Nelson Society of Modellers

Become a member

At Nelson Society of Modellers we are always happy to have new members. You don’t need to know how trains work or anything about modelling and engineering to get involved. Everybody is welcome, regardless of experience or skill.

While many members of the club build or own their own models, it is certainly not expected or required. The club owns diesel and electric locomotives that members can learn and drive on. We have several different small-scale layouts in the clubrooms, as well as many stationary engines, glowplug engines, RC boats, and other static displays that members can use and maintain.

We operate every Sunday (weather dependent) and have a club meeting on the fourth Tuesday of each month. We have regular working bees, in addition to major upgrade and maintenance works being done a few times a year as required.

All members are volunteers and all activities are done on a purely voluntary basis.

If you are interested in joining the club you can email us through or contact page or come along when we are open on Sunday afternoons and introduce yourself. We like prospective members to attend a few run days, work bees or other club activities before formalizing membership.

Due to the complexity of what we do, the inherent safety concerns and because we deal with members of the public regularly, we reserve the right to turn down membership should we feel the need to.

Labour Day Open Weekend

We will once again be holding our annual open weekend again this year over Labour Day weekend. Local and visiting trains from across the country will be running for the public on Sunday and Monday  10am-4pm. Please note we can only open to the public if we are at Covid alert level 1. Visiting engineers, […]

September 24th, 2020

Members’ run day, 30th August 2020

On Sunday 30th August we had a members run.

September 8th, 2020

New Website for 2020

We are delighted to unveil our new website. We hope to layout all of the key Club and Society information here.

September 8th, 2020

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