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WE HAVE A WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE CARRIAGE - DESIGNED AND BUILT BY OUR MEMBERS & FINANCED BY AN  AWARDS FOR ALL LOTTERY GRANT

The Smile Train:
Changing the world one smile at a time - click to find out more

DO YOU NEED A PORTABLE MINIATURE RAILWAY FOR A SPECIAL EVENT?
Our colleagues at Rotherham Model Engineers may be able to help you - please visit

www.rdmes.co.uk

This page was last updated on 31-Mar-2015.

SHEFFIELD & DISTRICT SOCIETY OF MODEL & EXPERIMENTAL ENGINEERS LTD.

We are a thriving, long established model engineering society, and a founder member of the Northern Association of Model Engineers. We are dedicated to promoting our hobby by building and operating steam and other types of powered models; by invention and experimentation; by tool making; by encouraging young people to participate in engineering; by maintaining links with model engineers in the UK and abroad; by furthering wider interest in our hobby with the local community who visit the Abbeydale Miniature Railway; and by supporting local charities. Model engineers and interested guests are always made very welcome. We usually serve refreshments, ice cream and souvenirs when the railway is open to the public, and our premises and toilets are wheelchair accessible. We have a special carriage funded by the Lottery which enables most wheelchair users to ride on the railway. We are completely non-profit making - all receipts are reinvested in developing, maintaining, insuring and running the railway and our clubhouse facilities.

  Our Teddy Bears' Picnics have raised over £3000 for the Sheffield Childrens' Hospital Charity.
Our 2015 fund raising event will be on Sunday 16th August.

Click here to see a video of the Abbeydale Miniature Railway Santa Special in action

A LOCAL MINIATURE RAILWAY PIONEER

On the left is a photo of Guy S. Mitchell, driving his 71/4" gauge live steam loco in 1905 in his garden on Grove Road, Totley Rise - not far from our own Abbeydale Miniature Railway.  Around that time there were three privately owned, pioneering, ride-on garden railways in Sheffield!

Click on the photo for more information about this remarkable man and his railway.

Photo courtesy of Mrs. Julie Malam

 

Get all our local news at Open Dore - the Dore Village website

or the Totley Independent - Totley's website

WE'RE NOT JUST A MINIATURE RAILWAY!

Model engineering encompasses many different areas of interest. Come and see some examples at our FREE Annual Exhibition on Sunday 5th July 2015. If you are interested in joining our society please ask to speak to a Committee member on one of our public running days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABBEYDALE MINIATURE RAILWAY
 A scene from summer 2014.

OUR ENTRANCE IS OPPOSITE 283 ABBEYDALE ROAD SOUTH, SHEFFIELD, S17 3LB - LOOK FOR YELLOW SIGN

TIMETABLE FOR 2015

Open from 1pm to 5pm - weather permitting. Tickets are £1.50 each ride.

March  

Sunday    8th
Sunday  22nd    

April

Sunday   5th  (Easter Sunday)
Monday  6th  (Easter Monday)
Sunday   19th   

May

Sunday     3rd
Monday     4th    (Bank Holiday)
Sunday    24th
Monday   25th  (Bank Holiday)

June 

Sunday     7th
Sunday   21st  

July

Sunday  5th VISITING LOCO  DAY &  FREE ENTRY TO EXHIBITION OF MEMBERS' WORK
Sunday  19th 

 

August

Sunday  2nd
Sunday 16th  Teddy Bear’s Picnic - Fund    Raising for Childrens' Hospital Charity
Sunday 30th
Monday 31st  (Bank Holiday)

September

Sunday  13th
Sunday   27th      

October

Sunday  4th
Sunday 18th  

Sunday  6th  and Sunday  13th December Santa Specials  
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
      Admission to the Santa Specials will be for ticket holders only.
Tickets, price £8 each, will go on sale on public running days at the railway commencing Sunday 30th August until 18th October or until sold out.
Numbers will be limited.
No ticket =
strictly no entry

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE TO PASSENGERS:

Be aware that steam locomotives may emit sparks, ashes and oil which can result in injury or damage to clothing.
Please wear suitable clothing.
Our  locomotives get very hot - so please do not touch them, and of course, keep off the railway tracks!

Please read and understand the Rail Riding Rules at the Ticket Office before boarding the trains.

We aim to have at least one steam engine operating as well as our 'diesels'. We offer clean toilet facilities, including disabled access. A wheelchair accessible carriage is available on request. Printed timetables are available from the ticket office for you to take home. Unused tickets can be used on a later date.

You may park in the field if ground conditions permit - access to the railway's premises by vehicle is strictly limited to disabled badge holders and members of our Society involved in running the railway. The gate will be locked when we leave.

We are a not-for-profit model engineering society, are not council owned or funded, and all our staff are volunteers. All revenue is used to maintain and develop the railway and facilities to provide a reasonably priced family experience.

ORGANISING A BIRTHDAY PARTY? - PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION

We do not charge for birthday parties and do not offer special arrangements, but you are welcome to invite your guests to our railway on a scheduled public running day for your party.

We serve hot and cold beverages, ice cream and other refreshments at very reasonable prices. We expect you to buy tickets for the trains and to buy some of our refreshments in return for this free facility.

Guests' parents must stay with their children at all times and closely supervise them.

Please take all your party litter home with you as we have no refuse collection service from the railway.

There is strictly no access to our premises by vehicles (except for disabled badge holders by prior arrangement).