The Hamilton Model Engineers were founded in 1931 and became incorporated in 1936.
Our first track was located in Beerescourt Road and was a 7.25/5/3.5” raised oval track. We were then moved to Seddon Park, followed by a move to Hall Street which was hoped to be our final track.
In 1983 we were informed once again we would be moving. Now we have a wonderful track at Tui Avenue (Minogue Park). With two separate tracks we have over 1.6km of track winding through regenerating native bush, over 6 bridges and through 3 tunnels. The tracks all have a variety of travel choices and variety of grades.
What We Do
The obvious activity for our club is the operation of our Miniature Railway. This is popular for all members, especially those that have limited time, or less interest in the actual modelling aspect of our club. Paired to the railway, behind the scenes is an extensive program of maintenance and renewals - from gardening, to rail and bridge replacements.
Many of our members partake in the modelling and engineering aspect of the hobby, and several have built and consequently own their very own miniature locomotives. Others get involved with the development of models, for entering into the Les Moore Challenge, held at a convention every 2 years. The next competition is in 2023 at the Christchurch Halswell Miniature Trains (C.S.M.E.E.) track.
The Club Today
Currently Hamilton Model Engineers has a membership of close to 70 people, from children to adults.
We are always looking for new members to come join the club and learn how to drive our club locomotives as well as members Loco's also to help maintain the club track and facilities. Membership is only $10.00 per year, with plenty of options for families and children of all ages.
Although there is a central interest of the Miniature Railway, our members have a diverse range of Modelling and Engineering interests. Real steam boats, Steam trains, Garden Railways, R/C Aircraft and stationary engines are just some of the interests. Have an interest in the above, or something else unique in model engineering? Come on down and have a chat with us!
Where are we located?
We are situated in the middle of Minogue Park. You need to find our entrance at the very end of Tui Avenue, and drive down the park access road. Your best way to find us, is to drive along Forest Lake Rd. Turn into Walsh Ave. Turn Left into Kiwi Ave, and finally Right into Tui Ave. Please note: The Forest Lake end of Tui Ave is ONE WAY - please use this only when leaving.