Rotherham & District Model Engineers Society                                                                

History 1 - The Beginning and Multi-Gauge Raised Track

The Society was formed in August 1992 as the Rotherham Narrow Gauge Society changing to its

present name in March 1994. The Society members come with a variety of engineering and other

skills, enabling the Society to provide the expertise required for carrying out the majority of tasks

needed to enhance the facilities of the Society.

The Society took over part of Rosehill  ( Victoria ) Park on the outset of the Society in 1994.

Clearance of the site, which was considerably overgrown, commenced immediately with the

priority to construct a simple oval shaped raised track. For this purpose redundant concrete

sleepers were used as a base for the steel bar track, the track being donated by Rotherham

Engineering Steels. The track was completed in 1997 and rides commenced for the public in that

year. The circuit included a tunnel underneath the access road to the bottom part of the site. All the

construction work was carried out by the members of the Society. In 1997 the Society became a

Limited Company by Guarantee.

In 1998 the top part of the site, including two brick buildings, was offered to the Society and

accepted. This coincided with the commencement of a 5 year lease. The Society is currently coming

to the end of a second 5 year lease and the aim is to negotiate a longer lease if possible. The two

buildings were converted to a workshop, fitted out with machine tools, and a club house which

includes a toilet block. A number of containers were obtained, one being used as another

workshop the others used for storage. Twenty sections of portable track were constructed for use

at outside events, initially at Elsecar Heritage Centre.

 Initially the Society did not own its own locomotive and had to rely on Peter Farrar’s 5” gauge

LNER B1 and his 7.25” guage Homeside, together with the occasional use of other members

locomotives. Subsequently the Society were able to construct its 7.25” gauge Wren “Victoria

Rose”. A set of five coaches were constructed for use on the multi-gauge raised track.

The running of the Society is controlled by a committee of eight, this includes a Chairman,

Secretary and Treasurer. The Chairman, Treasurer and one other member of the committee act as

Directors/Trustees of the Company.

How to find us: We can be found down a track off the end of Park Grove, Rawmarsh, S62 7JS
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Affiliated to Southern Federation of Model Engineering Societies

History 1 - The Beginning and Multi-Gauge Raised Track

The Society was formed in August 1992 as

the Rotherham Narrow Gauge Society

changing to its present name in March

1994. The Society members come with a

variety of engineering and other skills,

enabling the Society to provide the

expertise required for carrying out the

majority of tasks needed to enhance the

facilities of the Society.

The Society took over part of Rosehill ( Victoria ) Park on the outset of the Society in

1994. Clearance of the site, which was considerably overgrown, commenced

immediately with the priority to construct a simple oval shaped raised track. For this

purpose redundant concrete sleepers were used as a base for the steel bar track, the track

being donated by Rotherham Engineering

Steels. The track was completed in 1997 and

rides commenced for the public in that

year. The circuit included a tunnel

underneath the access road to the bottom

part of the site. All the construction work

was carried out by the members of the

Society. In 1997 the Society became a

Limited Company by Guarantee.

In 1998 the top part of the site, including two

brick buildings, was offered to the Society and

accepted. This coincided with the

commencement of a 5 year lease. The

Society is currently coming to the end of a

second 5 year lease and the aim is to

negotiate a longer lease if possible. The two

buildings were converted to a workshop,

fitted out with machine tools, and a club

house which includes a toilet block. A

number of containers were obtained, one

being used as another workshop the others

used for storage. Twenty sections of portable track were constructed for use at outside

events, initially at Elsecar Heritage Centre.

 

Initially the Society did not own its own

locomotive and had to rely on Peter Farrar’s

5” gauge LNER B1 and his 7.25” gauge

Homeside, together with the occasional use

of other members locomotives.

Subsequently the Society were able to

construct its 7.25” gauge Wren “Victoria

Rose”. A set of five coaches were

constructed for use on the multi-gauge

raised track.

The running of the Society is controlled by a committee of eight, this includes a

Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. The Chairman, Treasurer and one other member of

the committee act as Directors/Trustees of the Company.

Rotherham & District Model Engineers Society Webmaster:- Ken Staniforth
How to find us: We can be found down a track off the end of Park Grove, Rawmarsh, S62 7JS
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History 1 - The Beginning and Multi-Gauge Raised Track

The Society was formed in August 1992 as the Rotherham

Narrow Gauge Society changing to its present name in

March 1994. The Society members come with a variety of

engineering and other skills, enabling the Society to provide

the expertise required for carrying out the majority of tasks

needed to enhance the facilities of the Society.

The Society took over part of Rosehill ( Victoria ) Park on the

outset of the Society in 1994. Clearance of the site, which was

considerably overgrown, commenced immediately with the

priority to construct a simple oval shaped raised track. For

this purpose redundant concrete sleepers were used as a

base for the steel bar track, the track being donated by

Rotherham Engineering Steels. The track was completed in

1997 and rides commenced for the public in that year. The

circuit included a tunnel underneath the access road to the

bottom part of the site. All the construction work was carried

out by the members of the Society. In 1997 the Society

became a Limited Company by Guarantee.

In 1998 the top part of the site, including two brick

buildings, was offered to the Society and accepted. This

coincided with the commencement of a 5 year lease. The

Society is currently coming to the end of a second 5 year

lease and the aim is to negotiate a longer lease if possible.

The two buildings were converted to a workshop, fitted out

with machine tools, and a club house which includes a toilet

block. A number of containers were obtained, one being

used as another workshop the others used for storage.

Twenty sections of portable track were constructed for use at

outside events, initially at Elsecar Heritage Centre.

Initially the Society did not own its own locomotive and had

to rely on Peter Farrar’s 5” gauge LNER B1 and his 7.25”

gauge Homeside, together with the occasional use of other

members locomotives. Subsequently the Society were able to

construct its 7.25” gauge Wren “Victoria Rose”. A set of five

coaches were constructed for use on the multi-gauge raised

track.

The running of the Society is controlled by a committee of

eight, this includes a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. The

Chairman, Treasurer and one other member of the

committee act as Directors/Trustees of the Company.

Rotherham & District Model Engineers Society Webmaster:- Ken Staniforth

Inside the Clubhouse

Pete Farrar’s B1 leaving the tunnel

Pete Farrar’s Homeside in steam

How to find us: We can be found down a track off the end of Park Grove, Rawmarsh, S62 7JS
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