While lockdown measures have been eased by the Government, the Society Committee feels that there is some way to go before normal operations can resume at the Borrowash Track site. Therefore all Society events for the foreseeable future remain cancelled.
Up to 6 members may visit the Track at any one time. Attendees must PRE-BOOK with Malcolm Kerr the Secretary. This is for insurance purposes and to demonstrate due diligence by the society in compliance of the Government guidance.
There continues to be no access to the clubhouse, site facilities, including toilets, or any of the out-buildings. Any attendees should bring their own tools, refreshments and hygiene equipment.
Due to lack of maintenance of the track site during the lockdown period the tracks are obstructed by growth of vegetation etc. Work is in hand to correct this. Club Locos must not be used.
IMPORTANT: The first gate MUST be closed after each use, as there is now a horse in the adjoining field.
The Society is fortunate to own the site on which it operates. As it is in a residential area access is limited and running for the general public is not allowed.
If you would like to know more about the society and arrange a visit to the site after reading this web site please use Contact Us for an invitation.
About the Society
The society takes its name from the valley of the River Erewash which rises close to Kirkby in Ashfield and flows south to the Trent near Toton. It forms the boundary between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire along much of its length.
The Society's membership of around 100, like the valley, comes from both counties and the cities of Derby and Nottingham.
Erewash Valley Model Engineering Society was formed in 1974. Originally based at Sandiacre the society purchased its current site in 1989 and has:
A raised track of 566ft, of 2½”, 3½” and 5” gauges
A ground level track of 1300 ft approx of 3½” 5” and 7¼” gauges
A garden railway layout of 32mm gauge track to suit “16mm scale” and “O” gauge models and a circle of 45mm gauge track to suit “Gauge 1” models.
A hard surfaced area suitable for running Traction Engines and similar models.
A Club House
A portable track, (Which is available for hire)
The Club is fortunate to own its site. As it is located within a residential area, we are obliged to prevent large traffic flows of vehicles and people. Therefore we do not carry out public running or encourage casual visitors. However if you are interested in the activities of the Society we would like to hear from you.
Please email us at enquiries@ErewashValleyMES.co.uk and we would be pleased to invite you to visit at a mutually convenient time.
The Society has formal meetings on the second Monday of each month, in the evening. From May to August we met at the Track site and from September to April we meet at a local room, usually for a talk / presentation by a guest speaker. See the Calendar page for details.
There are regular Track Running sessions currently on a Friday and Sunday mornings and on Bank Holidays.
Many members also gather at the Track site of a Wednesday to carryout any maintenance work required on the site.
From time to time the Society opens its facilities for other clubs such as The Polly Owners Group, 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers and other local societies. Go to the Calendar page for details
The Society is a member of the Northern Association of Model Engineers.
News and Recent Events
A tree was blown down in the south west corner of the track site by storm Ciara.
It fell onto the footbridge over the ground level track cutting. Fortunately no damage was done and it was quickly cut up with a chainsaw to provide fuel for the club house stove once seasoned.
WEDNESDAY WINTER PROJECTS
The construction of a new storage area, has been completed. The principal, but not the only participants in its construction were John Ollerenshaw , Keith Bostock and Paul Allum
The installation of the ‘new’ generator has made steady progress, with occasional stoppages as technical support has been obtained. It has now been wired in and commissioned.
A long standing member Mike Larimore passed away in January, with his funeral on the 14th February. While not able to be an active member in recent years, in the past he ran several locos, running a Polly Loco at events. He also had a particular interest in aircraft and at one time held a pilot’s licence.
The MONTHLY MEETING on 10th February at Alfie’s Bar was cancelled due to a fall of snow that day. The subject of the meeting, a show of member’s photographs and video will now be shown on Monday 9th March.
The monthly meeting held at Alfie’s Bar in Spondon on the Monday the 13th
was attended by 37 members to hear a talk given by Kieran Lee about the
Bennerley Viaduct. Kieran had been involved in the preservation and
development of the viaduct as a Community Asset for many years. He told the
story of the viaduct from construction, avoiding demolition, surviving to become
a Listed Structure and the soon to be implemented renovation to carry foot and
cycle paths as part of the planned Great Northern Greenway linking Derby and
Nottingham using much of the track bed of the old Great Northern route.
Kieran was a very good speaker knowledgeable and enthusiastic on his subject.
On a grey but dry New Year’s Day 17 members signed in at the track where 5 Locos were run. These included a 7¼” gauge “Holmeside” and “Bridget”, 5” Pansy, the club “Simplex” and a battery Electric loco.