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Recent News of the Society


34 members attended the Annual General Meeting at the end of April.  The new Social Secretary is Andy Dale and Bob White was elected as Safety Officer.  Officers and Committee can be found on the ‘about’ page.

Summer Track Meetings are now well under way with numerous models to be seen on all the tracks.  The Open Day in May was a great success, no doubt partly due to the weather.  A lot of visitors turned up and 19 locos were run on the main track and five clubs were represented.  Five RMMES members also ran their engines.  There was also quite a bit of activity in the garden railway.

A couple of days later, CUP Alloys came along to Rolfe Lane and gave a talk and demonstration of their products, solder and equipment etc.  A good attendance with a chance for members to purchase items afterwards.

The Small Loco Rally at the end of May was held in bright sunshine with ten 2˝" gauge locos to be seen in the steaming bays.  A better attendance this year for this event and several locos were run during the day.

The beginning of June saw the annual visit to the Boatyard Railway with over 40 members and friends enjoying a very pleasant afternoon.  Despite a brief heavy rain shower, the rest of the day was dry and warm and a number of engines were to be seen on the tracks.

A few days later, the yearly ‘Fish & Chip Special’ on the RH&DR to Dungeness and back was held.  Nearly 60 members and friends were on the train that was hauled by ‘Typhoon’ with Simon Batten driving.  Another very successful evening.

Members had models on display at the RH&DR Model Day at New Romney station in June with a varied selection of locos and stationary engines to be seen. 

The Midsummer Track Meeting and Barbecue at the end of June was very well attended.  A nice warm sunny afternoon saw over 80 members, family and friends enjoy the social occasion with lots of action to be seen on all the tracks.

A busy day at the end of July for members at Rolfe Lane for visitors from the nearby New Romney Country Fayre.  A sunny warm day saw lots of visitors attending.  The ladies made over 35 ploughman’s lunches for members and they were also kept busy during the afternoon with refreshments etc.  In total 12 locomotives were run, seven steam and five electric, giving rides for the visitors.  A very successful day.

The Wednesday Gang still meet on a regular basis.  The new loading ramp/traverser for the steaming bay is well under way and it is hoped to have it operating before too long.  Also our Chairman is working on the hydraulics for the future operation of the swing bridge which should make it far easier to operate.  The air lines and power cables have been installed recently between the compressor house and the swing bridge.  Part of the upper section on the garden railway has been renovated where it had started to sag, and the new boards and track are now in place.

The next issue of the RMMES 'Newsletter', No. 189 dated August 2018, will soon be available.  Please contact the Newsletter Editor if you would like a copy posted to you.

Our President, Bobby Jones, was interviewed some time ago about his involvement with railways, full-size and miniature and also the RMMES, on the local radio station Romney Marsh FM.  You can hear a recording of the interview if you click here (might take a minute to load).


Some recent activity at Rolfe Lane.



A busy time in the steaming bays.


5" gauge 0-4-2 'Gladstone'.


'G' scale
in the garden railway.


2˝" gauge LNER 2-8-2 'P2'.


5" gauge 'Class 59' at the Open Day.






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