Canterbury & District Model Engineering Society

Canterbury and District Model Engineering Society was formed in 1972 to provide for the interests of local model engineers. We have around 45 members who come from all walks of life. Whilst a few are professional engineers, most are amateurs who work at home in their spare time to produce miniature locomotives, traction engines, stationary steam engines and the like.

Not all the models run on steam and indeed, diesel outline battery powered miniature locomotives have, in recent years become very popular and have provided an entry into the hobby for those without the time, know how or workshops to produce steam locomotives.

The society operates a 750 foot long 3.5 and 5-inch gauge miniature railway at Brett’s Quarries, Fordwich near Canterbury and members can be found there, weather permitting on most Sundays throughout the year with the 2nd Sunday each month from April to October given over to offering rides to the public between 2.00 and 4.00pm.

During the winter months we meet on the last Monday in each month at The Barn, Kingston were members gather to discuss model engineering matters or attend talks given on topics of engineering interest.

Resumption of operations at our miniature railway:

As a result of the lifting of Covid 19 restrictions the society has resumed operations on our miniature railway at our Sturry site and many passers-by and our regular visitors have asked about our society activities.

Members may be present at our track on most Sunday afternoons, during the summer and autumn weather permitting and we will make a further announcement as to when we will recommence our advertised public running days.

For the time being as a number of our members remain concerned over Covid 19 issues rides will be given at the drivers discretion and we hope potential passengers will accept our members concerns. Nevertheless we welcome visitors to our site and hope that our little railway will continue to give pleasure to both our members and visitors alike for many years to come.

Children's Birthday Parties

Are you looking for a unique and fun attraction for your child's birthday?

Hire our track and the kids, young and old, will love to share a ride with their friends behind our steam and electric engines.

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