NWMES Secures Grants from Conwy County Borough Council and Llandudno Town Council
The Society have recently been successful in securing grants of £10,000 from CCBC's 'Local Community Regeneration Project/Capital Fund' and £5,000 from Llandudno Town Council. The grant from CCBC is to assist the Society in the completion of the second phase of track development at our West Shore site. The overall project costs including match funding in the form of volunteer labour by Society members and various member donations is in the region of £22,000.
Completion of phase 2 will see a track circuit of approximately 1,000 ft in length with the creation of locomotive preparation (Steaming) bays, signaling and appropriate earthworks. It is hoped to complete the basic work in time to commence public train rides at Easter. The completion of this phase will enable the Society to give the public an enhanced experience of riding behind both electric and steam locomotives on 'The West Shore Miniature Railway'.
Llandudno Town Council's Grant is to go towards the purchase of new passenger carrying rolling stock to replace our existing 20yr+ old riding trucks and also towards purchasing an electric locomotive in time for our summer public carrying operations.
The Society are tremendously greatful for the continuing support given by our local Councillers to our enterprise.
North Wales Model Engineering Society
The Society was formed over 50 years ago as a result of 3 people meeting in a café in Llandudno. It has grown slowly to its present size with a membership in the region of 65 members.
The Society aims to foster an interest in engineering through the construction of model engines of all kinds. Many members have had no previous training in engineering but with the help of other members have been able to gain such skills as necessary to produce working models.
We also welcome members interested in taking up the opportunity to develop skills in the construction, development, maintenance and operation of a miniature railway. Members are encouraged to take part in the public running events the Society holds and appropriate training on all aspects of running such events, including the driving and maintenance of live steam model locomotives, is available to those wishing to participate.
The Society is now looking forward to an exciting future with the development of new facilities on a recently leased site at West Shore, Llandudno. Planning permission has been obtained for the development of a new permanent track some 600 metres in length on the site along with a Clubhouse.
We are currently using our portable 5" gauge track extensively at various events around the region providing the general public with the experience of riding behind live steam model locomotives, supporting local charities in the process. Checkout our ‘Events Calendar’ to see the events we will be attending.
During the winter we meet once each month with a mixture of talks on diverse topics, video evenings and there is always the opportunity to discuss the latest engineering problems members may have encountered in their model making. Interested members of the general public are welcome at these meetings. The meetings are currently held at the Craig y Don Community Centre, Queens Rd. Llandudno.
The Society aims to organize at least 2 coach trips each year to venues of interest to the members and their families, including the main Model Engineering Exhibitions.
Finally, if you are interested in Model Engineering of any kind or would like to help us to build and run a miniature railway at our new site, then why not get in contact by visiting us at one of our portable track events or pop in and see us most Saturdays at our West Shore Site. You will be sure of a friendly welcome. You can also contact one of our committee members via the website.