The Worthing and District Society of Model Engineers



Welcome to the website of the Worthing and District Society of Model Engineers. Whether you are an existing member of the Society, someone interested in model engineering or a member of the public looking for information on our next running day for the trains, we hope that you will find this site interesting. 


If you are interested in joining us please call into Field Place on one of our Thursday meeting evenings or on a Wednesday or on some  Saturday mornings. Alternatively you may use our Contact Us page to send an email or download and complete an application form. There is more information on the About us page.


Public Running 2024.


The 50p that we ask for rides has been unchanged since before the start of this century, nearly 25 years ago. Like all of you we have been faced with steep rises in our overheads. Back in the dim and distant past our insurance stood at £800 annually, now it's almost £3,000. The cost of coal has rocketed and its getting more difficult to source. Electricity and water also increase annually and we can probably look forward to a steep increase in our rent to the council when it is reviewed in 2025. These are just some examples of the reasons why we are having to review the modest cost of a ride.


Therefore from the start of the 2024 season on April 14th it will increase to £1 per ride although children under 3 will ride for free. Compared with other similat events we are still one of the cheapest and best ways to spend a Sunday afternoon with family and friends. We have noticed a change in the pattern of visitor times so the plan is to start running at 1:30 and end at 4:30 though if people leave it a bit late we will not turn them away but try to fit them in, let's just see how it goes.


Hopefully the weather will be more seasonable by April 14th and the near continual rain since the start of the year will be over.


Saturday Steam Up


 I'll leave this picture up for another few days until the next Saturday Steam up on the 2nd March as a reminder what can happen to the best of plans.


We anticipate visitors from the Horsham and District Radio Controlled Model Club. Dont wory there won't be any dive bombing, that will be left to our resident Seagulls, this is purely an informal meeting of two clubs with similar but very different outdoor hobbies based on practical emgineering solutions.

(That sounds good, straight out of the sort of the group speak you hear on the BBC news.)


Anyway, weather permiting it gives us a chance to exercise some of our locomotives after the Winter break.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow etc. etc.


After the shower mentioned above we were treated to a rainbow, if you look closely you can just make out a faint second one bove it, so twice the display for free.


Those with Eagle eyes will notice the darker band between the two rainbows, this is Alexander's Band but as far as I am aware it doesn't double up the pot of gold reputed to be at the end(s).


To all our visitors, all payments to us are cash only. We have neither the fascilities to accept cards nor can we afford the costs associated with such transactions. Cash helps us to keep our prices away from the cost of living increases that are rampant at the moment.

Spring 24  Edition of our Newsletter.


Spring has sprung

The Sun has riz

I wonder where the latest edition of the Newsletter is?


That was Plagerism at it's finest and the answer can be found by downloading the latest edition below.


N.B. This online edition has no missing page but should you possess a hard copy that has such an omission then download it from here but keep the offending one for posterity in the hope that its rarity value will increase as the years pass.



Click on the link below to be the proud owner of this edition

News letter Spring 24
issue 165 Spring 24.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [3.2 MB]

 Our Facebook page can be found at by searching for Modelengineersworthing on the facebook site or using the link below. Click on this link to get there


We are in the North West corner of Field |Place, beyond the Tennis Courts. I suggest that you use the first Car Park entrance on the Right after enetering Field Place having gone past the indoor bowling club on your left. Go through to the second part of the car park and from there there's a fairly direct footpath by the bowling greens on your left up to the footbridge access to the club house as ground level access to the track and clubhouse is closed off on public running days. However, there is a buggy park by our entrance and disabled acccess is provided should it be needed.


Our full postal address is

Worthing & District Society of Model Engineers

Field Place



BN13 1NP

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