Tyneside Society
of Model and Experimental Engineers
The 1940's
The 1950's
The 1960's
The 1970's
The 1980's
The 1990's
The 2000's
The 2010's

To celebrate TSMEE's 70th birthday I am hoping to create an archive of memorable photos and events over the past decades (see links above). For this to be a success I really need your help. Please send photos & stories to me at lindanic@sky.com.

On Sunday 26th October we had an Anniversary Steam, with visitors coming from as far afield as Portsmouth & Edinburgh. Unfortunately it was windy & damp, but it was the NE in October I suppose!
Below are some photos from the day.

Preparing to steam while other look on



                                                                                      Chris Wakefield with his newly completed 'Suzanne'


Joe Gibbons busy feeding both the loco & himself! Followed closely by John Callaghan then Mike Dibb


Nicola Oliver driving her dad's 5" loco on the ground level track and another view of John's 3 1/2" GNR engine

Others sheltered in the warm to reminisce about the past - Brian Nicholls & Ken Swan 

Mary, Jackie & Ingrid prepare a great spread



Mary Tomlinson very kindly made a cake to celebrate the occasion,


After  thanking all for attending, Chairman Jim Stephenson cut the cake. As usual Linda had harrassed people for money, this time raffle tickets, so that we eventually get our much needed new clubhouse.

One of the visitors from the past, also a contributor to these 'through the decades' pages, was Clive Kidd. In 1949 this photo was taken of his brother Malcolm riding behind a loco, they decided to recreate the scene 65 years later!!


Then Clive was in this photo from the 1960's with among others, Jim & Jeff Stephenson, here they are about 50 years later!

(1960's Clive far left, Jim 4th from left, Jeff 3rd from right. 2014 - Jeff, Jim, Clive) Clive is still smiling & Jim still has attitude!


On this front page I am looking for photos of our current committee when they were younger so if you have anything!!!!

For example:

  Second from the left Ian Spencer (treasurer) & leaing over the loco Stu Davidson (Newsletter editor) 

Also  Linda Nicholls (secretary) helping Shirley Lee a previous secretary in the early 80's!

Chairman Jim Stephenson in the 60's - 

 Brian Nicholls in the early 80's

In 1944 The Tyneside Society of Model and Experimental Engineers was formed by the merging of The Newcastle Model Engineering Society and The Newcastle Model Railway Club, both having been in existence since the early 1920’s.

During the late 1940’s & early 1950’s a popular event was the yearly exhibition held in the old Chronicle Hall in Newcastle any profit being split between the Evening Chronicle Sunshine Fund and the society.

Permission was granted in 1948 for the erection of a passenger carrying railway in Exhibition Park. Opened by the Lord Mayor on Saturday 12th May 1951 the completed railway was some 700 feet in length. 50 feet was removed in 1960 to accommodate the “Turbinia” extension to the Science Museum. The track was re-laid with a reduced length of 647 feet in 1962.

In 1972 and again in 1975 the society hosted the International Model Locomotive Efficiency Competition on behalf of the Model Engineer Magazine. Over  the years our  members have  supported many events in the park including Tyneside summer exhibitions, fun to be young events, traction engine rallies & the Newcastle 900 celebrations by operating the railway and exhibiting their models for the enjoyment of the public at large. Since the early days of the society members have supported and gained awards at the major model engineering exhibitions as well as the more local summer fetes, traction engine rallies etc.

Following the erection of a larger clubhouse in 1980 our headquarters were moved to Exhibition Park enabling all society activities to be concentrated on one site.

Since its opening our railway has given enjoyment to countless generations of  members, local residents and visitors to Exhibition Park.

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