Visitors can take a ride around the longest loop of our ground level railway, through mature woodland, sunny glades, several bridges and a tunnel. We hope to have at least 6 trains running, so roughly every few minutes another will arrive at the station. Locomotives will be a mixture of steam and petrol/battery powered locos. The rides will take approximately 15 minutes and the total time you should allow to complete the journey (including getting on and off the trains) is around 30 minutes.
Additionally, the garden railway (think of the sort of live steam one might expect to see at a hobbies exhibition) will have trains running to provide entertainment for everyone as you wait for rides. Also available to see working will be stationary engines on tabletops and traction engines together with steam locos running on our raised track!
The railway is situated at the entrance of the event site. There is limited parking available or you can park at the main site (Demolition Field) and walk to the track (approx. 400m uphill). If you have children, there will be a treasure hunt along the way to keep them busy! Treasure hunt maps are available at the main information/ registration desk.
The Andover & District Model Engineering Society was formed in 1945. After many years in our previous home of Red Rice near Andover and after a long search we found the present site in Upping Copse, near the village of Wherwell, where we have been since 2008. The site is situated in mature woodland which was used during World War II.
We have since added a variety of miniature railway tracks: a ground level track which is 2km in length, a 400m raised level track and finally we also have raised garden railway tracks of gauge 1/45mm and coarse 0/SM32. The club also has a model boating lake and provision for traction engines.
Our facilities are for the benefit of members only and we are not normally open for public running.