David Boyde – An Appreciation

David Boyde

David Boyde 1940 – 2016 By Dick Billington During his working life David was heavily involved in the Oil Industry and amongst his many pursuits he obtained his Private Pilot’s and Instructor’s Licence; he also had a deep love of steam locomotives. This unrequited love for steam meant that shortly after he retired David joined…

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Santa Specials 2016

Report by Tony Bullock Saturday 3rd, December 2016 dawned bright and clear and the crew at Summerfields Miniature Railway were up early and made their way to Haynes to prepare for the weekend Santa Specials. By the time the first families arrived to book in four locomotives were in steam and coupled up to their…

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Summerfields Miniature Railway Hosts MENCAP Playscheme

B.M.E.S. recently welcomed the children and their helpers from the Bedford MENCAP Playscheme for two days of riding on our railway. The scheme runs for three weeks at the beginning of the summer holiday period and provides an opportunity for children and young people with learning disabilities to take part in fun activities and trips. The…

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BMES Visitor Rally Weekend 2016

2016 Visitor steam rally

Annual Summerfield’s Visitor’s Rally The Bedford Model Engineering Society is holding its Annual Visitors Rally at the Summerfield’s Miniature Railways, to be held over the weekend of Friday, 2nd to Sunday, 4th September. Again we extend a cordial invitation to fellow model enthusiasts from other clubs to join us for a weekend of miniature railway…

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B.M.E.S. and The Summerfields’ Railways Featured in a New Book

Miniatire Railway Book

By Brian Walton Our society and the railways that we operate have been dedicated a chapter (#3) in a new book from local author  Murray Eckett. The following description is taken from publicity material and is also found on the rear cover of the volume: Apart from the collective mixture of main railway lines that…

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May Bank Holiday

Model railway rides near Hertfordshire

By Tony Bullock Sunday 1st, May dawned bright and club members assembled to prepare for a day of running trains for the public. A queue of happy families were soon awaiting the first train whilst steam was being raised. All was ready to go and the first train departed at 10:30am. With four locos in…

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A Lifelong Love of Steam

Bedford Trains in the 1950s

By early days BMES member, Trevor Barber My early days were in Kings Place, Bedford, just across the road from the Bedford Hitchin Line and all the sidings and junctions. My grandfather was chief Ganger on the Bedford Hitchin track which entailed a lot of weekend maintenance on the line. My earliest memories go back…

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Summerfield Miniature Railway 2016 season begins

Report by Tony Bullock Easter Sunday saw the opening of the railway for the 2016 season. The day dawned fairly bright but breezy and several families arrived promptly for the first train in spite of losing an hour’s sleep as the clocks went forward. With four locos in steam and two non-steam available all boded…

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Derek Preedy obituary

Derek Preedy obituary

Derek, who died on 27th, February, was an active member of BMES. He joined after he semi-retired from the family firm, Preedy Glass of London, where he had worked from the age of fifteen. With a lifelong love of steam railways he was able to indulge this passion in miniature with the club. Whatever the…

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Bring And Buy Club Night

Bring and buy banner

Report by Richard Shepherd Monday evening (8th, February) was a Bring & Buy and Engineering quiz at the clubhouse and what a great evening it was. There were five tables of ‘Stuff’ for sale and not one item of tat in sight but several bargains were there to be had. How about a stationary steam engine…

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