Leyland Society of Model Engineers


It's nearly Spring?


In spite of the foul weather that we have had lately, the snowdrops have come out!


The AGM went well. Officers and subscriptions remain as last year.

Links Page

I have been through the links and removed defunct ones. There is some good stuff on there, if you want to while away an hour Click Here and have a look!

Next Event:

Sunday 22nd April National 3½" Gauge Rally ˜ Bacon Butties 12.00 - 14.00

2018 Programme

2018 programme now on line please click here

Harry Busby


Harry, our oldest member at 94, passed away on the 12th of October. He had been unwell for some time but still managed to attend some of our meetings. We send our condolences to his Family and friends.

Arnold Staples

It is with great sadness we announce the death of Arnold on the 31st of July after a short illness. Arnold and his son John and grandson Shaun have been regulars at the Club since they joined in 2005. We extend our deepest sympathy to Mary and his family.

Alan P Bibby


Alan and Uncle Remus at Comrie

It is with great regret that we announce Alan’s death on 28th of July.

Alan started his engineering career as an apprentice at Leyland Motors, who spotting his potential, sent him to Durham university to read Mechanical Engineering. He was to spend most of his working life with the company.

Like most engineers Alan was multi-talented and when he married Barbara they needed a house. They bought a run down property which Alan refurbished, doing all the work himself. Naturally he built in a workshop!

His first foray into model engineering resulted in a bronze medal winning one and a half inch scale Allchin traction engine. He was an active member of the Old Locomotive Committee and the five inch gauge Lion he built was often seen racing around the track at Leyland SME where he was an active member, being the publicity officer and Northern Association representative. He later completed two more Lions, which had been started by other people, one in five inch and another in three and a half inch gauge. The purchase of a part completed three and a half inch gauge Hunslet became “Charles”, still owned by a Leyland member.

He was active in the Northern Association, producing their Newsletter and website but always fighting to keep bureaucracy in hand.

He joined the seven and a quarter world after having his arm twisted at a Leyland “Surplus Equipment” sale into buying a pile of supposedly Romulus bits which with his usual skill he turned into “Uncle Remus” the famous yellow loco. This became a well known sight at tracks up and down the country.

Truly a model engineer’s model engineer Alan will be sorely missed by all his friends and acquaintances. It was a privilege to have known him and to have shared outings with him and his locos.

We extend our sincere condolences to his wife Barbara, his children Chris and Louise and their families.


Due to circumstances beyond our control the Facebook page is no longer available.

Progress at the Park

Big Diesel

The W&W diesel is now in full operation.



Work on variuos projects continues.... The canopy on the club house and the new coal store are now complete. This winter has seen a bad "Mole Attack" on the ground level. Several lengths will need lifting/relaying and ballast washing.

Work is continuing on the workshop and new tractor shed.

2018 Programme

Click here.

Seven and a Quarter Unloading

After the difficulties at the open weekend the unloading facilities have been being re-organised. The area in front of the ramps has been block paved making moving trailers much easier..

Club House

After eight months of hard work the new club house was opened by our oldest member Harry Busby assisted by the deputy Mayor and Mayoress.


Raised Track Couplings

We have now fitted all the raised track trucks with captive screws so that all you need is a suitable bar to connect your loco. Click Here for a printable PDF version of the drawing, but don't bother with the screws.

Southport MEC

The Southport club has a new website with a new address. Click here

Pembrokeshire Model Engineers

Two of us from Leyland SME were recently on holiday in West Wales where we paid a visit to the Pembrokeshire Club based at Milford Haven. We were very warmly received. They have an extensive raised track and are always pleased to see visitors.

Secretary's email

Our secretary, Mark Entwhistle has a new email for club business: secretary dot lsme @ yahoo dot com.

Website News

Thanks to info from Lee, Big Dave and Stan there is a new page  with a site plan and also a gradient profile of the new raised track.

As you can see I have made some changes to the layout, I hope you like them!

I would welcome material for the site from members. This is after all the club's site, not mine. I would like pictures to be a sensible size (1024x768 pixels or similar). Irfanview (Windows) can reprocess your pictures quickly and easily. Any text should be plain text not Word or Pages files. (Use "save as" and select .txt). I look forward to some interesting stuff!

Webmaster. Contact via info dot lsme dot co dot uk.

Don't forget the updated the Picture Galleries. There are now two:

New Locos

There is now a new page with pictures of recently completed locos.

New Club Websites

Anson Engine Museum

Mike Taylor recommends a visit to this museum near Poyton. See their website for details.

New Web Server

Welcome to the Leyland SME hosted by "Heart Internet"

This is accessible to the Webmaster by broadband, so updating the site will be much easier.

Please bookmark the new url http://www.leylandsme.co.uk and delete the old sarno.freeserve.co.uk/leyland, which www.leylandsme used to point to.

web hosting

New raised track trucks

All the trucks are now painted in our corporate red and cream livery apart from three in brown and cream for the Great Western enthusiasts and are proving very successful, being easy to pull and comfortable and stable to ride on.

The trucks have an unusual coupling arrangement and whilst we have a stock of adaptors, including Geoff/Adrian's design of "buffer beam and hook" for those with scale couplings, it is recommended that you construct your own bar to suit your own loco. Here is the drawing:


If that is not very clear Click Here for a printable PDF version of the drawing.

National Lottery Funding

Awards for all The good news is that, thanks to the sterling efforts of our President, we have received a substantial grant from the National Lottery's "Awards for All" scheme. This has funded a special riding car for disabled passengers (scroll down for picture) and we have also built some extra general purpose riding cars for the increasing traffic that we now carry.

Update: The disabled truck now has a fully operational braking system and is proving a big success with wheelchair bound visitors.

Recently, active Leyland member Les Hurst has been confined to a wheel chair and has had to ride in the new disabled truck, pulled by his diesel "Sidewinder"


Les gets "loaded"

Contact Details.

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Page last updated: 11/2/2018.