Model Engineering Society - A miniature-gauge steam train leaves the station

Families and youngsters enjoyed the South Cheshire Model Engineering Society annual open day, writes Jonathan White.

The free event took place on their premises at the rear of the Peacock Hotel, Crewe Road, Willaston.

There were miniature-gauge steam and electric train rides, a demonstration of equipment used by the hobby engineer of yesteryear Mike Smith in ‘Mike’s Shed’.

Les Riley rode his McLaren road locomotive and 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

The event was enjoyed by hundreds of visitors who were treated to warm and sunny weather all day.

The society has more than 80 members and meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7.45pm in their clubhouse.

For further information relating to the society, visit

The track and clubhouse are available for birthday party hire from the last Saturday in March to the second Saturday in October.

Cost for two hours is £60 plus £2 per child. Advance booking required due to demand.

For details, contact Don Potts via the website.

(Pictures courtesy of Jonathan White)

Model Engineering Society - Visitors enjoy a miniature-gauge steam train ride

Mike Smith gives a demonstration to visitor Christopher White

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