The Society was founded by a group of people with aims rather different to that of a Model Engineering Society of the usual kind. The main aim is to act as a communication channel between the growing numbers of people working in this gauge. The membership covers those with interests in Standard and Narrow Gauge railways both prototype and freelance. The Society has members living in many countries, and in various parts of the world the gauge of 7 1/4" is used and there are members using this size who contribute to the Society.
The Society is primarily a model railway enterprise with tracks in all gauges. Members construct a range of models including locomotives and rolling stock, stationary and traction engines, aero engines, boats, aircraft, agricultural equipment and motor vehicles. During the summer there are public running days and a national locomotive rally and lectures in winter.
The Cheltenham Society of Model Engineers main interest lie in railways and boating. The society facilities include a 2 1/2"G, 3 1/3"G and 5"G elevated trackand 5"G and 7 1/4"G ground level track for the railway members and a lake for the boating members.
Members build a variety of models including locomotives, tools, clocks, boats, engines, instruments etc. During the summer, we run our locomotives in a City Park where we offer rides to the public. During the winter, monthly meetings are held covering many subjects of interest. On Saturdays, working parties are held at the track where members are able to learn new skills. To encourage young members, we offer driver training and they are also able to use members’ locos under supervision. We hold an annual national rally, the Dreaming Spires, over the fourth weekend of July.
Our site has 3½” & 5” gauge raised track aprox. 2000 ft long. We run for the public on Sunday afternoons during the summer. Our interests are mainly steam locomotives & traction engines with a growing contingent of battery locos, stationary engines & petrol engines.
Primarily railway motive power and rolling stock; some members are currently building traction engines or stationery engines. Our tracksite, which we own is just under 1 acre in area & features a ground level track for 3½, 5 & 7¼ inch gauges and a raised track for 2½, 3½ & 5 inch gauges. The site includes covered steaming bays, club house & a large grass area. There is limited on site parking.
Wheelwrighting in miniature. The primary activities of the Guild revolve around ordinary members who construct and exhibit precision scale models of horse drawn vehicles. All models are built from basic materials rather than using kits. The variety is extensive with scales ranging from 1/6 th to 1/16 th; finishes are either natural wood or painted. Members usually start by constructing models from commercially available scale or full size plans. Subsequent models are often produced by measuring, photographing and drawing full size items, in museums and other locations. Apart from an annual dinner our only meeting places are at exhibitions, which are staged at a range of venues such as museums, agricultural shows, steam rallies and country fairs.
Club started in 1962 as Hereford Live Steamers with 6 members paying £1.50 per week subs. Starting in a members garden and progressing to our site in Hereford in 1994 City Council consider us a major tourist attraction and have given us the 4½ acre site.
The L&NWR Society is a historical research society catering for all interests, be it serious study to modelling. We became an educational charity in 2005. Whilst not a preservation society we encourage preservation, allowing organisations to tap in to our archive. We have members modelling in the smaller scales through to live steam in the larger scales. The Society Journal and Newsletter is published quarterly and also the society’s renowned Portfolio Series produced about once a year.
The raised and ground level tracks - 3½”, 5” and 7¼” gauges - are available to members throughout the year. Regular steamings are held on the third Sunday of the month.
General interest meetings are held in the Sports Club on the second Monday of each month (except July and August) and visitors are always welcome.
Our major event - annual Miniature Steam Rally - is held on the first full weekend in June. For more information see our website.
The British Horological Institute provides education, standards and support for clock and watch making, servicing and repairing. Based in Nottinghamshire, the Institute has around 20 local branches offering fascinating programmes of talks and events. Membership of the Institute at associate level is open to all, whilst the professional grades Member and Fellow require applicants to meet the Institute criteria for technical competence, horological experience and professional practices, giving customers confidence that their clocks and watches will be looked after.
Keith Wright is demonstrating his economy-open crank hit & miss petrol engine running a Scratter Mill plus his redwing engine running a circular saw bench. Also The Little Wonder open crank petrol engine & The Junior.
MSRVS cater for steam road vehicles up to 6” scale. We offer technical services & advice. Boiler testing 3 times a year. We also stage an annual rally at Tewkesbury. As well as that we stage other events including Driver Training Days & supporting local fetes & carnivals. Known as the Friendly Club.
The Society was formed in 1973 and opened its first track at the Miner’s Welfare Centre, Coalville in 1977. We moved to our present site in 1988 due to the closure of the colliery in Coalville. Since the new track was opened we have worked steadily to improve the facilities we have available for members, visitors and members of the public. We open for the public on the third Sunday of every month, but visitors are most welcome on any Sunday morning. Why not come and see us?
Very active and enthusiastic society. Opened extended railways in May 2011 after six-year development programme. Now have ½ mile plus of ground level 7¼/5 inch and 2100 feet of 5/3½ inch raised track. Public running first Sunday each from month May to October. Members interested in all branches of model engineering and we are planning a 16mm garden railway for the near future.
NSMEE enjoys extensive facilities at the Transport Heritage Centre, as well as a fully signalled railway, incorporating a raised level mixed 5”/3.5” track and a ground level 7.25” track, both approximately ½ mile in length, we have extensive fully equipped workshops, project rooms, storage facilities and a clubroom for hosting monthly meetings. A recent addition to our facilities is an extensive outdoor gauge 1 layout. We welcome visitors, particularly to our diesel galas and the annual September Invitation Rally (see website).
Headquarters building is in South London. Our members’ interests cover all the traditional model engineering topics plus a keen interest in the future of the hobby and a desire to see it expand into new subject areas. We run training courses to help aspiring model engineers set up a workshop and acquire the basic workshop skills to make models.
The Southern Federation was founded to promote and encourage all aspects of model engineering, with the accent on the club/society aspect of the hobby. It also exists to foster and facilitate the interchange of ideas and knowledge between organisations, without infringing on their autonomy. There are at present some 255 clubs/societies affiliated to the Federation. Federation officers and committee members will be in attendance throughout the exhibition, so why not come along and introduce yourself.
The Steam Boat Association of Great Britain (SBA) was formed to promote the enjoyment of steamboats and to represent the interests of steamboat owners and enthusiasts. The Association holds regattas and cruises throughout the year plus national and regional social gatherings and technical seminars on all aspects of steam launch engineering.
The Society was founded to provide a means for those fascinated by Stirling Engines to make contact, exchange ideas and develop engines for various purposes. This covers a wide range of activities from building attractive, silent demonstration engines to serious attempts to provide power and propulsion. There is a bewildering array of mechanical arrangements and liquid pistons in use. They have been around for 200 years and are currently used for submarines, solar generation, central heating, refrigerators and cryocoolers. Development continues....
Tyddyn Bach is a 16mm scale layout that represents a small station on a fictional Welsh narrow gauge railway. It is typical of the small village halts in rural Wales. The layout construction is a study in the possibilities of large scale railway modeling in a containable space. The layout modules are of such a size that the fully operational layout can fit in a small hatchback, and can be erected in under an hour single handed.
The main objective of the Society is to promote engineering skills and maintain the traditions of the Wolverhampton area and its industrial heritage. We meet in the evening at Fordhouses where guest speakers and members give talks relevant to our hobby, and have quiz nights and a hilarious annual “bring and buy sale”. The society has mixed gauge ground level and raised tracks at Baggeridge Country Park and holds regular get-togethers for members to run their steam locomotives.