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Saffron Walden & District Society of Model Engineers

Welcome to the web site of the Saffron Walden & District Society of Model Engineers. The Club is in a very attractive location next to the Audley End Railway and Audley End House and Gardens. We have a 1300ft ground level track in 5”/7¼” gauge together with a raised 400ft track for 3½”/5”/7¼” gauges.

On Saturdays and Sundays from Easter to the end of October Club members are usually on hand to give rides on our railway using steam, electric or diesel locomotives. Always popular with children, and adults alike, there is also a very attractive picnic area.

In 2012 we made a major change to our ground level track which now runs alongside the Audley End Railway - see our News pages for more details.


Visitors to our Club

Our track is adjacent to the Audley End Railway, by kind permission of Lord Braybrooke. Why not combine a visit to our track with a ride on the AER, a 10¼” gauge railway running for 1½ miles through attractive woodland.

Audley End Railway

We hold  Club running days on the Bank Holiday Mondays from Easter to August and we aim to have a Club member on site every weekend through the season. Visitors are very welcome to take a ride on one of our trains.

Visiting locos are also welcome to use our track, although prior notice is appreciated.


The Club has around 60 members whose interests cover several aspects of model engineering. Many have railway locomotives covering gauges from 3½” to 7¼” and representing steam, battery/ electric or internal combustion power. Some Club members are also building traction engines.

Club members are able to assist each other with machines and tools in their workshops, there is also advice on hand to solve most problems when building a new model.

The Club has expertise in the construction and testing of model steel or copper boilers.

Visitors to our web site

How to find us ...

Link to AER web site ...