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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 25-Jan-2016.

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 6500 for the Sheffield Childrens' Hospital Charity.
Our 2015 fund raising event was on Sunday 16th August when 2,893 was raised.

A LOCAL MINIATURE RAILWAY PIONEER

On the right 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.

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

A scene from the summer of 2014.

 

 

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 3rd July 2016. If you are interested in joining our society please ask to speak to a Committee member on one of our public running days.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 the Rail Riding Rules at the Ticket Office before boarding the trains.

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. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage. 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 or for charitable donation.

ORGANISING A BIRTHDAY PARTY? - PLEASE NOTE 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.

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).