There is likely to be a party atmosphere at the Grimsby and Cleethorpes Model Engineering Society’s annual open weekend this year – as members celebrate the club’s 80th birthday.
The society will be opening up its entire site at its Waltham Windmill headquarters for members of the public to explore at close quarters.
Not only will there be rides available on the club’s miniature railway over the entire three-day Bank Holiday period - with trains being hauled by both steam and electric-powered locomotives - but also a free exhibition of models in the clubhouse and several other features for what has been rebranded its Gala Weekend.
Additional attractions will include a display of model trucks – complemented by several full-size vehicles, including a vintage AEC Mandator tractor unit together with three or four more modern outfits, all of which is likely to appeal particularly to trucking enthusiasts.
A small selection of vintage cars is also scheduled over the three days, with different models expected on different days.
Model railway enthusiasts will be more than catered for by both a layout of Grimsby Town station of yesteryear as well as that of the Immingham Motive Power Depot, while tram aficionados will also be catered for with models made by members.
Humberside Fire and Rescue is expected to station one of its appliances at the site for periods over the weekend, subject to availability.
Other displays scheduled include those by the Appleby Frodingham Railway Preservation Society and Immingham Museum, together with another dedicated to Mamod steam models, while model traction engines will be in steam from time to time. There will also be a bric-a-brac stall.
As well as being able to ride on the miniature railway, adults and children will also be able to have a go themselves at actually driving a model steam locomotive, supervised by a member of the society. Participants must be able to reach the controls, and under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
A “Driver Experience” raffle – open to those aged 16 and over - will offer the prize of a full day to be spent as a guest of one of the members at the society’s headquarters, learning the track and signalling and having several hours of one-to-one instruction on firing and driving a loco.
The society – founded in 1935 – will be opening its doors from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.
Entry to both the site and the exhibition are free, as is parking, with Waltham Windmill itself expected to be operational.