Bedford MES Gala 2019

The Bedford Model Engineering Society are once again holding their Annual Gala at the Summerfields Miniature Railways at Haynes in Bedfordshire. This year’s event will be held over the weekend of Friday 30th August to Sunday – 1st September 2019. As always we extend a cordial invitation to fellow enthusiasts from other clubs to join…

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Keech Charity Day

By Tony Bullock After a busy start to our public running season with two Bank Holiday weekends it was now the Spring Bank Holiday. Once again all train fares on Monday were being donated to the Keech Hospice. Keech set up a display of their work in the clubhouse and a stand outside running a…

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Bertie’s Story

Hello I’m Bertie I have just arrived at the Summerfield Miniature Railways. The locomotive I am based upon is an ALCO S4 Diesel Electric Switcher (ALCO = American Locomotive Company). These engines were built from 1940 to 1957. So, what is a Switcher? Well, that is the American name for a shunting engine, one that…

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2019 Season Begins

2019 Miniature Railway Season begins. By Tony Bullock Our railways opened on 31st. March on a cool but bright day for the first open day of 2019. In spite of losing an hour of sleep after changing the clocks people were starting to gather at the Ticket Office around 10:15. The BMES team also made…

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Santa Specials 2018

Santa Special 2018

By Tony Bullock 850 People Visited The Grotto! We are pleased that Santa visited our railway on 3 days this year to welcome some 180 families (850 people) to celebrate Christmas with us. Our trains left Haynes End with a blast of whistles and clouds of steam heading to the Grotto at Winterfields for children…

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BMES Gala Weekend

BMES Gala Day - Three Locos

BMES Annual Gala The Bedford Model Engineering Society will again be hosting an Annual Gala at the Summerfields Miniature Railways. This year’s event will be held over the weekend of Friday 31st August to Sunday 2nd September. The Society extends a cordial invitation to fellow enthusiasts from other clubs to join us for a weekend…

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Summerfields Railway Charity Day

Cheque for the Keech Hospice

Summerfields Railway Charity Day By Tony Bullock Bank Holiday Monday, 28th May 2018 dawned bright and clear as club members prepared the locomotives, rolling stock and facilities for the Charity Day in aid of Keech Hospice Care. Keech erected a gazebo womanned by them with a tombola table and information about the charity. People began…

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Keech Hospice Day – 2018

Special Running In Aid of The Keech Special Running In Aid of The Keech. On Monday 28th May we will again be running our railways in support of the Keech Children’s Hospice, and we will be joined on site by representatives from the hospice. The day will offer all of our normal attractions, and if we…

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2018 – A Very Wet Start

By Tony Bullock The 2018 public running season of our railways opened at Easter with all lines operating. This year the weather was being uncooperative with it cool and cloudy on Easter Sunday and cool and very damp on Monday. After the overnight rain, staff arrived early on the Monday to find a torrent running…

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Santa Specials 2017

Visit with Father Christmas

By Tony Bullock Santa Specials 2017 Our Santa Specials this year proved popular and were fully booked by mid-October. The weather was kind to us and it was probably the warmest Santa Weekend we have experienced. A week later and the whole railway was under large quantities of snow so we got this right as…

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