I have been sent this photograph of one of our ‘helpers’ inside the museum, working on one of the Meccano models. It shows a view around part of the museum, including, among other items, some bridge plates and the lever frame from Hemyock.
This photo was taken before the bench was recovered – it is now covered in an attractive blue material.
Sad to relate, after all our man’s work, it still wouldn’t float!!!
This particular exhibit was with us a few years ago and has now re-appeared on the Memories of Burntwood Facebook Group page.
Eugene Damon – Peter Styche, Hi Ya – yes you are correct it is a Chinese South Seeking Chariot. They used to use them about 2000 years ago to keep their bearings when crossing the deserts, When it is on the move it can turn left or right up or down or do a full circle but the pointer will stay on the target that was selected This model in the photo was made in 2010 by a member of Chasewater Light Railway, Do any of you know how it works? If not, why not pay a visit to the museum at the railway were it will be on display for a short while and the staff will give you a little demo on how it works, as it would take a little too long and to complex about the gearing to explain on here.
More Meccano in the Museum
The top three have been with us for a while – everything works on the crane, the wheels go round on the locomotive, but sadly the ship won’t float!!