Welcome to Ashton Court Railway and the Home of the Bristol Society of Model and Experimental Engineers since 1973.
We 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.
The Ashton Court Miniature Railway is open for a great day out. See link below.
Anyone showing or experiencing any of the symptoms of Covid-19 is requested to not visit the site or ride the railway.
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.
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 Bristol’s Ashton Court on which our miniature railway can be found. To find out more about us follow this link.
Photo gallery of images of many aspects of our hobby, take a look.