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Handforth Model Engineering Society

About the Society

Our newest member on his first experience of driving a steam engine. Despite the cold, Lostock is still going strong. Laurence and Mark giving Lostock and Romulus a good polish. A young family enjoying a ride behind Romulus. Dave's 5" quarry engine "Millclose" ready to run. Driver's eye view of Romulus.

Handforth Model Engineering Society is a group of friends and hobbyists that aims to promote and foster model engineering in all its forms.

Since its inception in 2009, the society has laid a ground level 7¼" track and raised 3½" and 5" tracks in Meriton Road Park. In addition, the park pavilion has been transformed into a clubhouse following extensive refurbishment by members.

Although the group is largely self-funded, the society received a grant from the Manchester Airport Community Fund which has been used to pay for the raised track.

Councillor Don Stockton, representing the Airport Fund, formally opened the track as part of the Gala Day organised by Friends of Meriton Road Park.

The opening took place on the morning of Sunday 2nd September 2012 with rides on steam trains being available throughout the day.

In winter 2016/2017, the club built four new carriages for the 7¼" track. These were named Rainbow by the children of Rainbow Preschool Nursery in Handforth.

In 2017, the club received a Community Grant from Cheshire East Council to install safety fencing between the tracks and the footpaths in the park, and to build stations for both tracks.

Handforth MES is actively involved in the community, working with groups such as Rainbow Preschool Nursery, Friends of Meriton Road Park, the local council and the Community Service.


The society meets twice each week to work on current projects and offers rides to the general public on most Sundays between 11am and 3pm in Meriton Road Park.

Evening meetings are held once per month to discuss progress, share knowledge and to listen to talks from both invited guest speakers and members of the society.

New members are always welcome, and can join by filling in or membership form. If you would like to find out more about the society please feel free to contact one of our committee members.

Regular Running Hours

Running hours are weather permitting.

Monthly Meetings