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 afternoon and on 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
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 afternoon and a Sunday morning when members run their locos.
Midland Model Engineering Model Exhibition
The Society once again presented a stand at the show, presenting the work of some of our members. Our thanks go to Bernard Marsh for organising the stand and all members who lent models to go on the stand.
PS: The stand attracted a lot more interest than the photos show. It took patience to be able to see the stand to photograph it!
The models displayed on the stand were:
D.Allsopp: 3 inch Foster Traction Engine,
B.Berry: 5" B.R. standard mogul and tender,
D.Brown: 31/2 inch gauge Rob Roy,
P.Clarke: 1/4 scale Bentley radial rotary engine & 5"scale Southern Railway "U" class mogul,
J.Haddon: Horizontal mill engine,
B.Hatchings: 11/2 inch gauge Burrel-Boydal endless railway Traction Engine,
G.Lees: 71/4 gauge petrol hydraulic loco,
B. Marsh: N.R.Gent Dividing Head & Sectioned 2 inch scale steel boiler,
A. Marshall: Dispaly of Injector jigs.
D. Oakland: 16mm Trackside Building.
J.Ollerenshaw: 5" Plank Wagon,
T.Riley: 3 inch Wallis & Steven Traction Engine
The Society’s formal meeting for October was held at Alfie’s Bar,
formerly the Canal Turn, on Monday 11th October from 7-30pm.
Some 35 members gathered in the Lounge Bar to hear an
illustrated talk by Stephen Flinders about the Ilkeston Tramway
which ran a passenger service from Cotmanhay, via the town
centre to Hallam Fields starting in 1903 till 1931.
The talk was given in a clear and entertaining manner and was
enjoyed by all present. Members had an opportunity to purchase
a booklet about the Ilkeston Tramway at the end of the talk.