November 11, 2014

About Us

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Metalworking skills:

The Society provides facilities and training where needed to enable members to become competent in the skills of machine turning and milling of metal and engineering materials, the use of hand tools, fitting, brazing, soldering and welding, pattern making and casting, and interpretation of engineering drawings. The society operates its own workshop and owns several machine tools including lathes, a milling machine, pillar drills and other power tools.  These are available for the use of all members.

Model & Prototype Construction:

Many members are interested in the construction and operation of passenger hauling coal fired ‘live steam’ models such as miniature locomotives and traction engines. This includes all aspects of construction such as framework, boiler making, cylinders and valve gear, wheels and axles etc.


Other interests include:

  • The construction of experimental engines such as hot air or Stirling cycle engines and miniature gas turbines.




Yet other members are interested in clock making.  There is virtually no limit to the subject that can be modelled.

  • Some members are interested in the construction and operation of steam powered launches and boats as popular in the Edwardian era.  Such vessels are gaining in popularity due to their near silent operation and lack of pollution to waterways compared to internal combustion engines. These are not strictly scale models but full-size boats capable of carrying several passengers.

Miniature Railway Track:

The Society is in the process of relocating its track from the grounds of a Private House near Edinburgh to Almondell.  Once completed this will once again give members the opportunity to run their model locomotives and haul passengers.  The track totals over half a mile in length and can accommodate the three standard gauges used across most of the world, these being 3.5″, 5″ and 7.25″ gauge.  The Society owns a locomotive that enable members without their own to learn the skills of operating a real ‘live steam’ locomotive.

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Engineering Knowledge:

The Society organises a regular programme of lectures, video events and site visits to develop the knowledge and skills of members.  The Society attends local and national exhibitions displaying the work of members.  Exhibitions have included the SRPS at Bo’ness and the national Model Engineering Exhibition at Harrogate.


Portable Track:

The Society also has a portable railway track that attends local gala days and charity events where rides are given to members of the public behind miniature “live-steam” locomotives.



The Society is a charity registered in Scotland (SC041019).  An elected committee are the charity trustees and govern the society.  The Society is also structured as a limited company (SC095071) and carries full insurance against all risks.  The elected committee are also directors of the limited company.