The 2016 Model Engineer Exhibition at Brooklands Museum 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 the clubs and Societies that are now confirmed for 2016. More will be added as the 2016 bookings come in.

Gas Turbine Builders Association

V8 petrol engine The Gas Turbine Builders Association (GTBA) was started in the Summer of 1995 to encourage the exchange of information relating to the construction and operation of model gas turbines. Members are encouraged to contribute their ideas, experiences and developments through the online forum. Information is also regularly updated on sources of material and services available from individual members.

Visit the website for further information.


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: the exhibition stand will display many little known but fascinating vehicles that are of great historical interest.

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.

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.

The Society of Model and Experimental Engineers (SMEE)

Reading Established in 1898, the Society has a long and distinguished history. General meetings are held at Marshall House, usually on the first Saturday of the month. These cover a wide variety of topics of interest to model engineers and those of like mind. Visits are organised to places of interest; usually two visits a year. The Society ‘house’ magazine, The Journal (six editions a year) contains news of the Society as well as interesting articles written by members. We have run training courses for more than ten years, with the current range covering pretty much everyone from the novice needing advice setting up a workshop and ideas for a first project through to the milling machine and grinding your own lathe tools.
SMEE will be present at the MEX and will deliver a series of short presentations on subjects of interest throughout the weekend.

The Southern Federation of Model Engineering Societies

Reading The Federation represents model engineering interests throughout the United Kingdom. We represent the model engineering clubs and societies to which you may belong. We participate in negotiations about legislation that might affect you and provide guides and frameworks for good conduct within the hobby and safety.
Affiliation is drawn mainly from clubs/societies in the southern part of the UK, however membership ranges nationwide from the Orkneys to Guernsey, from Northern Ireland to East Anglia.

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. 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.

The Steamboat Association of Great Britain

victoria The Association has grown considerably since the early days and we now have a world-wide membership in excess of 1100, with 900 in the UK. We have overseas members in USA, Australia, Germany, France and Sweden and many other countries. The SBA can offer non boat owning members the experience of actual steamboating at one of our events, where all members are welcome to attend. Our members boats range from small workman like dinghies with machinery constructed by the owner, to large antique Thames Steam Launches, with vintage steam plant which have been lovingly restored and maintained to modem safety standards.

The Stirling Engine Society

victoria The Stirling Society was founded in January 1997, membership is invited from any one with an interest in Hot Air or Stirling Engines. An occasional news letter is sent to all members. The Stirling Society does not have formal meetings as such, however members attend and exhibit at model engineering and vintage machinery shows in Britain. We have an annual get together for members in April, for the past 10 years this has been held at Kew Steam Museum, London.

Surrey Society of Model Engineers

victoria The Surrey Society of Model Engineers is a society for anyone interested in model engineering, although we mainly concentrate on miniature railways. The club grounds are situated in a beautiful part of Surrey, close to the River Mole at the lower end of Leatherhead.

We hold regular open days for the public to come and enjoy rides on our steam & electric trains.

The Hanwell & District Model Society

victoria Hanwell & District Model Society was originally founded in 1967 by a small group of enthusiastic modellers with a common interest in Model Boats. Our friendly and informal monthly meetings allow members to discuss ideas, problems and techniques plus encouraging varied interests.
We have always held a strong belief in promoting the hobby to as wide an audience as possible, supporting and taking part in events throughout the South of England, both large events such as The Model Engineer Exhibition and small club run events.
We always enjoy meeting new faces, no matter where we go and our only rule is that members must have a sense of humour!

The Tramway & Light Railway Society

victoria The Tramway and Light Railway Society is a registered National Charity and is the UK society for everyone interested in tramways and especially tramway modelling. Founded in 1938, the TLRS now has around a thousand members. There are keen tram modelling groups in the Society covering most scales, with the strongest representation in 1:16, O gauge, and 'Sub-7mm', which covers OO, HO and N scales.
There are active Area Groups in many parts of the UK. They hold regular varied meetings and exchange modelling information. These TLRS meetings are part of the diary compiled by the Tramway Liaison Committee.