Welcome to the Bristol Society of Model and Experimental Engineers’ website.
Our Society was founded in 1909 and is one of the oldest in the country, we have around 250 members with engineering interests ranging from locomotives and traction engines to boats to aeroplanes, tethered car racing, live steam and internal combustion engines, clocks, tool making, 3D printing and recently radio controlled model hot air ballooning.
We also built and operate the Miniature railway at Ashton Court.
From its opening in 1973 the railway has been developed by the Society to become what you see today … an interpretation, albeit on a smaller scale, of how the railways were operated particularly in the days of steam. We are all volunteers and many of the locomotives you will see and travel behind have been built by Society members as faithful reproductions of an original prototype that also work in exactly the same way.
Ashton Court Miniature Railway
We extend thanks to all our passengers and followers for the wonderful support you gave us in 2018 when our tenancy in Ashton Court came under threat.
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We are also operating the railway every Wednesday afternoon during August between 1 and 4pm.
If you enjoy the magic of a steam railway why not join us? Email the chairman (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details, he’d love to hear from you.
For some years now during the month of August we have been running a highly popular Annual Model Engineering Exhibition at Thornbury Leisure Centre and 2018’s event was no exception.
However it has been decided that there will be no exhibition in 2019 due in part to the uncertainty over our lease but we are hopeful of putting on another exhibition in the future.
Brilliant Bristol Model Engineering Exhibition review here.
Although the club has a strong affinity to the age of steam as witnessed by the many fine steam locomotives to be seen at our miniature railway layout at Ashton Court Railway you will also find “Diesel Electric” locomotives in the line up for passenger hauling which are a firm favourite with the youngsters who come along on our public running days for a ride, along with mum and dad.
The diverse interests within the membership covers the whole gamut of engineering , mechanical, electrical, electronic, even civil engineering when you consider the track laying and maintenance carried out at Ashton Court Railway so there is a niche for a wide variety of skills and interests. Why not pay us a visit and see for yourselves?
We hold public running days at Ashton Court Railway and bi monthly lectures covering model engineering and related topics at Begbrook Community Centre where everyone is welcome, so come along and enjoy.
BSMEE has the use of 4.5 acres of land at Bristols Ashton Court on which our miniature railway can be found. To find out more about us follow this link.
Every year the Bristol Society of Model engineers puts on a grand exhibition. Visited by thousands of people our Exhibition is an excellent way to see the diverse collections of models that are made around the UK and the world. Find out more about the exhibition.
CLICK ON THE VIDEO FOR A TIME LAPSE VIEW OF ONE OF OUR EXHIBITIONS
(This is only one of the four halls we fill)
We are working towards creating a huge gallery of images of many aspects of our hobby, take a look or maybe even upload some yourself.
More about us in this video
The Bristol Society of Model and Experimental Engineers hope that you will find our website informative and enjoyable.
The club has a new workshop with an extensive range of tools and machine tools including lathes, mills, pillar drills and many other items. Some of the tools are larger than many of those found in home workshops so members can tackle large scale models.
Up and Away
(We are not just about hot engines)