FAQs

Q: Who are we?

A: We are a collection of like-minded individuals interested in promoting, participating in and enjoying the hobby of miniature engineering.

Q: What interests do we cater for?

A: Many of our members build and operate miniature traction engines, miniature railway engines, with steam, or electric or petrol/hydraulic power. Some members are interested in radio control of miniature machines, some are interested in boats. We have clock makers, photographers and members with no specialist skills but with a willingness to be involved and help out.

Q: Do I need to be an engineer?

A: Many members are engineers with their own workshops but members come from many different trades and backgrounds.

There is a wealth of experience within the club and all are very willing to help anyone with a problem.

Non-engineers have built and run their own projects, some from kits such as those supplied by Polly Model Engineering

Here you can read what someone, with very little engineering experience, has written about building a loco from a kit.

 Q: Do I need to build my own?

A: No, some members have bought locos to run on the club tracks, or traction engines.  Not everybody has the time, skills, equipment or the inclination to build their own.

A supplier in Lincolnshire of ready to run locomotives and traction engines and part completed projects can be found at stationroadsteam.

 Q: Do I need to build anything?

A: Only if you want to. The club is a good source of information and advice.

 Q: Does it have to be steam?

A: Model engineering is a very broad subject. Members build electric locos, diesel outline electrics, stationary engines, different types of tooling, etc.

Q: Do I need insurance?

A: If you wish to run a locomotive on our track or operate a traction engine on the field you will need to provide confirmation of 3rd party and public liability insurance.

Q: I am interested in joining but have no experience of model engineering or miniature railways. Would there be any way I could usefully contribute.

A: No specific skills are needed. There are often insufficient members to fill all of the jobs that need to be done to successfully operate on running days. You could end up controlling operations from the signal box, manning a level crossing or driving the club locomotive. Don’t worry. Very professional training will be provided.

Q: Must I live locally?

A: Many members live in Lincolnshire or Nottinghamshire. However we also have members who live in other counties; some quite a long way away.

Q: How do I join

A: Click on the link to the secretary on the contact page and send us an email with your name and contact details. Somebody will contact you and supply you with further information and an application form.

 Q: Can children join?

A: Yes. We have junior membership.