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Links to Societies for Model Engineers and Large Scale Railways.

Plus links to Model Engineering Resources that readers may find helpful.

           History and information to help build a model of this 1838 Liverpool & Manchester Rwy loco.

            For a comprehensive list of Model Engineering Societies

            (American) Live Steam & Diesel Model Railroading

            Scale Model EXchange; Australia & NZ. Try the Reference Tab; Articles and Drawings.

Publications of other Societies around the world.

Over time we receive copies of newsletters and other publications from societies at home and around the world. These may be of interest to you and I will continue to provide copies on this site or a link to the relevant society.  

Lancaster & Morecambe MES,  Cinderbarrow Flyer March 2017 (pdf)

Federation of Railways of New Zealand. (pdf)
  Fronz Journal 156

Federation of Railways of New Zealand. (pdf)  Results of Navigatus Workshop

Eastern Star. (doc)  Journal of the New Europe Railway Heritage Trust,  

The Vale of Rheidol Railway Newsletter (link) Issue 22 Sept-Oct 2016 

Heritage Railways & Preservation 

The Settle & Carlisle Railway

Our unique Steam Railway nestles in the heart of Staffordshire at Blythe Bridge. You can travel on our wonderful steam hauled trains through the glorious countryside to Dilhorne Park, our current remote stop from where the trappings of modern life do not spoil the view as you are swept back in time...

Unlike many other heritage lines which follow valleys, the Foxfield Railway boldly crosses open moorland, hills and woods. This results in spectacular sights and sounds as the trains climb the steepest gradients to be found on standard gauge railways in the UK.

The Society’s main station at Blythe Bridge emulates the classic branch line termini of 100 years ago.

Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway. Opened in 1903 to link the market town of Welshpool to the rural community of Llanfair Caereinion, this 2 foot 6 inch narrow gauge steam railway now provides a tourist service for all the family and a welcome change from the rush of every day life.
Built as a Light Railway to avoid some of the costs of railway construction, the narrow gauge allows for tight curves and steep gradients, enabling the line to follow the contours of the countryside.
Most of our trains are steam hauled, either by one of our unique original locomotives or one from abroad. The carriages too are special; those in regular use being from Hungary and Austria with access to the enclosed seating area via an open balcony - a great way to watch the world go by.

The Churnet Valley Railway takes you on a journey back to the classic days of railway travel on a rural line that passes through beautiful countryside known as Staffordshire's "Little Switzerland".
Our picturesque stations offer lots of interest with a complete range of visitor facilities, and there's plenty more to see and enjoy along the way. In addition to the 10½ mile return journey along the valley, there's a taste of contrasting moorland scenery on the 16-mile round trip along the Cauldon branch.
Cheddleton, the home of the railway with its impressive Grade II Listed Victorian Station, small museum and locomotive sheds. St Edward's Church and Cheddleton Flint Mill are both within walking distance along the Caldon Canal towpath.

Wensleydale Railway
From the lowland Vale of Mowbray to the upland splendour of the famous Yorkshire Dales, this rural railway line passes through market towns, small villages, woodland and farmland, offering a great day out in some of England’s most beautiful countryside.

Apedale Heritage Centre

Our team of enthusiastic volunteers aim to preserve and record the history and industries of the Apedale Valley and the surrounding communities. Based at the site of a former coal mine, we offer authentic underground tours, complemented by our museum and café. The Apedale Valley Railway operates at the same site, adding to a great family visit.

The Royden Park Project

The Royden Park Project provides opportunities for disabled people to gain sheltered training in Horticulture, Conservation and Woodwork in a supportive environment. The Royden Park Project supported by volunteers offers opportunities in partnership with:-

  •     The Ranger Service
  •     The Wirral Model Engineers Society
  •     The Friends of Royden Park
  •     Local community groups and businesses

Web sites dedicated to the building of a particular model.

Mark Wakelin's blow by blow account of building the Polly V.
This is a fullymachined kit available in installments. If you are considering building any of the Polly Kits this is required reading.

Suppliers of Live Steam & Battery Electric Models

No warranty is given for any of these suppliers and the society and its members accept no responsibility for your dealings with them.

      Phoenix Locos

      Suppliers of highly detailed, modern image locomotives and rolling stock. Available in 5" & 7¼" gauge as kits or ready to roll.

      Station Road Steam

      Purveyors of interesting mechanical paraphernalia of all types. All sizes of live steam models bought, sold & exchanged. Some useful links as well.

      Abbot's Model Engineering

      a range of 5" & 7¼" gauge locos and rolling stock.


      Providers of High Quality Model Engines & Locomotives.

      Compass House

      5" & 7¼" gauge Battery Electric Locomotives and Rolling Stock

      AP Model Engineering

      Suppliers of a range of ready-to-run locomotives, locomotive kits, riding cars, rolling stock and accessories in 5" scale, 7¼" scale and 3½" scale.

          A list of suppliers that members have found useful, reliable etc.

          No warranty is given for any of these suppliers and the society and its members accept no responsibility for your dealings with them.

              4QD manufacture motor speed controllers for battery operated electric motors. 
              30 Reach Road Burwell Cambridgeshire CB25 0AH. Excellent web site with lots of information.

              17D Miniature Railway Specialists
               Manufacturers of miniature railway products in 5";  7.25" and 10.25" gauge, including BR Standards locomotive parts, carriages, wagons and detailing parts.

              Arc Euro Trade Ltd
              Measuring tools, hand tools, other model engineering products at competitive prices.

              Chester Machine Tools
              All types of machinery. Tel: 01244-531631 , Chester Machine Tools Ltd, Clwyd Close, Hawarden Ind Park Hawarden, CH5 3PZ

              CuP Alloys
              Silver solder and associated items. 

              Cutwell Tools
              Cutwel Limited is a next day supplier of precision engineering tooling. Cutwel Limited, Central Offices, Central Street, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, WF13 2LZ. Telephone: 01924 869 610

              EKP Supplies
              Super selection of fastenings plus range of steam fittings etc. 

              Tony Griffiths site has everything to do with lathes, millers, shapers, MANUALS, Sales Catalogues, HISTORY, etc. 

              Model Engineer's Laser
              Laser cutting for model engineers. Range of laser cut kits at reasonable prices. 

              Noggin End Models
              provide a water jet cutting service. Most materials can be cut up to 1" thick, quotes are given in response to drawings of the parts to be cut. Try stainless steel grate sections, they last longer than cast iron or steel. Coupling and connecting rods can be cut from mild steel with no hard edges!
              Phone 01782 865 428 and 07990 645 743 83 Peascroft Road,Norton, Stoke onTrent, ST6 8HG 

              Polly Model Engineering Ltd
              Engineer's supplier, all sorts of fittings, injectors, accessories etc. Supply the excellent range of Polly 5" kit steam locomotives. 

              RDG Tools Ltd, Grosvenor House, Caldene Business Park, Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd, nr Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire HX7 5QJ,
              01422 885069. They handle the ongoing Myford business for spares etc.. 

              Unit 1 Parkfield Industrial Estate, Barton Hill Way, Torquay, TQ2 8JG  All sorts of cutting tools, taps, dies drills, reamers etc. Well worth a look. 

              provide everything you need to wire a car. Many useful connectors, crimps and tools for the battery electric loco builder. Tel: 0115 9305454 9, BuxtonCourt, Manners Industrial Estate, Ilkeston, Derbys, DE7 8EF 

                Recommended buys & some of their suppliers that members have found useful, reliable etc.

                No warranty is given for any of these suppliers or products.

                The society and its members accept no responsibility for your dealings with the supplier or use of the recommended products. E&OE

                Recent discussions within the Society have highlighted concerns about the quality of some of the tools available to buy. Cheap taps, dies and drills are exactly that - cheap. That's their only attribute. Unfortunately, a high price doesn't necessarily buy quality tools; one can buy expensive ground-thread HSS taps and dies from a reputable supplier that are very poor. 

                  Taps & Dies:

                  Apex - available from Kirjeng - carbon and HS steel available. (no website that I can find)

                  Lyndon - MSC/J&L Industrial, HSS only

                  Presto - HSS only

                  Dormer - HSS only


                  Dormer & Guhring:- Particularly Dormer A002 - self centering split point, TiN coated, cut wonderfully and give an accurate hole. Don't try these on copper alloys, they tend to grab more than any other drill! They are expensive!

                  Available from MSC/J&L Industrial, and Greenwood Tools