Chelmsford Society of Model Engineers Ltd

Limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales. No.00897047
Registered Office. 5 Spur Road. Linton. Cambridgeshire. CB21BA
© 2019

Celebrating 87 years of Model Engineering in Chelmsford


Club History

Chelmsford City Miniature Railway

Members Section

Santa Special

Welcome to our club

The Chelmsford Society of Model Engineers is over 80 years old. Our members come from all walks of life and do not necessarily have an engineering background. Membership is open to all with an interest in model engineering.
We have a membership of over 80.

Our interests cover all forms of model engineering from steam to horology.
Members also operate Chelmsford City Miniature Railway, carrying passengers pulled by steam locomotives on two-scale railway tracks.
Situated in Central Park, in the City of Chelmsford, the railways are used to give rides to members of the public.

Club Site

There are two main railway tracks, each approximately 1000 ft in length, one raised and the other at ground level.
Both tracks have a covered canopy for passengers. Access for locos to either track can normally be made directly from the back of a trailer.

The raised track has three gauges, 3.5", 5" and 7.25" and is controlled by 2-aspect signalling.

The ground level track has two gauges, 5" and 7.25"
Loco movement is controlled by 4-aspect signalling which can operate in either semi-automatic mode with the aid of a signaller, or in fully automatic mode.
We also have a raised 45mm and 32mm garden railway, with an oval shape with loops and siding for setting up rolling stock and steaming bays, enabling running of G scale and Gauge 1.
Although we do not have our own boating lake or flying facilities we do have members who build model boats and hold bi-monthly sailing reggatas, other members build and fly model aircraft with a local flying club.
Some members allso build model stationary engines,clocks and restore vintage cars

On wednesday mornings, throughout the year you will find a group of members on site maintaing the track or finding something to do, if it's only having a cup of tea and a chat.

If you are interested in joining us please call into our site in Meteor Way on one of our meeting evenings or on a Wednesday morning or Sunday afternoon. Alternatively you may use our Contact Us section to send an email.
The Club welcomes visits from other societies. Interested parties should contact us initially through this website.


Light refreshments are often available during public running in the on-site Clubhouse. The Clubhouse is also used for monthly meetings when external speakers talk to members on a range of topics. In the middle of each month, members meet to compare notes on current projects. A well-equipped hobby shop is used for the maintenance of the infrastructure and rolling stock.

How to find us

Please note that the following is NOT a postal address for the Society. The Pedestrian entrance to miniature railway is first right AFTER the car park NOT the one in the corner of car park
Meteor Way (Opposite Pitch and Putt, off Waterhouse Lane) Chelmsford, CM1 2RL

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