Model Engineering Clubs

We are frequently asked by newcomers to the hobby where they can run a locomotive or traction engine - we always recommend getting in touch with the local model engineering club which, in addition to offering track and sometime workshop facilities, is a great source of useful information.

Below we have attempted to list the UK clubs. We have checked every link and, for those clubs without a website, attempted to find contact information through other sources. We believe the list to be up to date and accurate - if your club isn't represented or the information is out of date, please let us know and we will correct it.

We've looked at all the websites listed and there are some really cracking ones. The best offer loads of information on the club, how to find them, membership details, some even have their current newsletter online! Others are a little more basic, although still quite useful. From our point of view, it is nice to be able quickly to establish where the club is, when it meets, who to contact about membership and a calendar of upcoming events/steaming days.

For those who haven't got a site yet - it's easy to do, very cheap and will increase the interest in your club. You may even sign up some new members!

UK Clubs Track
Andover & District Model Engineering Society

Located Wherwell Hants. 1361 feet 2 ½, 3 ½, 5 raised level; 1.35 miles 7 1/4 ground level

Avonvale Model Engineering Society 5 & 7 1/4 inch gauge ground level
Basingstoke & District Model Engineering Society Viables Craft Centre, Basingstoke
Bedford Model Engineering Society Bedford. 900 yards 5 & 7 1/4, 250 yards 5 & 3 1/2
Birmingham Society of Model Engineers Ltd Ilshaw Heath
Black Country Live Steamers Blowers Green Pump House
Bournemouth & District Society of Model Engineers New track at Littledown Park, Bournemouth. 3 1/2, 5, 7 1/4 all raised level
Brandon & District SME Weeting, multi-gauge ground level track, boating pond
Bracknell Railway Society Jocks Lane Park, Bracknell
Bridgend & District Model Engineering Society 620 feet 3½” and 5” raised track
1300 feet 5” and 7¼” ground level track
Brighouse and Halifax Model Engineers Ravensprings Park, Cawcliffe Road, Brighouse
2 1/2, 3 1/2, 5 inch raised level 660 foot loop
7 1/4 inch ground level
Brighton & Hove Society of Miniature Locomotive Engineers Hove Park
Bristol Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Ashton Court Estate, Bristol
Bromsgrove Society of Model Engineers Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove
Burnley & Pendle Miniature Railway Society Thompson ark, Burnley
Cambridge Model Engineering Society Public running second Sunday of Summer months, May-Oct, 2 - 5.30pm
Fulbrooke Road, Cambridge (off Grantchester Road)
Canterbury & District Model Engineering Society Sturry
Canvey Railway & Model Engineering Club Canvey Island
Cardiff Model Engineering Society Heath Park, Cardiff
Carlisle & District Model Engineering Society Hammonds Park, Carlisle
Chelmsford Society of Model Engineers Meteor Way, Chelmsford
7 1/4 ground level, 5 inch ground level under construction
Raised level track
Cheltenham Society of Model Engineers Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham
2 1/2, 3 1/2, 5 raised level 700 feet
5 & 7 1/4 ground level short "there & back" line
Chesterfield & District Model Engineering Society Bolsover Road, Chesterfield
Chichester & District Society of Model Engineers Blackberry Lane, Chichester
Chingford & District Model Engineering Club Ridgeway Park, Chingford
City of Newport Model Engineering Society South Wales, UK
City of Sunderland Model Engineering Society Ltd Roker Park, Sunderland
Colchester Socety of Model Engineers Raised level 3 1/2 & 5, 1050 feet, ground level 5 & 7 1/4
Coventry Model Engineering Society Ryton Pools Country Park, 3 1/2 & 5, 1900 feet.
Members working Saturday afternoons, public running Sunday afternoons
Crawley Model Engineers Goffs Park, 3 1/2 & 5, 1250 feet raised level. Public running 2-5pm every Sunday, Easter - October
Derby Society of Model and Experimental Engineers
Doncaster & District Model Engineering Society Ltd Enquiries call 01405 817937, email
Dublin Society of Model & Experimental Engineers
East Grinstead Model Engineers Ground level 5 inch
East Herts Miniature Railway Society Ltd Van Hage Garden Company, Great Amwell
East Somerset Society of Model & Experimental Engineers Shepton Mallet
Edinburgh Society of Model Engineers Almondell Model Engineering Centre EH52 5SN
Elmdon Model Engineering Society Operate the Wythall Miniature Steam Railway, Birmingham. Ground level 5 & 7 1/4 inch gauge.
Erewash Valley Model Engineering Society
Eskvalley Model Engineering Society SCIO Roslin Glen Country Park, EH25 9PX (Monday evenings)
Running track. (2000ft) Vogrie Country Park, Pathhead, Dalkeith.
(Summer, Sunday pm)
Evergreens Miniature Railway Ground level 7 1/4 inch, raised level 5 inch gauge railway near Boston, Lincs
Fareham & District Society of Model Engineers 475 metre 3½" and 5" gauge raised track and a 285 metre ground level 7¼" gauge track
Frimley & Ascot Locomotive Club Frimley Lodge Park
Fylde Society of Model Engineers St George's playing fields, Thornton
GEC (Coventry) Model Engineering Society Copsewood Railway, 5 & 7 1/4 ground level
Gravesend Model Marine & Engineering Society Cascades Leisure Centre, Gravesend
Grimsby & Cleethorpes Model Engineering Society Waltham, 3 1/2, 5 & 7 1/4 ground level
Guildford Model Engineering Society Stoke Park, Guildford
Halesworth & District Model Engineering Society Ltd
Harrow & Wembley Society of Model Engineers Roxbourne Park, Field End Road, Ruislip
Hatfield & District SME Mr D Harter, 01707 330964
Hereford SME
High Wycombe Model Engineering Club Holmer Green
Huddersfield SME Greenhead Park, Huddersfield
Hull and District Society of Model & Experimental Engineers Ltd West Park, Hull
Ickenham & District Society of Model Engineers Ickenham Village
Ipswich Model Engineering Society
Isle of Wight Model Engineering Society Cowes
Kent Model Engineering Society Eltham
Kings Lynn & District Society of Model Engineers Lynnsport Leisure Centre, King's Lynn. Ground level
3 1/2, 5 & 7 1/4 inch gauge
Kinver & West Midlands Society of Model Engineers Ltd. Kinver, Staffs
Lancaster & Morecambe MES Tarn Lane, Yealand Redmayne, Carnforth LA5 9RX
Leeds Society of Model and Experimental Engineers
Leicester Society of Model Engineers Ltd Abbey Park
Leyland Society of Model Engineers Worden Park,Leyland
Lincoln & District Model Engineering Society North Scarle
Llanelli & District model engineering society Pembrey Park, Llanelli
Llyn Model Engineering Society Llyn Peninsular, North Wales
Maidstone Model Engineering Society Mote Park,Maidstone
Malden District Society of Model Engineers Ltd Thames Ditton Miniature Railway
Manx Steam & Model Engineering Club
Melton Mowbray Model Engineering Society Whissendine, ground level 5 & 7/14, raised 3 1/2 & 5
Merthyr Tydfil MES Cyfarthfa Park. Raised 3 1/2 & 5, 800 feet with a 90 foot tunnel (which sounds exciting)
Mid-Cheshire SME Ground level 5 & 7 1/4 inch
Mid-Sussex Model Engineering Club Ltd. Haywards Heath
Mid Wales Model Engineering Society The Park, Newtown, Powys. SY16 2PL
Milton Keynes Model Engineering Society Caldecotte Arms, Bletcham Way, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK7 8HP
Model Engineering Society of Northern Ireland Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Raised 3 1/2 & 5, 1700 feet, ground level 7 1/4, 1200 feet
Model Steam Road Vehicle Society
Mold Model Engineering Society Northop, North Wales
Motherwell Model Engineering Society
National 2 1/2 inch Gauge Association
Newton Abbot & District Model Engineering Society Newton Abbot, 3 1/2 & 5 inch gauge raised track
North London Society of Model Engineers Tyttenhanger, Colney Heath
North Staffs Model Engineering Society Brampton Park, Newcastle-under-Lyme
North Norfolk Model Engineering Club County School Station, Mid Norfolk Railway.
Contact Gordon Ford: 01263 512350
North Wales Model Engineering Society Llandudno
North West Engineering Society
North West Leicestershire Society of Model Engineers Hermitage Recreation Ground, Whitwick. Ground & raised level track
North Wilts Model Engineering Society Coate Water, Swindon
Northampton Society of Model Engineers Elevated 3 1/2 & 5, ground level 5 & 7 1/4
Northolt Model Railway Club Northolt Village Community Centre
Norwich and District Society of Model Engineers Eaton Park, Norwich. Run every Sunday May to September
Nottingham- Valley Road Model Engineering Society Operate 3 1/2" & 5" gauge raised level at Catfoot Lane, Lambley, Nottingham.
Nottingham Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Gauge 1, 3 1/2 & 5 inch raised level, 7 1/4 ground level at Ruddington Fields Station, Nottingham
Oswestry Model Engineering Society Park Hall Showground, Oswestry, Shropshire
City of Oxford Society of Model Engineers Cutteslowe Park, Oxford
Pembrokeshire M.E. Operate 3 1/2" & 5" gauge raised level at Cromwell Road, Milford Haven
Perranporth & District Model Engineering Society Perranporth
Peterborough Society of Model Engineers Currently homeless, looking for a new site
Pinewood Miniature Railway Pinewood Leisure Centre, Wokingham
Plymouth Miniature Steam Goodwin Park, Plymouth
Polegate & District Model Engineering Club Ltd Polegate Sports and Leisure Field
Portsmouth Model Engineering Society Bransbury Park, Milton
Ramsgate and District Model Engineering Club Eilington Park, Ramsgate, Kent, raised 3 1/2 & 5
Reading Society of Model Engineers Prospect Park, Reading, raised 2 1/2, 3 1/2 & 5, ground level 5 & 7 1/4
Public running first Sunday of the month from 1.30pm
Ribble Valley Live Steamers Edisford Bridge, Clitheroe, BB7 3LA
Rochdale Society of Model & Experimental Engineers Springfield Park, Rochdale
Romney Marsh Model Engineering Society Rolfe Lane, New Romney
Rotherham & District Model Engineers Society Ltd Victoria Park, Rawmarsh
Royston and District Model Engineering Society Meldreth Manor Special School
Rugby Model Engineering Society Rainbrook Valley Railway
Ryedale Society of Model Engineers The Old School, Gilling East
Saffron Walden Society of Model Engineers Audley End
Sale Area Model Engineering Society Walton Park, Manchester. 3 1/2 & 5 inch gauge raised level track
Salisbury Model Engineering Society Winterslow. 3 1/2 & 5 inch gauge raised level track
Meetings third Wednesday of the month at Porton Memorial Hall
Scottish Model Engineering Trust Wester Pickston, Glenalmond, Perth.
Ground level 7 1/4 & 5, raised level 3 1/2 & 5, outdoor 16mm railway
Scunthorpe Society of Model Engineers Normanby Hall Country Park, Scunthorpe
Sheffield & District Society of Model Engineers Abbeydale Road, Sheffield
Shrewsbury & District Model Engineers Society
South Durham Society of Model Engineers Raised level 3 1/2, 5 & 7 1/4 inch gauge track
Southampton Society of Model Engineers Raised 3 ½” & 5” track. Ground level 7 1/4 inch gauge track at Riverside Park
Southport Model Engineering Club Victoria Park, Southport. 3 1/2 & 5 inch gauge track
Spenborough Model and Experimental Engineers Ltd Royds Park , Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire
Ground level 5 & 7 1/4, raised 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 - 5 - 7 1/4
Staines Society of Model Engineers Staines Park, Staines-upon-Thames
St. Albans & District Model Engineering Society Christchurch Centre, St. Albans
Stafford & District Model Engineering Society Ltd Stafford Showground
Stamford Model Engineering Society
Stockport & District Society of Model Engineers
Strathaven Model Society 1/2 mile ground level 5 & 7 1/4, 595 feet raised
Surrey Society of Model Engineers Contact Paul Edmonds 01737 845446 (Secretary)
Sussex Miniature Locomotive Society Beech Hurst Recreation Gardens, Haywards Heath
Sutton Model Engineering Club Ltd 530ft 7 1/4 inch & 5 inch ground level, 5 inch, 3 1/2 inch & 2 1/2 inch raised level, and 230ft gauge 1 track
Sutton Coldfield Model Engineering Society Balleny Green
Taunton Model Engineers Vivary Park
Teeside Small Gauge Railway
Tonbridge Model Engineering Society
The 7 1/4" Gauge Society
Tyneside SMEE 3 1/2 & 5" raised track and a new ground level 5 & 7 1/4 track.
Uckfield Model Railway Club Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum
Vale of Aylesbury Model Engineering Society Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road
Valley Road Model Engineering Society Valley Road, Nottingham. Raised level 3 1/2 & 5
Welling & District Model Engineering Society
West Cumbria Guild of Model Engineers Curwen Hall Park, Workington. Raised level 3 1/2 & 5
West Huntspill Model Engineering Society Memorial Park, New Road, West Huntspill, HIGHBRIDGE Somerset TA9
3QE. 5" and 3½" gauge. Public running Sunday afternoons 2pm to 4.30pm Easter-October.
Contact: Geoff Stait 01278 788007 For all events see website
Westland & Yeovil District Model Engineering Society 1200 foot raised level track 2 1/2, 3 1/2, 5
O-gauge SM32 garden railway
West Riding Small Locomotive Society Bradford Road, A650 Tingley, WF3 1RU
Public running every Sunday Easter to September
Raised level 2 1/2, 3 1/2, 5 & 7 1/4
Ground level 7 1/4
Telephone 01924 363908
West Wiltshire Model Engineering Society White Horse Country Park, Coach Road , Westbury BA13 4LX
Raised level 3 1/2 and 5 inch
Weymouth & District Model Engineering Society Budmouth Technology College
Wimborne & District Society of Model Engineers Merley Park, Wimborne. 2 1/2, 3 1/2 raised level, 5 inch ground level
Wirral Model Engineering Society Royden Park, Frankby, Wirral.
Wolverhampton & District Model Engineering Society
Worthing & District Society of Model Engineers The Boulevard, Goring
Wortley Top Forge Model Engineers Thurgoland, near Barnsley. Half mile 5 & 7 1/4 ground level
Wrexham Model Engineering Society Pant-yr-Ochan, Wrexham, contact John Bennett 01978 856687
York City & District Society of Model Engineers Ltd
Overseas Clubs
Modelleisenbahn-Club Einsiedeln, Switzerland All sorts of interesting pictures, German language site with English webmaster who gives a good English-language summary of their activities
Mud Creek Central Railroad
A large 7 1/4 inch gauge layout in New York state which looks most impressive from the aerial photographs on their website. 4 3/4 inch and gauge 1 catered for as well.
Station Road Steam Ltd
Locomotive builders - boilermakers - workshop services