Also known as the 'SADMEN'

(Somerset And Dorset Model Engineering Newcomers)

 We are a small group of (mainly) members of the

Gauge 1 Model Railway Association & Gauge 3 Model Railway Association

We have interest in all aspects of the model railway world but we particularly like the making and running of both live steam and electric locomotives in 'Gauge 1' and 'Gauge 3'.  We meet together mainly on Thursday mornings at various members houses and during the summer months we have Saturday meetings as announced.  If you would like to know more, please phone Cliff on 01702 217422 Monday to Saturday 9 am to 7pm.

These pages will normally be updated at the beginning of January, April, July and October, so if you would like to be on this list, let me know your available dates.

Dates for the Diary - Winter 2017

Anyone wanting dates for the next quarter, beginning of January to end of March, April to June, July to September or October to December respectively. Please supply dates at least 1 week before the quarter, thanks.

 What's on
24th August
Derek Wybrow's at Bicknacre, call for details 01245 222829
10.15 start
Live Steam & Battery Electric
31st August

Cliff's S&DJR - Outside Mainline & Branch Line track only. Hoghton Bridge closed unless it chucks it down. Lunch available £4 - order by midday

10.00 to 15.00

Tea & cake £1

Live Steam & Battery Electric
7th September
14th September
21st September
28th September
5th October

THE WA:LK has been re-arranged - A day out on the old Sprat & Winkle Line. Don't Miss This!! Visiting various places along the Kelvedon to Tollesbury Line. Lunch at Tiptree Jam Factory.

10.00 to 17.30
12th October
Keep free in case of bad weather for the walk the previous week.
19th October
26th October

Cliff's S&DJR - Outside Mainline & Branch Line track only. Hoghton Bridge closed unless it chucks it down. Lunch available £4 - order by midday

10.00 to 15.00

Tea & cake £1

Live Steam & Battery Electric
2nd November
9th November
16th November
23rd November

Cliff's S&DJR - Outside Mainline & Branch Line track only. Hoghton Bridge closed unless it chucks it down. Lunch available £4 - order by midday

10.00 to 15.00

Tea & cake £1

Live Steam & Battery Electric
30th November
7th December
14th December
21st December
28th December
Saturday30th December

Cliff's S&DJR WINTER WARM UP- Hoghton Bridge only. Evening food available.

14.00 till late? Tea & cake £1 Live Steam (gas) & Battery Electric
4th January      
11th January      
18th January      
25th January

Cliff's - Hoghton Bridge G1 indoor layout. Lunch available - order by midday.

10.00 to 15.00

Tea & cake £1

Live Steam (gas only) & Battery Electric
1st February      
8th February      
15th February      
22nd February      
1st March      
8th March      
15th March      
22nd March      
29th March      


 The Gauge 3 Society 2018 Annual Show and AGM will be held on Saturday 10th March at Parkside Community Hall, Woburn Street, Ampthill, Beds. MK45 2HX

Dates already taken for next quarter:-

Open Day 2017
Julie organising the lunch list
David Eveley's 2mm scale layout makes an appearance at the Open Day
Tim operates the new 'Kelvedon Low Level' layout
With Diane keeping an eye on things
The veranda coach awaits departure from Kelvedon
'Alice' comes off shed and awaits a test run
Some important people waiting for the first train of the day
Now this is an interesting loco!
And yours truly receives his shield from Ted from the Gauge 3 Society
Everyone sings HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Eric on his 81st birthday - Fish & Chips - nice sunshine - friendly company - and running trains - what could be nicer. Happy Days!
Tiptree and Mangapps in operation
David Sanders watches his new loco
Bob sits down for a well earned rest
Reading Show 2017
Reading Show 2017
1st Outing for the new Gauge 3 layout - Kelvedon Low Level
Reading Show 2017
Julie looks on in amusement or is it wonder?
Reading Show 2017
reading Show 2017
J67 waits at the little engine shed
"Like Father - Like Son" Eric & David contemplating.
Reading Show 2017

Pictures thanks to Ted Sadler - Gauge 3 member


Christmas Meal - 2016
Well we had so many this year that we had to go on 2 tables, the well behaved on the left and the rebels on the right!
Paul lets the well behaved table down by indulging in a plate of chips for starters & curry sauce, and in front of Geraldine! That's the diet gone!
The rebel table light up a Duchess with fairy lights
open day 2015

Eric concentrates as he negotiates the bank with his 4F
On a lovely sunny Spring afternoon a Passenger Train hauled by Black 5, 45440 has just passed bridge 79 on the Somerset & Dorset Main Line heading up to Bath Green Park Station

CHRISTMAS MEAL 2012 - 17 for the meal this year with the longest table track to date

Bob wins with his kit built G3 Manning Wardle with Tim Breeze a close second with the G3 selection of loco's

Seems that G3 is taking over!!

Some pictures from the SADMEN's 2012 Open day
A Short Video of the Open Day:-
The difference between 2 J69's, Gauge 1 & Gauge 3
Setting up for the open day

2010 - 11 Christmas Meal

Gordon wins first prize for the Control System, with Bob a close second with the G3 Ventilated Van

John Killen has done a nice job of spring compensation on this 6 wheel coach

A 4F with a short goods, with the last of Jem's scratch building seen on the back, an S&DJR brake van
Alan's new Southern Pacific thunders past
A 2P & 7F are waiting on the sharp curve at Evercreech Junction.
A Barrett Engineering 9F "Evening Star" waits in the cool down road at West Pennard sidings

John looks on at Clive to see what will happen to his "FIRE BOMB",  Others look in amazement.

What cartoon caption would you say? 

What we need John, is not more loco's - but more Bothies

A scene of devastation as the main line at Evercreech Junction is removed

Sadly most of the wooden track has now gone, to be replaced with gauge widened plastic.  Much less maintenance!!!

The linesmen have also been at work at Winsor Hill (yes that is the correct spelling!)
Bob's Terminus in "Gauge 3"


That's it for now folks!