You’d like to join?
Prospective members are always very welcome, come along to either our running days, our weekly working parties or you can come along to one of our meetings to see us, have a chat and see what we do.
You don’t have to be an engineer with a shed full of machine tools, you don’t even have to have an engine for the Railway. All you need is an interest in model engineering, a desire to get stuck in, and a mug for your tea!
You can now download the Membership Application Form here, all you need to do is print it, fill in your details and pop it in the post with payment, or hand it to us directly at the railway
Annual Rates (correct for 2021)
|Juniors :||£11 (terms apply)|
|Over 75s special rate :||£8 (terms apply)|
What do you get as a member?
As a member of the Society, you will be able to participate in all club activities and use the facilities that we have.
Help and advice
Ever used a lathe? Want to learn? The club is fitting out its new workshop building with a number of machine tools for use of our members. With these and with the advice of fellow club members available, this should be ideal for new starters to model engineering to enable them to work through their projects.
For members with steam boilers in their models, boiler testing is available* from the Club and this certification is needed if you want to run your models in the presence of the general public.
A number of our members have experience of and own models with steam boilers; stationary models, steam locomotives and traction engines. Between them they can help you build and operate your model.
*(conditions apply, please ask for details)
The Club holds a library of Model Engineer magazines which are available for loan – if you’re missing an edition with an important article in, have a look to see if we have it amongst our collection.
Members receive our quarterly newsletter ‘Puff n Stuff’ which is due out in February, May, August and November, featuring a round up of all the recent news from the Society. The Editor welcomes input from all members and free adverts and “for sale” notices can be submitted. Members wishing to have adverts and for sale notices placed in the newsletter, please send it as early as possible, preferably at least two weeks before the magazine is due out.
Puff n Stuff is sent out as full colour PDF to those members who are internet connected, though black and white printouts are available for those who are not.
Use of the Railway
If you have a model locomotive and nowhere to take it, here’s your answer! The Club has a ground level miniature railway for 5 and 7.25 inch gauge models and you can arrange to come to the Railway and have a play.
If a member wishes to drive trains and doesn’t have their own loco – there is always the club’s own battery electric locomotive available for use and you can be taught to handle this and navigate the Railway. Our regular railway crew are a friendly bunch and driving each others trains makes for an interesting afternoon.
The Railway is open for public rides each Sunday afternoon between Easter and October and you can take part in this, though for safety and insurance purposes a competency test must be taken if the member wishes to drive the fare paying public and their loco/driving trolley must meet set standards to ensure all goes smoothly.