|The Society was formed in 1985 to further the hobby of model engineering and to establish model engineering facilities in the northern area of Perth. Since then leasehold grounds at Balcatta have been secured and developed in a pleasant bush land setting.|
At the grounds the Society has a miniature railway, picnic facilities, facilities for steam road vehicles and a substantial club building containing a workshop/machine shop, kitchen, library and meeting room.
The miniature railway comprises an above ground track of 340 metres covering gauges 5”, 3½”and 2½”, and in 2013 work was completed on a ground level 7¼” and 5” track. The railway is in the form of a folded figure eight with one loop inside the other. The track crosses over itself on a skew bridge. The track passes through a curved tunnel of 20 metres. The track is complemented by a covered steaming bay and a station.
The Society membership covers a wide range of interests and skills. The key aim of the Society is to share our enjoyment of model engineering, whether that is building a steam locomotive or small engine, or just enjoying fiddling around in the workshop. For some, it is participating in the operation of the railway on public and club rundays.
The machine shop has been developed to enable training of novices in the safe effective use of the machines and to complement the facilities of those with limited home equipment. Experienced members may also demonstrate model engineering machining processes. The machine shop comprises a lathe, vertical mill, surface grinder, drill presses, pedestal grinder, power hacksaw and electric welder.
The library has a very large collection of model engineering books and magazines, including full sets of Model Engineer and Engineering in Miniature. The collection is catalogued and listed on this website.
The Society holds General Meetings in the club meeting room at our grounds. Following a short business meeting, members display and discuss parts of models or bits and pieces they have been working on. There is plenty of opportunity to ask questions about how to do a particular job, where get materials, etc., and to enjoy fellowship over a snack and tea or coffee.
Each Tuesday morning and Saturday morning the grounds are open for working 'bees' and for use of the workshop. This is when we maintain the grounds and extend the facilities, but more importantly members can get together to have a yarn over a coffee.
On the last Sunday of the month (except December) the miniature railway is operated for the public. This is our fund raiser. The one entry fee allows access to the picnic grounds and BBQs and unlimited train rides. Tea, coffee, soft drinks and ice creams are available for purchase from the canteen. On some run days traction engines provide rides in towed wagons in addition to the miniature railway rides.Enquiries about membership are most welcome.