Wigan and District Model Engineering Society was founded in 1937 to foster and encourage the hobby of Model Engineering in and around the Wigan area. Fundamentally providing forums and facilitating the meeting of like minded people to provide encouragement, support and mutual cooperation between interested parties.

Whilst all forms of models are supported within the society, a large proportion of interest is in model steam locomotives – predominantly 3.5″ and 5″ scale. In order to facilitate live running of the model locomotives an above ground track of approx 530 metres (0.33 mile) is provided at the Haigh Hall Country park in Wigan. Full details of the track, location, use and facilities are detailed on the ‘Track Information’ page. Wednesday and Sunday are our normal track days where we meet up at our track – weather conditions permitting. In addition to trains our current members are involved with making clocks, stationary engines, steam wagons, artillery pieces workshop tooling and myriad of other small engineering articles.

Monthly society meetings to discuss and debate model engineering topics and presentations from various local and national speakers are held on the last Tuesday of every month at St Mary’s Parish Centre, Standishgate, Wigan, WN1 1XL – 19:30pm start for discussions, lectures and presentations (from both members and guest speakers) and film shows.

We have a membership of approximately 80, though new members are always welcome. Further details including membership forms are detailed on our Membership page.