, would be quite uncomfortable to most travellers. Now, apart from the tilting to the side, much like what would happen in a vehicle, passenger enjoy an even smoother ride. How to make the Pendolino experience even betterOne of the ways engineers think could make the rides smoother would be to have longer curves. You see, when the curves are longer, the angle of tilting will be less. Even then, due to the large curvature, the trains would be able to travel even faster with much less tilting. All in all, a welcome developmentThe Pendolino tilting train experience is one that everyone should experience and not just for the sensations. The tilting trains travel faster, ensuring you get where you would like to much faster. It also offers a smoother ride than would be possible in standard, non-tilting trains. This has the effect of improving service and overall traveller satisfaction in addition to enticing a lot more people to hop on trains instead of sitting in traffic jams.