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Basingstoke and District Model Engineering Society
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Our next public running takes place during the Miniature Steam Gala on 18th and 19th August 2018

This ever popular event had to be re-scheduled from earlier in the year when the arena was completely waterlogged and more suitable for use by our friends at Basingstoke Model Boat Club.

Between rides there is the pleasure to be had by experiencing the sites and sounds of a miniature locomotive at work (photo above).

History of the club

Small image of engine 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.

Comments on the site should be directed to the webmaster other communications should be directed to the appropriate officer on the Contact page.


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