Grimsby & Cleethorpes Model Engineering Society

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Grimsby & Cleethorpes Model Engineering Society

Chairman: Geoff Morgan

Contact number: 01472-597529

Secretary: Dave Smith

Contact number: 01507-605901

Club Details:

Club Days: Public running - Sundays (Mar - Oct); General meetings: Third Tuesday of month.

Telephone Icon   07970-491567

Email Icon   dksp2@talktalk.net

Website: http://gcmes.org.uk/

Address: Hartley Lodge, Waltham Windmill Site, Brigsley Road, Waltham, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, DN37 0JZ, ENG

 

Club & Track Details

Formed in 1935, Grimsby and Cleethorpes Model Engineering Society has moved home more than once, but has occupied its present headquarters at the Waltham Windmill site, on the outskirts of Grimsby, since 1987, having developed it from overgrown scrubland into what it is today. Our facilities include a purpose-built brick clubhouse with small workshop, an adjacent carriage shed, a steaming bay with turntable, a working signalbox and a tunnel. Over the years, a multi-gauge ground-level track has been laid to accommodate 3-1/2in, 5in and 7-1/4in – with the main outer circuit extending to around 393 metres, or about a quarter-of-a-mile. A planning application to extend the main circuit by around 300 metres was approved by the local Planning Committee in February 2014. Public running usually takes place on Sundays from March to the end of October, as well as on Wednesdays during the school holidays, the Saturday nearest Bonfire Night and, for the purposes of raising money for a local charity – normally St Andrew’s Hospice – on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Our big event of the year is our Open Gala Weekend – a three-day affair held over the August Bank Holiday, when we open our doors for the public to wander round the site and get close up with the action, possibly spend a pound or two at one of the stalls and have a look at members’ work in our free exhibition in the clubroom. And, of course, the trains are running! Visitors from other clubs are always made most welcome, any relevant paperwork – boiler certificates, insurance, club membership card etc - being requested before running locos on the track. Apart from our outside activities, we hold a general meeting in the clubroom on the third Tuesday of every month. Contact: Secretary Dave Smith, lla Little Lane, Louth, Lincolnshire LN11 9DT. Tel: 01507-605901. Mobile: 07970-491567. Email: dksp2@talktalk.net. (That's Dave in the photograph driving his superb P2, Earl Marischal).

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