The 2014 Model Engineer Exhibition will include many displays by clubs and societies - both local and national organisations, all dedicated to furthering the interests of the hobby. Below we have listed a selection of the 25 or so club stands which were on display in 2013. More will be added as the 2014 bookings come in. We are expecting even more than last year!

Canterbury & District Model Engineering Society

Canterbury This club took home the shield for Best Club Stand at the 2010 Model Engineer Exhibition and we are glad to see them returning in 2014. You will find plenty of interesting models and members of the society will be on hand to talk to visitors from the Canterbury area and further afield who may be interested in joining the club.

East Surrey 16mm Group

V8 petrol engine We meet regularly at St. Nicholas School, Merstham, Redhill, on the first, third and fifth (if there is one!) Fridays of every month from 7 to 10pm. 16mm members are very flexible in their approach. Mainly, 16mm people are out to enjoy their modelling, whatever their ability or following, and they all enjoy it together.

Guildford Model Engineering Society

Taper turning attachment for Myford ML7 GMES has more than 200 members, including some from continental Europe and the USA; our most distant member hails from California. We have a full programme of meetings, talks and visits for members and we hold open days monthly during the summer. The Society welcomes new members. If you are interested in joining the society please approach any of the members at the Model Engineer Exhibition.

The Guild of Model Wheelwrights

wheelwrights This is a unique organisation based in the United Kingdom which also has members from many other countries. We are a group of enthusiasts who are devoted to the promotion and construction of precision scale models of all types of horse drawn vehicles: many little known but fascinating vehicles that are of great historical interest.

The GWR Grange Project, 6880

grange The 6880 Society (a registered charity, No. 1100537) was formed in 1998 with the sole intention of recreating a Great Western ‘Grange’ class locomotive. While many of the other Great Western classes survived into preservation, none of the ‘Grange’ class escaped the breaker’s yard cutting touch. Therefore the group was set up to create Betton Grange, which when completed will become the 81st ‘Grange’.

Ickenham & District SME

V8 petrol engine We are a vibrant model engineering society located in the village of Ickenham on the north western edge of London. We hold regular meetings at our headquarters in the centre of the village. Ickenham Miniature Railway is located in the centre of Ickenham and has been giving rides to the public since 1970.

Lynton & Barnstable Railway Trust, Surrey Branch

V8 petrol engine The group has three objectives.  To raise awareness of the L&B in the Surrey area ,  to give financial support by raising much needed funds and finally to co-ordinate the activities of our members by organising work parties either at the railway in Devon, or undertaking practical projects locally. We raise awareness and the much needed funds by attending local exhibitions such as this in and around the Surrey area.

Malden & District Society of Model Engineers

malden SME As a model engineering society we cover all aspects of model engineering, however our main focus is on live steam miniature railways. Our railway is well known and locally it is referred to as the Thames Ditton Miniature Railway and this is where we operate our two independent railways, both are used for passenger hauling.

The Association of Model Barge Owners and MTSBC


AMBO was founded to bring together people who are interested in Thames Sailing Barges and especially those who build and sail working models of Sailing Barges.

The Model Thames Sailing Barge Championships was started in about 1989 under the patronage of the Scale Sail Association and is now incorporated under the Thames Sailing Barge modelling interests of AMBO. AMBO invites ALL owners of model Sailing Barges to take part – all we ask is that you come along and have a good day in the company of fellow Thames Sailing Barge modellers.

Model Yachting Association

Yachting assn The MYA is always interested in hearing from groups of model yachting enthusiasts and would encourage them to affiliate to the Association, thereby being able to join with other clubs in competitions, enter National and District Championships and to influence the development of the sport and the formulation of rules.

Napier Power Heritage Trust

V8 petrol engine If you would like to know more about the ongoing 200 years of Napier engineering history and thereby supporting and keeping alive the important English Engineering Heritage, you are most welcome to come along and talk to our representatives at the Model Engineer Exhibition.

National 2 1/2in gauge Association

two and a half inch gauge association In May 1975 a group of enthusiasts agreed to form the National 2½" Gauge Association. Its objectives were to preserve access to articles and existing designs, encourage new designs and supply those castings that were not available from the model engineering suppliers. Since those days the Association has flourished. Please come and see our inspiring display.

North London Society of Model Engineers

V8 petrol engine We maintain a permanent Headquarters in Finchley, North London. This site houses the Society’s library and meeting room. Meetings are held on a regular basis and cover operational activities, demonstrations, discussion groups, and talks by members as well as guest speakers. Workshop Nights are held during the winter months at Headquarters. These rather informal meetings allow members to discuss workshop and associated matters with other model engineers, with frequent talks and demonstrations.

Phoenix Marine Model Club

Reading Our club formed in April 1996 and is based at the picturesque Silver Mere Lake in Surrey. This venue is within the grounds of Silvermere Golf Club. We adhere to the safety rules and principles of the Model Yacht Association. Our sail area is safe, sheltered and secure. We have a jetty which provides easy launching and recovery. An added appeal of our club is the public restaurant with hot food and toilet facilities. There is also car parking within easy reach of our sailing area. If the weather is bad then members will meet in the restaurant for coffee and a chat. We can use the lake seven days a week but two people must always be present during sailing.

Reading Society of Model Engineers

Reading Members have a wide range of interests in all forms of model engineering. The club has a permanent multi-gauge (3 1/2" and 5" gauge) raised railway track. We are also in the process of installing a new 2 1/2" gauge layout as well. In recent years our major project has been the construction of a ground level 7 1/4" and 5" track. The Society welcomes everyone (junior membership is available for those aged 12 to 18) with an interest in model engineering and model railways – novices and experts alike.

7 1/4 in. Gauge Society

Reading The Society is established for the purpose of promoting 7¼" and 7½" gauge railways, in particular to meet for rallies, publish a magazine, improve liaison with the trade and to undertake such activities as may from time to time be incidental and conducive to the attainment therof. We endeavour to represent the common interests of the members, support and promote the creation of 7¼" & 7½" models and railways, attend exhibitions, meetings and seminars, produce publications, publicity and generally help promote the hobby. We represent members in respect of existing or proposed legislation, government policies and other matters as may effect those common interests and try to further mutual co-operation in pursuit of these interests.

The Society of Ornamental Turners

Ornamental turners The Society of Ornamental Turners was formed in 1948 with the object to encourage, develop and promote the study and practice of the art and science of Ornamental Turning. There are now more than 300 members world-wide. Quarterly meetings are held in London where members display examples of their work, share their experiences and attend lectures or demonstrations. Seminars and visits to places of interest are also arranged. Over many years a close association has been developed with the Worshipful Company of Turners and several members of the Society are Freemen or Liverymen of the Company. From time to time the Worshipful Company holds competitions which include categories open to members of the Society.

Staines Society of Model Engineers

two and a half inch gauge association We are approximatley 10 minutes walk from Staines Railway Station. Junction 13 of M25 is your nearest junction. Train rides begin on Easter Sunday and then follow from the fourth Sunday in April until the end of October (weather permitting of course) Rides begin at around 13-00hrs and continue through until 17-00hrs. A nominal charge is made for each passenger.

Sussex Miniature Locomotive Society

Sussex mls The Beech Hurst Railway, started in 1951, is operated and maintained by the Sussex Miniature Locomotive Society, a completely voluntary organisation. Situated in Beech Hurst Park, Haywards Heath, 300 metres above sea level, it gives fine views of the Sussex countryside. Between Easter and October we run a public passenger service from 14.00 - 17.00 Saturdays and Sundays. Membership of the Society is open to all those with an interest in helping to run the railway and/or model engineering.

Sutton Model Engineering Club

Reading We have approximately 530 feet of 5" and 7-1/4" ground level track with station loop and sidings, all controlled from a signal box at the Low Level Station. The minimum track radius is about 50ft. We also have approximately 230feet of Gauge 1 and Gauge 0 track with turntable and sidings all at table height. Our comfortable clubhouse has all the usual facilities and is home to many experts who are happy to demonstrate their expertise in the field of tea making (and drinking). Track days, normally the second Sunday of the month, are open to any visiting locomotives subject to a valid boiler certificate. We look forward to seeing you!

Victoria Model Steamboat Club

victoria Formed as the Victoria Model Steamboat Club in 1904 by a number of boat modellers that frequently met at Victoria Park lake, the club has embraced hydroplanes almost throughout their entire existence, from the ‘heady days’ of 8mph top speed to the staggering record currently held by club member Norman Lara at 135mph. Victoria Park in Hackney is the spiritual home of tethered hydroplanes, The Victoria Club is over 100 years old and has its water and boathouse in a delightful tree surrounded location on the eastern side of this large London Park. When visiting this spot it is hard not to be touched by the ghosts of the past.