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T.S. Colne Light lightship 20th August 2015

This former Trinity House lightship was built in 1954 and now appears on the National Register of Historic Ships. After retirement it became the base for Colchester Sea Scouts who hosted our visit. We were privileged to gain access to some areas not usually accessible to visitors such as the top of the light tower. The Gardner power generators were also run up for us.

Harwich RNLI Lifeboat Station 16th May 2013

We were given a full tour of the lifeboat station and both the inshore Atlantic 75 class lifeboat “Sure & Steadfast” and offshore Severn class lifeboat “Albert Brown”. Viewing of the bridge and engine room on the Albert Brown was just possible in the fading light as a lack of shore supply meant there was no working lighting on board. Much insight was given into the valuable and completely voluntary work carried out by the RNLI’s lifeboat crews.

Colchester Society of Model & Experimental Engineers 17th July 2014

On this visit we were lucky enough to visit the clubhouse and extensive outdoor track layout of the CSMEE. This encompasses three different gauges of track at both ground and elevated levels and features cuttings, tunnels and even a hydraulic drawbridge to admit motor vehicles into the infield of the circuit. A number of excellent live-steam model locomotives were steamed for especially for our visit.