Visitors

Planning your visit

For technical reasons we cannot open our site to the public. Nevertheless, if you would like to visit us, either to run your locomotive or just to see what we do, then this can usually be arranged without difficulty. First, look at our Calendar and pick a date when there is something scheduled. Then contact our secretary to confirm that the event is on and ensure there will be someone on site to welcome you.

Where to park
When you arrive, please park your vehicle on the club site itself in one of the allocated areas. Please do not park on nearby public roads.

Responsibility for children
The Child Protection Act defines anyone under 18 as a child. All children visiting our site must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please take responsibility for any children in your party. We are keen to encourage the interest and enthusiasm of the younger generation but moving trains and vehicles, and hot locomotives can present hazards. Please ensure that your children stay safe at all times while on site, and that they do not cause hazards to others.

On arrival
All visitors should enter the clubhouse, read and comply with the Society’s byelaws on the main noticeboard, then sign in. Those not running models should sign the Visitors book.

Running your model
When you arrive at the clubsite, you will have to:

  • Show a club official evidence of current membership of a relevant club or society,
  • Know and comply with the Society code of practice for running models, and
  • Sign the relevant running record (raised/ground level tracks or garden railway).

If you are running a locomotive, please familiarise yourself with the ground level, raised level or garden railway details as appropriate.

Pressure vessels
If your model includes a pressure vessel of capacity above 3 bar-litre, you will have to show the club official evidence of a valid test certificate from a nationally recognised body (e.g. Southern Federation, Northern Association of Model Engineering Societies, 7¼” Gauge Society)

If your model includes a pressure vessel of capacity equal to or less than 3 bar-litre then the vessel and any pressure gauge fitted must have undergone a satisfactory test in the previous 12 months.

Driving by children
Please note that children under the age of 10 will not be allowed to drive on the raised level or ground level tracks. Children between 10 and 16 can only drive on these tracks if they are junior associate members of our society but they cannot haul members of the public.

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