Open weekend at Grimsby and Cleethorpes Model Engineering Society

LOUTH member Dave Smith will be among steam locomotive drivers in action when the Grimsby and Cleethorpes Model Engineering Society throws open its doors to the public for the Bank Holiday weekend.

Visitors will be able to take train rides on the society’s multi-gauge railway at the club’s Brigsley Road headquarters in the shadow of Waltham’s six-sailed windmill.

While passenger hauling will be in the hands of Dave and other members driving their 7-1/4in and 5in gauge locos, smaller models are expected to be running on the 3-1/2in track, while even smaller models – some under radio control - will be displayed on the gauge one layout that made its debut at last year’s 75th anniversary event.

An exhibition of members’ work, including locos, wagons, stationary engines, clocks and workshop tools, will be staged in the society’s clubroom, where a model tramway will also be in operation.

Outside, a variety of stalls will offer tools, workshop materials and second-hand equipment, and there will be a bric-a-brac stall.

Event co-ordinator Paul Gilby said: “We have a strong contingent of members in the Louth and Mablethorpe areas and also expect to have visiting locomotives and other models from elsewhere in the county and perhaps further afield.

“Although we are essentially a model engineering society, we find our railway is popular from an entertainment point of view with children and adults alike, particularly the steam locos which have an atmosphere and character of their own.

“We never cease to be amazed at the number of people who say ‘we never knew you were here’. Those who have been before will know what they’re missing and those who have not been in the past have an opportunity during our open weekend to see what we are all about - and enjoy some train rides as well!”

The event runs from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with free admission and car parking.