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. 

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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. 

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