Founded in 2001, the Society is a relative newcomer in the well-established field of Model Engineering societies. It is based at the Bath & West Showground near Shepton Mallet, Somerset in the south-west of the UK, and draws members from as far afield as Bristol and Yeovil. Members come from many different walks of life and are of varying levels of skill and experience – and all are still learning! Their interests include:
2016 First Public Running – 5th March
The first event of 2016 is public running as part of the 50th Anniversary of the closure of the Somerset and Dorset Railway.
The 2016 ESSMEE Open Weekend, is on 8th and 9th October.
The 2015 Royal Bath and West Show was another 4 days of fun and hard work at the Bath and West Railway.
A new passenger hauling record of 8295 journeys made by 699 train circuits of the line gives an average loading of nearly 12 passengers per train – a fantastic effort by all staff once again, especially the unsung heroes of the ‘Level Crossing’! The record was particularly surprising due to Friday morning being mostly taken out by a huge rain shower, with staff and locos seeking shelter where possible and only a few hardy passengers braving the weather.
The event went off nearly without a hitch, but there are rumours of something that broke?
Congratulations to Stephen who wins the Gold Medal at the recent London Model Engineering Exhibition.
Below are a couple of pictures showing Stephen with his superb Lynx Radial Engine and the rather large Bradbury Winter Memorial Challenge Cup
Another great Main Show for the Bath and West Railway. Around 7000 passengers carried over the 4 days including our 100,000th passenger since the birth of the Railway, a fantastic achievement.
The usual collection of laughs, jokes and the occasional hiccup gave possibly the most enjoyable show to date. The new signal box worked well and the non-stop efficient flow of 4 trains on the line illustrates how the membership of the club have learned to manage the line over the years.
ESSMEE was busy again on the last weekend of September, with the open weekend, a free event which all are welcome to attend.
A number of visiting locos on the mainline and a welcome number of traction engines too.