Bedford Model Engineering Society :- Summerfields Miniature Railways

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Bedford Model Engineering Society :- Summerfields Miniature Railways

Club Details:

Website: www.bedfordmes.co.uk

Address: Summerfields Barns, Hammer Hill, Haynes, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK45 3BH, ENG

 

Club & Track Details

Although the Society itself had been in existence for many years, the present Summerfields Miniature Railways system began life in the early 1990s as a short ‘out and back’ line, primarily to serve the clientele of the former ‘pick your own’ fruit farm - from which the railway takes its name. A considerable amount of expansion and development has been undertaken since then. At the site the Society has a clubhouse, workshop and both raised and ground level multi-gauge tracks. Public running takes place each month from Easter until late October on all three track systems. Visiting locomotives are welcome to take part on these occasions, although notice of intended participation would be appreciated. The annual visitors’ invitation locomotive rally takes place over the first full weekend of September. The ground level system consists of approximately 5000 feet of 7¼" gauge track, which includes three stations – Haynes End, Badgers Holt and Hammer Hill. The former is a terminus, with turntable, off-loading ramps and raised steaming bays, while the latter covers the interchange with the part of the ground level track that is dual gauge for the running of 5” gauge locomotives. There is approximately 640 feet of 2½”, 3½” and 5” gauge raised track, made up as a continuous circuit and incorporating a loop having the uncommon arrangement of flexible pointwork. This track also has its own raised steaming bays with a turntable and traverser. Its station is located alongside that of the ground level systems to permit passenger interchange. This is facilitated by what is believed to be the longest footbridge spanning miniature railways in the whole country. The raised and ground level tracks are also linked to facilitate locomotive changes, if required. There is plenty of space for car parking and running traction engines and other models. For the larger events caravans can be accommodated and an electrical ‘hook-up’ facility is available.

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