About the Society
Formed in 1979, the society was first established at a site within the old Steamtown complex. Here we built up a clubhouse and an extensive ground level miniature railway on which to operate the locomotives and rolling stock constructed by our members.
In 1996, after Steamtown closed to the public the year before, we moved to our present location at Cinderbarrow picnic site, just off the A6, a few miles north of Carnforth at Yealand Redmayne.
Since then, with much ingenuity and great effort, the society has emerged stronger than ever with more than seventy members (room for more!) whose interests cover all aspects of engineering in miniature from quarter size steam traction engines to clocks, military vehicles to civilian boats, motor vehicles to barn engines, among others. Our major focus being – the Cinderbarrow Miniature Railway.
Our ground-level ‘ride-on’ track can accommodate models in 3 1/2″, 5″ and 7 1/4″ gauges. The landscaped circuit at the picnic area and our substantial clubhouse have all been constructed with our own resources and with the help of the donations of the many people who have enjoyed a ride on our trains.
The society is funded entirely by donations and members’ subscriptions and in 2018 the society became a registered charity. Our members take great pleasure in giving enjoyment to our many visitors both young and old and we rely on them to keep the railway running.
If you have not yet visited us, you really ought to do so soon!
History of Lancaster and Morecambe Engineering Society
Picture It all began in November 1979 when a gentleman called Karl Latimer put up posters around the local area inviting like-minded people, interested in model engineering, to attend a meeting in Poulton. Approximately 20 people turned up and decided to form Lancaster & Morecambe Model Engineering Society For three years the founder members met monthly and had exhibitions of their models.
In 1982, the Society was offered the use of a field at Steamtown in Carnforth. Where they built a ground level miniature railway using mostly scrap metal scavenged from around the site. The Society was then able to erect a wooden clubhouse, which was made from the dismantled pre-fabricated office that the owner of Steamtown (Bill McAlpine) had previously used. The track opened in 1985 on which the Society members could operate their own locomotives and rolling stock, allowing visitors of Steamtown the opportunity to enjoy this added attraction. In 1995, Steamtown closed to the public when the ownership was changed and the Society was forced to abandon their site.
After many months of searching for a suitable alternative location we moved to our present location at Cinderbarrow alongside the picnic site in 1996. The site used to be a quarry and was used by the local Council for tipping; tarmac, broken paving stones, kerbstones, stone, road chippings and so on. To get the site to the condition it is now took ingenuity and great effort from about 20 of the members. They set to with picks and shovels in all kinds of weather to prepare the ground ready to lay the track. One member lent the Society a dumper truck, an ancient and temperamental tractor with a bucket on the front was purchased to move materials and manoeuvre two second hand storage containers for tools and equipment. We had to bring water and electricity to the site, laying several hundred yards of underground pipes.
For many months during the site’s development the clubhouse was a converted chicken hut – basic but cosy. The track took 4,000 sleepers and 10,000 feet of rail to complete it. This involved an excessive amount of cutting, slotting and welding. Members also constructed; stone walls, a station area, signal box & signalling system, fences, passenger trucks and the carriage shed, to name but a few. The clubhouse shell is the only part of the site that has not been engineered by Society members! After three years, in 1999, Cinderbarrow Miniature Railway was ready and opened to the public on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, from Easter to the end of September. Providing in excess of 12,000 trains rides over the first six months.
The society has emerged stronger than ever with more than eighty members interested in building all manner of models, such as; steam & electric locomotives, stationary barn engines, clocks, radio controlled steam boats and sailing yachts, tanks, traction engines, motor engines and scale railway wagons and carriages. Lancaster and Morecambe Model Engineering Society is a reflection of dedication shown by members past and present.
The Move from Steamtown to Cinderbarrow
This page is available for members to advertise items for sale. Please contact the editor if you have an item to sell.
Bagnall 3” scale 7¼" gauge Loco and Driving TruckBuilt in 2001 by Paul Frank fitted with copper boiler which has hydraulic till 14 November 2021; the next steam test is due on 26 April 2020. Fitted with vacuum brakes, two injectors, and an ejector for vacuum. Included in the sale are the test fittings for doing a hydraulic test, a trolley to move it round the workshop.
Driving truck is fitted with coal bunker, water tank and tool box compartment.
0792 6489 787
7¼" Steam Loco "Bridget"
The locomotive, which is being sold by the Lancaster & Morecambe Model Engineering Society, is a 7¼" gauge locomotive of the Bridget design and is very well constructed but it has not been painted and has hardly run. It is available for inspection at our Cinderbarrow site, near Carnforth. Please contact the secretary (details below) to arrange an appointment. It will be sold with full hydraulic and steam test certificates.
The loco is offered for sale by sealed bids sent to the Secretary, to arrive not later than Friday the 20th September. The sealed bids will be opened at the Committee Meeting on Monday the 23rd September.
An undisclosed reserve price has been set and the LMMES Committee would like the Club to have first refusal to buy back the loco if it is offered for resale within three years of the original sale.
The sale is open to offers from the public.
22 Naworth Drive, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 0DD
Phone: 0772 102 0489
For Sale, the late Les Markham’s rolling stock and locomotives
1. Insulated meat van
2. Gunpowder van
3. General goods van
4. Private owners wooden bodied coal wagon
5. Plywood bodied meat van
6. Cattle wagon, 3 off
Price: £300 each.
7. General goods van
8. 12T Goods van
9. 12T Open wagon, 3 off
Price: £400 each
10. Class 45 diesel locomotive
‘Peak’ locomotive, numbered D50, as named ‘Kings Shropshire Light Infantry’
The locomotive is complete with batteries (age unknown) and hand-held controller. The batteries were re-charged and the loco moved in forward and reverse.
11. Class 52 Western locomotive
The locomotive is named ‘Western Champion’ (ochre livery?). The loco has been stripped but complete, my understanding is that Les was going to replace the electrics with more modern equipment including sound etc. There is a good possibility that if the loco was rebuilt with the original electrics that it may well run ok. On the whole, a good restoration project.
Note: All items will be ‘sold as seen’.
Contact details:Richard Stoddart
I am not available Monday 9th September to Monday 23rd September 2019.