Leyland Society of Model Engineers


Spring at last!


The cherry blossom is out and the trees are a lovely fresh green.

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 19th of May LNER themed day Refreshments 12.00 - 14.00

2018 Programme

Version 2 of the 2018 programme now on line please click here

In Memoriam

Terry Whitby

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Terry Whitby in December 2017. Terry had joined the club in 2001 and in spite of health issues was often seen at the track. He was a quiet and capable man and we will miss him. We send our condolences to his wife, son, daughter, family and friends

George Topping


George building sleepers.

We must also report the passing of "Little George"on the 1st of April 2018 at the age of 86. George was a regular, both at the meetings and at the track, with his eclectic collection of models in various gauges. He was always keen to encourage younger members and could be found speeding around on the "Ranger" whenever needed. A true gentleman, we will miss his sense of humour and sharp wit. We send our condolences to his sons and their families. Over forty members of the club attended his funeral.


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 is progessing well on the workshop re-organisation and its extension to house the garden machinery , no thanks to the weather!

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: 05/05/2018.