Date for next year's Miniature Steam Gala

At our recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) the members agreed on our calendar of events for 2017, including our Miniature Steam Gala on 8th and 9th of April.

A full report of the AGM and next year's calendar are included in the latest edition of the club's magazine 'Expansion Link'.

Halloween thank you and Santa Run correction

Thank you to everyone who came along for Halloween event. That nearly finishes us for the year, there is one more running day on 4th December. I'm afraid the Webmaster made a mistake by promoting this as our Santa run. Unfortunately we are not on Santa's list this year (we don't remember being naughty). However there will be trains running and you are welcome to join us on our last run before getting down to winter maintenance tasks. We'd like to apologise for any disappointment.

Public Running in 2016

The full list of running days for 2016 is here.


The Basingstoke and District Model Engineering Society was founded by a small group of people over 30 years ago who enjoyed building, running and maintaining model machinery and engines. They established a model engineering club at the Viables Craft Centre in Basingstoke and built track and road facilities for model locomotives and traction engines to run on. However, all aspects of the model engineering hobby are practised and supported by the society. Since its founding, interest and membership has grown.

The club and its facilities, still based on the original site, have flourished. They now offer a 1000 foot long passenger-carrying railway complete with station and tunnel, and a scenic traction engine track. The club continues to provide friendly support and fellowship for its members to develop and pursue their interests in model engineering and thus make their contribution to the preservation of key aspects of Britain's industrial history in miniature.

Please feel free to browse the site, use the links on the left of the page to navigate. Don't hesitate to contact if you have any queries about model engineering or the B&DMES Club, and we will do our best to answer as quickly and as accurately as we can. Thank you for visiting!


Prospective members are invited to attend a few of our meetings, by arrangement with a committee member, before deciding whether or not to join. When visiting it is essential that you make yourself known to a club member who will book you in as a visitor. (This is necessary for insurance purposes). More Details.

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