½The Andover & District Model Engineering Society was formed on Thursday 1st November 1945 with 28 members. With the aims ‘to encourage making of models and miniatures in any material available and to bring together those interested in models, and to aid in their construction by the promotion of mutual assistance amongst its members and hopefully provide space and facilities for meetings’. Annual subs in 1945 were £1.1.0 plus entrance fee of 2/6d.
After many years in our previous home of Redrice near Andover and after a long search we found the present site near the the village of Wherwell where we have been since 2008. The site is situated in a wood which was used as a munitions storage depot during World War II and has a number of Nissen huts. We have refurbished one of these huts as a club house with a kitchen and a small store/workshop with a separate original Nissen hut as the main workshop.
We have since added the following miniature railway tracks, a ground level 5″ & 7¼” dual gauge track of 1289ft/393m and 5481ft/1691m ground level 7¼”gauge extension track, this was followed later by 260m (850ft) raised 5” 3½” & 2½” gauge track. Finally we also have raised garden railway tracks of gauge 1/45mm and coarse 0/SM32.
The club also has a model boating lake.
The Society has a membership that is currently around 90 with ages from 10 to 80 we meet on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.
Please Note:- Our running regulations state that all steam locomotives of any gauge, will require a current Federation Boiler Test Certificate to be available for inspection, prior to any run.