7¼” Gauge Society Ltd.



Bedford Model Engineering Society

Summerfield’s Miniature Railways, Summerfield Barns, High Road, Haynes
Bedford MK45 3BH

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Friday 15th September – Sunday 17th September 2023


This year’s Annual Gathering and AGM will be held at the Bedford Model Engineering Society, (BMES) Summerfield’s Miniature Railways and will run from Friday 15th September to Sunday 17th September 2023. Members may arrive from 2pm on Thursday 14th September. There are camping pitches available which must be pre-booked. Note: Well behaved dog owners are welcome with their dogs.


Members are invited to book in their engines for running. Most small and medium types of locomotives can be accommodated and must not be longer than 12ft including driving truck. The track is made from 21mm aluminium rail so is unable to take the larger locomotives of the Tinkerbell or Thomas II types. There is also a weight restriction of 750kg on the hydraulic lift which is used to access the track. Sorry no stock other than a driving truck can be accommodated due to limited storage space. There will be a limit of one locomotive per member.

The railway has a main running line of approx 5000ft and is fully signalled. There is overnight accommodation for 30 locomotives at Haynes End station. During running all locomotives not in use will be moved to the holding sidings.


Tea and Coffee is available in the Club House, and in the crew room on the main station.

Pre-ordered packed lunches will be available on Saturday and Sunday.

On Friday evening there will be a Fish & Chip Supper served on site and there will be an informal pre-booked BBQ supper on the Saturday serving around 6pm. No evening meal will be served on the Sunday. All pre-booked meals must be pre-paid. A bar is planned to be on site.


Proficiency Scheme Bronze and Silver Award testing is available for anyone wishing to do it. Please complete the relevant section on the booking form.


The formal Annual General Meeting will take place at 4pm on Saturday 16th September 2023 at The Village Hall, Haynes. Please arrive at 3.30pm for registration. There is ample car parking.


For members bringing locomotives your public liability insurance certificate and boiler test certificates together with proof of current year’s membership of the society/club that tested the boiler(s) and issued the insurance certificate will be inspected before they are called forward to unload. NOTE:- NO COMPLETE PAPERWORK – NO RUN. All members booking in will receive a handbook prior to their arrival that will detail how to find and get to the BMES site, running instructions for the railway and other details needed for events during your visit.


All bookings please to be made no later than 15th August 2023.


If you wish to book online please click the green button below.


If you wish to book by post please download the booking form in the Archive section and follow the instructions included. If you wish to have a paper form sent to you please telephone Anthony Siddall (01242 680623) or write to Anthony Siddall, Barrow Hill Farm, Boddington, Cheltenham, GL51 0TL to request one.

Riverside Miniature Railway have invited members to run on their track at St.Neots, PE19 7HD on Monday, 18th September 2023 between 9am and 5pm. If you wish to do this please email The same conditions will be need to be met as at Bedford.






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