About Us

ABOUT US

The club enjoys a membership of around 80 like-minded individuals with the common interest of “Model Engineering” – we are not just for railway enthusiasts. If you make model boats, traction engines, stationary engines, hot air engines, clocks or anything else with moving parts then the club may be of interst to you. All levels of model-making skills are found among the members, ranging from experts to beginners, while some simply enjoy models and the company of model makers. Club members willingly assist each other with advice on how to solve most problems when building a new model.Our aim is to promote and encourage model engineering and related pastimes. However, many of our member’s interest lies in the construction and operation of miniature working steam or electric locomotives, and so there is a strong bias in the provision of railway related facilities.As a means of demonstrating and enjoying their skills and models, the members have built two miniature passenger-carrying railways – a 1440 ft elevated dual 3.5 and 5 inch gauge track and a 3500ft ground-level dual 5 and 7.25 inch gauge track, together with related infrastructure such as stations, turntables, bridges, etc.Summer Sundays we open to the public, when rides are available on both tracks - 1st Sunday in April until the 2nd Sunday in October, 10.30am to 4.00pm. Additionally, members run their locomotives on a number of Saturdays throughout the year when the public are not admitted.Of course, when the railway is open for passenger rides, members turn their hand to ticket sales, platform duties, train guards, signalman and of course driving. Training and certification is undertaken with members competency being assessed before a role can be taken up.

CLUB MEETINGS

Club meeting nights are held in our comfortable club house, adjacent to the track, on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month, commencing 8.00pm, when we have a variety of activities including visiting speakers, discussions, demonstrations, evening steam ups and just a general get together. Periodical ‘On the Table’ evenings, when members demonstrate and explain about their current projects, are very popular – members have a wide range of models under construction and advice is freely given. Throughout the year we also have a number of social gatherings, be they trackside or in the clubhouse.

 

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