Modellers host open day in Nantwich

Visitors enjoy their miniature-gauge steam ride (3)

By Jonathan White

The South Cheshire Model Engineering Society held its annual open day last week.

The free event took place at the rear of The Peacock Inn on Crewe Road in Willaston.

It featured miniature-gauge steam and diesel train rides on the five-inch railway track.

There was also a demonstration of miniature four-inch scale steam traction engine ‘Maud’ by Les Riley, who meticulously built the engine over an 11-year period.

Les is currently working on a half full size ‘Burrell’ locomotive, which was also on display.

The clubhouse contained a display of locomotives and engines produced by members. Refreshments were served by volunteers and the Wilson House Scouts.

Society chairman Paul Vidler said: “This is about the tenth year we have run our open day in September and today was the most rain we have ever had, so I am most grateful that people have come out and supported us.”

The society currently has 75 members and meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7.45pm in the clubhouse.

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