Highest Model Engineering Award in New Zealand
John Heald's DHR B-Class locomotive has taken the prestigeous Canterbury Award, the highest honor among model engineers in New Zealand. The award was presented during the main dinner and ceremonies at the bi-annual MEANZ international convention held this year in Whangarei, NZ. The award, judged by an international panel of respected figures in the model engineering community and presented by the Canterbury Society of Model and Experimental Engineers (CSMEE) is for best model of any kind, not limited to locomotives. CSMEE member Jock Miller presented John with the award, and John thanked everyone who had given him assistance with the locomotive and the prototype 2205 Duplex Steel Boiler. The award is a validation of the great effort that was made to make the engine not only look good, but steam well and ride well as it did during the convention and all of its other outings during its inaugural New Zealand summer steam season. The award is engraved with all of the past winners and when the new engraving is complete we will have more pictures of the award itself.