Next public running Sunday 5th August, 11:00 to 16:00
We hope you enjoyed our last Public Running day on Sunday 1st July. Did you experience being taken on a ride in an open top carriage pulled by one of our miniature locomotives, letting the gentle breeze from open air travel cool you down while you made your way around two laps of our tree lined track? If you missed the chance, or want to do it again, we are running on Sunday 5th August, 11:00 to 16:00.
Two weeks later we have the Miniature Steam Gala on 18th and 19th August 2018, which is always a popular event for the people of Basingstoke and surrounding area.
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 clubThe 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.
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