St.Albans and District Model Engineering Society

2019 Calendar



2019 Calendar

Club Nights and Outside Events

Club nights are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Christchurch Centre, High Oaks, St Albans, AL3 6DJ and start at 7.30pm. Non-members are always welcome and refreshments are served. An entry charge of £3 is made to cover hall costs etc.

Chipperfield Track (Puffing Park) Running Sessions.

There are normally two Club running sessions each calendar month at the Puffing Park . They are at 10:00am on the first Sunday after club nights and again at 1.00pm on the Wednesday two weeks after Club nights. Club night dates are listed below, so to check availability attend the Club night, or check with Roger Stephen by phone or email, or join his regular Puffing Park e-mail list. To reduce the risk of getting stuck you are advised to check ground conditions carefully before driving beyond the entrance gates.

Club Night location details can be found in the Join section.

2019 Calendar


9th January 2019 Club Night    Vintage Films from Frank Banfield

18th - 20th Jan  2019  London Model Engineering Exhibition at Alexandra Palace

13th Feb   -  Club Night -  Ant and Mike
Pritchard from Tamiya Trucks will talk about, and demonstrate Tamiya trucks.

13th March  -   Club Night   -  Club Auction,    Peter Haycock

10th April    -   Club Night  -  AGM & Work in progress,   Membership

1st May   -  Club outing to Whitewebbs Museum of Transport, Enfield.  CANCELLED...TO BE RESCHEDULED.

8th May  -  Club Night - The 2003 Moscow air show and factories which overhaul vintage Russian aircraft.    Chris Scivyer

12th June  -  Club Night  -  The story of canal boat President No 195 from construction in 1909, to scrap heap and to back to restoration - Richard Thomas.  We will also be celebrating Guy Ellerby's 100th Birthday!    Cake provided.

23rd June  -  Club outing to Crich National Tramway Museum - Places still available, Contact Mike Grossmith for booking details. Click HERE to find out more.

26th June  -  Club outing to The Postal Museum, Mount Pleasant, London. Places still available.

10th July   -  Club Night - 5.00pm -  A summer’s evening at the Puffing Park to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its opening. Tea, coffee and snacks provided by the club. 

21st July  -  Club Boating Regatta at Verulamium Park from 10am  -  EVENT CANCELLED

11th August  -  Puffing Park BBQ , from 11am.

14th August  - Club Night - 'The Belles of Belfast' - An illustrated talk by Rudi Newman

26th August  -  Verulamium Park Club Show - support required

11th September  -  Club Night - Malcolm Beak and his steam engines & other club matters.

28th & 29th September  -  Club Exhibition - support required

9th October  -  Club Night - Vintage Films.  Frank Banfield 

13th October - 10:00  Puffing Park

23rd October - 10:00 Puffing Park

13th November  -  Club Night.  EGM followed by Tony Mason with a talk entitled: Be inspired! Some fresh ideas for your new model railway. Film and Photographs from past and present. We will also have some presentations to club members!

17th November - 10:00  Puffing Park

27th November - 10:00  Puffing Park

11th December   -  Club Night. An informal talk and Q&A from Nick Hale about his model steam plant followed by 'a boat that didn’t float' by Roy Verden. Hot sausage rolls, cake and other refreshments available.  Bring in your models to show others.


19th February  -  Another look at Handley Page and Radlett Aerodrome a talk by  Chris Scriver.   Park Street Village Hall @ 8.15 pm.   Contact Jacqui Banfield-Taylor 07792 588892

23rd - 24th March  -  London Festival of Railway Modelling.    Alexandra Palace 

11th May  -  Brambleton Model Railway Club, Open Day. Click HERE for more details. Support required for STALBANSMES stand.

1st & 2nd June  -  Oaklands Steam Rally, St.Albans.  Click HERE for more details.   Support required for STALBANSMES stand.

7th September  -  Brambleton Model Railway Club, Open Day - Click HERE for more details.          Our club will be represented again as the recent Brambleton open day on the 11th May was so successful - Anyone interested in helping out please contact a committee member. 

14th September 2019 - Smallford Station & Alban Way Heritage SocietyHeritage Open Day 

For more information go to:

17th - 20th October - Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition, Warwickshire Event Centre

9th & 10th November - International Model Boat Show, Warwickshire Event Centre

11th & 12th January 2020 - Chiltern Model Railway Exhibition, Stevenage

17th & 19th January 2020 - London Model Engineering Exhibition, Alexandra Palace

18th January - Brambleton Model Railway Club Exhibition. Harpenden Public Halls. Click HERE for details.

26th September 2019 - 13th April 2020 - Brass, Steel and Fire Exhibition, National Railway Museum, York.