Martin and I visited NSME Ltd. today. They have a complex of buildings in the corner of Delapre Park in Northampton and an extensive railway that they are constantly working on. We were kindly given a tour of the current track and their new works and we discussed the similarities and differences between NSME and Northackton.
There are two main differences, the first being that the NSME has been running for quite a few decades now, and is well established. The second is the difference in focus between the groups. NSME is primarily (but not exclusively) focussed on mechanical projects, such as the railway and its engines. Northackton will have a broader range, with focus more likely to be on electronics and software.
The similarities are very interesting, in that both groups have a culture of learning new skills through meeting new people, and I hope that we’d be able to work together in the future. Northackton can provide microcontroller knowhow to NSME and the NSME could help us with mechanical guidance if we were to tackle more physical projects.
The next public running of the trains at Delapre Park is the 6th June. The club meets Tuesday evenings and Sundays, with private running on Monday 31st May and 15th June (6PM – 10PM, so there’s time before the Northackton meet starts!).