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Last train of 2017

Last Train 2017 and Calendar 2018

This is the Last Train of 2017, which ran at Viables Craft Center Christmas Event on Sunday 3rd December.

Thank you to all of you who visited and supported us in 2017. All the money we take in fares is spent on running the railway, and we're are now shut down for maintenance (Station closed, track dug up, just like the big railway).

In the meanwhile you can check out our 2018 Public Rides Calendar, and we look forward to seeing you at the start of the season run on Sunday 18th March.

Expansion Link Access

The Board has decided that the Club's quarterly magazine ‘Expansion Link’ will no longer be available in the public area of the website. Arrangements are being made to restore access for club members, and you will be contacted in due course.

History of the club

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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!

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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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