Monthly meetings for members are held on the first Friday of each month in the Lydiate Room at Baggeridge. Visitors are welcome. The club meetings provide a venue for guest speakers and club members to give talks relevant to our hobby. In additions we have a hilarious annual “bring and buy” sale and entertaining quiz evenings. Club business is regularly shared amongst the membership by the committee.
In 1997 the Society, with the approval of the South Staffordshire County Council, began to establish a miniature railway with steam, electric and diesel engines in the Baggeridge Country Park. The railway has since then been substantially extended and forms an attractive facility not only for the use of Society members, but also to provide rides for children and passengers of all ages. Trains on the ground level track are operated for public passengers at scheduled times. The track is ideally located adjacent to the children’s play area. It is possible to book the railway for up to 2 hours providing rides for a children’s party group, contact to be via the Secretary .
Members of the Society are usually on site on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the year in order to carry out maintenance and development work on the track and rolling stock. Members of the public who might be interested in the activities of the Society are welcome to contact us in the Park on those days or attend a club meeting. The club has comprehensive workshop facilities at Baggeridge for the use of members. For metalworking there are machine tools (lathe, mill, shaper, bandsaw, grinder, welder etc) and we have some woodworking machinery.
At Baggeridge we have 1400 feet of ground level 7¼ and 5 inch track and 400 feet of 5 and 3½ inch raised track. Steaming bays for 5 & 3½ inch gauge engines are available for the raised track which is only used by members and their guests. There are raised steaming bays for 7¼ & 5 inch gauge engines on the ground level track with a turntable providing access to the railway. All public passenger hauling takes place on the 7¼ ground level track. Coal and water for steam engines are available on site.
A hydraulic off loading ramp that connects to the turntable and steaming bays, is available for the ground level tracks to facilitate transfer of engines from cars or trailers. There is also vehicle access to the steaming bays for the raised tracks.
The Society has a mess room adjacent to the workshop. There is a café in the Park in close proximity to the railway.