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
CLUB NIGHT -- CHRISTMAS SOCIAL 9TH DECEMBER
Some 25 members and their partners met at Alfie's Bar, Spondon to celebrate the coming of Christmas with a buffet and good conversation. There was a raffle with some 15 prizes. Almost one for each each member present.
The picture quiz set by David Grainger was won by Paul Riley.
SANTA SPECIAL SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER
40 Children brought by parents that are friends of the Society visited the track site to ride the trains and visit Father Christmas in his “grotto” to receive a gift.
Two locos ran on the raised track; Dave Oakland’s and the club’s Class 20 battery powered locos
On the ground level track, Erewash, the club’s 7¼ gauge loco was joined by the Petrol-Hydraulic loco of Jim Sutton and Ian Tricklebank’s “Wren” 0-6-0 Saddletank Steam Loco.
All locos were kept busy giving rides to the children under the stewardship of Bernard Marsh acting as the Track Superintendent with the support of the 25 members that signed in.
Food was available in the Club House prepared by Betty Thompson, Doris Bannister, Lyla Evans, Pam Oakland and Carol Clarke and they were kept busy serving Tea, Coffee and Cake. Shirley Matthews was “Santa’s Helper”.
The while wet underfoot the weather stayed dry and all present enjoyed the day.
ENGINEERING IN MINIATURE - JANUARY 2020 EDITION
The article reviewing the clubs stands at the recent Midlands Model Engineering Show
entions the Club's stand on page 42. " A regular contributor to this event is the
Erewash MES (Photo 25). Fine models included a well built example of the refurbished
station building at Raven Square on the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway which I
hope the editor (a W&LLR Trustee) spotted during his visit to the show
(I certainly did - ED.)"
Well done Dave Oakland.
This month's meeting on 11th November, held at Alfie's Bar was the Clubs AGM and was attended by some 35 members.
A minutes silence was observed at the start of the meeting to remember those friends (members) that had passed away in the last year.
Mike Bannister stood down as Chairman after having served many years in that role. The meeting gave him a vote of thanks for his service to the Society. Dave Richardson was voted in as the new Chairman.
The rest of the meeting progressed smoothly with some discussion over a suggestion from the floor that the society should consider obtaining a defibrillator.
These continue on a Friday morning and a Sunday morning when members run their locos.