We are pleased to announce the restoration of our normal operations and our ever popular Public Train Ride Experience every Saturday 12:00pm until 4:00pm until the end of September where we look forward to taking you and your family for a ride behind one of our steam or electric locomotives here at our highly acclaimed 1/3 mile long railway track at this stunning location by the sea at West Shore, Llandudno.
About the NWMES
The Society was formed over 70 years ago as a result of 3 people meeting in a café in Llandudno and it has grown slowly to its present size with a membership in the region of 70 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 anyone interested in taking up the opportunity to develop skills in the construction, development, maintenance and operation of our 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. The driving and maintenance of live steam and electric model locomotives is available to those wishing to participate.
The Society is in a continuous process of developing it’s facilities at West Shore, Llandudno. Our permanent track of both 5″ and 3.5″ gauge, is approximately 1/3rd of a mile in length with water locations at all steaming bays and a new access driveway. We continue with general landscaping and planting around the site with a protected space to encourage a safe environment for indigenous small animals, birds and plants. Future projects include the building of a permanent Clubhouse on the site with the opportunity to use it as a lecture room for schools and engineering students to visit the site and as a function/meeting room for local community clubs and charities.
We are also in the process of surveying the site for safety and any additional facilities needed to open it up for visits by special needs and under privileged childrens charities and organisations to give them a day out with free rides on the trains.
To help raise funds for these projects we hold Public Running sessions on Saturdays 12:00 hrs to 16:00 hrs, weather permitting, from Easter to October, where for a small charge you can ride behind a steam or electric loco round our track (under 5’s ride for free). Our public running experience has made us a busy tourist attraction for families and railway enthusiasts visiting North Wales and the Llandudno/Conwy area with many repeat visits and favourable comments on social media and videos on YouTube.
During the winter we meet once each month at the Craig y Don Community Centre, Queens Road. Llandudno, LL30 1TE with a programme of talks on various topics of interest and video evenings with the opportunity to discuss the latest engineering problems members may have encountered. Interested members of the general public are most welcome at these meetings. A list of forthcoming meetings and topics is available on our Information/Meetings & Events page.
The Society aims to organize at least two trips each year to exhibitions or venues of interest to the members and their families, including the main Model Engineering Exhibitions.
Finally, if you are interested in Model Engineering, or engineering of any kind or would just like to help us to build and run a miniature railway at our site at West Shore, then why not pop in and see us, we are here most Wednesdays and Saturdays, you will be sure of a friendly welcome.