our activities interest you, and you are considering joining the club, you
may freely come along to a couple of our meetings to see what we are all
about. Approximately half of the membership are engineers
experienced in working with lathes, milling machines, etc. The remaining
half of our members have a variety of different skill-sets;
computer-aided design, robotics, computing, electronics, carpentry and
wood-turning, to name but a few. Some of our younger (and not so young)
members have loft or garden railways at home, and one of our female
members is very much into jewellery making. The sheer diversity of
skill-sets within our club makes it more interesting for all, especially
when these members display their work for the rest of the club to see.
times a year we have our ‘Seen on the Table’ night, where members
bring along items that they have been making and discuss the progress of
their work. This has proven to be an excellent forum for discussion and
learning. The club certainly has many like-minded people with whom you may
compare notes and exchange ideas. Some members get their main pleasure out
of operating our railways. For those who may be interested in operating
our railway, we have to point out you will need to go through a training
programme. This is similar to that of the full-size railway in that there
is a steady progression through all the jobs involved in the operating the
railway, e.g. Station staff, guard, signalman, station controller,
locomotive driver, etc.
All members are expected to contribute in some way in keeping the club running. This may involve helping run the railway on Sundays or maintaining the site during a maintenance session on a Wednesday.
For youngsters, who are considering a career on the
railway or in engineering, joining our club can be a great start in
attaining this goal. A number of our younger members have gone on to gain
apprenticeships, no doubt helped by their involvement in the club.
you are over 16 you can join our club in your own right, as a full member.
Twelve to 16 year olds are classed as Junior Members and are allowed to
attend the club providing they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The parent or guardian is responsible for the Junior Members well-being
and must be on site with them at all times. This requirement enables us to
comply with child protection legislation.
the above encourages you to join the club, and you wish to enrol, there is
the annual membership fee. Currently, it is £30 per annum for an adult,
or £5 per annum for a junior member.
As previously stated, if you are interested in joining the club, do come along to a couple of our Friday evening meetings to find out what’s involved and meet the members. You will be made most welcome.