The society holds two meetings per month on the first and third Fridays commencing 7.30pm until around 10pm in the common room of the Seashell Trust ( formally the Royal School for the Deaf) Stanley Road, Heald Green. SK8 6RQ. The first meeting is a "bits and pieces" night where members bring in items of interest and give a brief explanation of their project. There is usually lively discussion and some light hearted banter thrown around! The second meeting is usually a talk given by guests or members concerning matters of interest, not always model engineering. If you would like to come along or are interested in joining us please contact our secretary at the e-mail address in the contacts page. Our member's interests cover all the usual model engineering interests, clocks, boats, tooling, hot air and stationary engines, all in all a varied group.
Since the society had to move from its previous home a lot of work has been done to r&ebuild our raised railway track in South Park. The railway is now fully functional but there's a great deal still to be done. Our track is multi gauge, 2.5", 3.5" & 5", approx.1100 feet long (340 mtrs) fully signalled allowing for up to five trains to run at one time without "bunching up". We try to run most Sundays, opening up around 10am. We aim to run passenger trains from 11am until around 2pm, weather and numbers taken into consideration. No charge is made for riding and there's no limit to the number of times you can ride. We do however ensure that any people waiting get their turn. All we ask is for you to make a donation to club funds, we have donation boxes in the station area. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are working days at the track, always something to do. Thursday has been designated 2.5" running day, larger scale loco's are discouraged from running whilst the 2.5" loco's are on the track.
We don't have the luxury of services on site, we run our signals from a battery supply and have a generator for 240 volts as and when required. For steam raising we use our own 12/24 volt battery powered blowers and we have compressed air and 12 / 24 volt supplies at the steaming bays.
We have two battery powered club loco's, on 08 shunting loco and a Pendolino/Voyager shaped power car. Our club steam loco is a freelance 0-4-0 saddle tank named "Puffer", built by the late Gilbert Lindsay. Our riding trucks have recently been overhauled and have been repainted with a club logo applied. We've decided to adopt the Pheonix as a logo as our club has indeed risen from the ashes once again!