Busy weekend at Guildford

GUILDFORD Model Engineering Society (GMES) held its annual gala over the weekend of July 6-7.  

The club was formed in 1954 and moved to Stoke Park, Guildford in 1958, where it leases land in the eastern end of the park. 

Access is from London Road at Burchatts Farm Gate.

There are passenger lines of 7¼in-, 5in- and 3½in-gauges running around a corner of the park, enhanced with garden planting.  Other forms of model engineering were on display at the well-attended event. 

A regular performer on the Guildford MES track is Pixie, a Bagnall-type 0-4-0ST, seen on July 7. It is owned by GMES and is very much a ‘club loco’. It was donated by member Brian Jones in an early-build state, and the boiler was constructed by Ron Roebuck, another GMES member. The remaining loco parts and assembly were also undertaken by club members. Picture: JAMES HAMILTON

Trains ran as frequently as the signalling system would allow, with all trains full. There were a number of 7¼in-gauge locos in operation, two owned by GMES, the others provided by members. 

Other public running days this year are Sept 15 and Oct 20 (14.00-17.00) and December 8 Christmas open day (11.00-15.00).

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