South Cheshire Model Engineering Society Open Day


South Cheshire Model Engineering Society held their annual Society Open Day on Saturday 9th September 2017.

This free event took place on their premises at the rear of The Peacock Inn, Crewe Road, Willaston, Nantwich CW5 6NE.

There were miniature-gauge steam and diesel train rides on the 5-inch railway track which is almost a quarter of a mile in length and miniature-gauge steam train rides on a temporary straight section of 7¼ -inch railway track.

There was a demonstration of miniature 4-inch scale steam traction engine 'Maud' by Les Riley, who meticulously built the engine over an eleven year period. Les is currently working on a 6-inch scale (half full size) 'Burrell 5NHP Road Locomotive', which was also on display.

'Mike's Shed' with Mike Smith contained old hand-tools that a hobby model engineer from 1904 through to 1930s would use to make miniature-gauge steam locomotives and their carriages.

The Clubhouse contained a display of locomotives and engines produced by Society members.

Refreshments were served by Society volunteers in the Clubhouse, with further refreshments available outside from the Wilson House Scouts.

Despite some wet weather the event was enjoyed by hundreds of visitors.

Paul Vidler, Chairman of South Cheshire Model Engineering Society, said, "The day started off wet, but the sun came out and we hope that everyone enjoyed the rides. This is about the tenth year we have run our open day in September and today was the most rain we have ever had, so I am most grateful that people have come out and supported us despite the weather."

The Society currently has 75 members and meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7.45pm in their Clubhouse.

For further information relating to the South Cheshire Model Engineering Society please visit:

The track and Clubhouse are available for birthday party hire on a Saturday (12-2pm) from April to mid-October. Please visit their website for costs and further details.

Joanathan White