Bournemouth & District Society of Model Engineers
A Company Limited by Guarantee in England and Wales No 3351832
B&DSME was established in 1924 and has a membership of about 140 including about 40 wives and partners many of whom take an active part in running the Society. Members have a wide range of model engineering interests including locomotives, traction engines, clock making, stationary steam engines, and many other facets of the hobby.
A large number of the members have workshops with metal working tools and machines and have constructed their own models. The Society runs special events for charitable and other good causes throughout the year.
See What’s On for planned events.
The principle asset of the Society is the Littledown Miniature Railway which is situated to the rear of the Littledown Centre off Castle Lane East, Bournemouth.
Details for finding the site and parking facilities are available on our About page. The raised track is suitable for running 7¼, 5, and 3½ inch gauge locomotives.
A full description of the construction and development of the track and the associated components are detailed on our About page.
Our Gallery contains many interesting photographs which illustrate our facilities and activities.
Visitors are always welcome to the track on running days. If visitors wish to run a locomotive evidence of Third Party Insurance will be required. If using a steam locomotive a current boiler certificate will be needed.
If carrying passengers, coal burning locomotives must be equipped with a spark arrester. All locomotives will require a solid bar coupling. Riding trolleys will normally be available. The anti-
The Society is a member of the Southern Federation of Model Engineering Societies. The Society has a meeting on the third Wednesday of each month. These meetings take a variety of forms and occur at different locations. Tea, coffee and biscuits are served. Details of the times and contents of the meetings can be found in the in the What’s On section.
Application Forms for membership can be obtained from the Secretary of the Management Committee, or you can download a copy using the links below:-
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