Welcome to Ryedale Society of Model Engineers Limited (RSMEL)
The Ryedale Society of Model Engineers Limited (RSMEL) is a group of like-minded model railway engineers of wide-ranging ages and experience. Members come from all over the country. Most live within thirty miles of the club, which is in the village of Gilling East, but others come from hundreds of miles away. We have our headquarters in our clubhouse behind the village hall. Our main activity is developing and running our fine miniature railway. Most of our railway is multi gauge (3½”, 5″ and 7¼”) but the emphasis is on 5″ gauge. Our track is laid at ground level, and we like to emulate main line practice in the construction and operation the railway.
Club activities cover a wide and varied range. We meet at Gilling East every Sunday throughout the year (some of our pensioner members also get together on Thursdays). The main winter Sunday activity is the maintenance and construction of extensions to the railway. During the summer season we run Passenger Days until the end of September excepting August Bank Holiday Sunday.
All the work put in by members over the years has produced what we believe is the finest miniature railway of its type in the UK.
We host visits from other clubs and two or three times a year rallies draw together upwards of thirty scale model locomotives as well as many more fine scale freight wagons and passenger coaches from all over Britain. Every Sunday except on the two rally events, the railway operates to give visitors rides around the railway providing an enjoyable day out for the family. We host the famous RSME/LMS Mainline Rallies in the spring and autumn.
Club members tend to focus on their own areas of interest. Some like the project work of design and construction. Some specialize in signalling and telecommunications; some enjoy giving rides on open days and all love the Main Line Rallies.
We want more members of all ages. Membership inquiries to Walter Rinaldi-Butcher, other inquiries to Bill Putman; Click Here.
There are many fine examples of miniature locomotives and rolling stock to be seen including this Rebuilt Scot by one of our own members.
Enjoy our unique tribute to the era of steam railways and the greatest change in personal and industrial mobility in history.