Birmingham Society of Model Engineers Ltd

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Birmingham Society of Model Engineers Ltd

Secretary: Bert Biggs

Contact number: 01564 703 444

Club Details:

Address: Illshaw Heath Road , Hockley Heath, Solihull, West Midlands, B94 6DN, ENG


Club & Track Details

The aim of the Society is simple: to bring together persons from all walks of life who share a common interest in model engineering and its heritage, in miniature. The excellent facilities at Illshaw Heath; tracks, clubhouse and extensive grounds, offer great encouragement to the member wishing to put their model engineering ideas into practice; either the popular steam locomotives and traction engines, industrial and marine models or special tools and miniature components. There are two kidney shaped tracks for the larger steam locomotives. A 1112 ft. dual gauge 5/7.25” gauge ground level track and raised 1041 ft dual gauge 5/3.5” gauge track. Both tracks are controlled by an extensive signalling system. Footbridges and a brick built, double arched tunnel span the two tracks. Stations, paved platforms, signal boxes, steaming bays and an engine shed serve the two circuits. In addition to the tracks for the larger gauges, there is a raised track of approximately 180ft. for Gauge 0, and 450ft for Gauge 1 and 16mm locomotives. A large purpose built clubhouse, having comfortable accommodation occupies an elevated position overlooking the tracks and ground. It is equipped with a kitchen to provide refreshments for the members and visitors. Strict codes of conduct are laid down to ensure complete safety in all the Society's activities, with particular consideration given to the children of members and visitors.

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