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Welcome to the Copsewood Miniature Railway.

The Copsewood Miniature Railway is a model engineering society located in Coventry and is open to the public on the first Saturday and Sunday of the month, from April until October, 2pm to 5pm. We also open to the public on some additional special event days such as Halloween and our Santa Specials. 

People of all ages are welcome to visit during our public running days where you can enjoy a miniature train ride. Our club hut offers a variety of refreshments, including tea, coffee and delicious cakes, at very reasonable prices within our tea room.

The miniature railway is run by volunteers of all ages and welcomes new members. You do not need to know about trains or engineering to be a member. If you would like to find out more 

History of the GEC (Coventry) Model Engineering Society.

The club was formed as the GEC Society of Model and Experimental Engineers in February 1959 by members of the GEC Railway Society. They had already started to build a 5” track in the spinney at the GEC Sports Ground.  This 250ft long 5” gauge raised track was completed in 1959, it was replaced by a 620ft long 5” and 3½” gauge raised track in 1964, with 3 aspect colour light signals, both of which we still use today.  1964 also saw the club change its name to GEC (Coventry) Model Engineering Society.  Our Club hut was built by the members in 1967; it contains a kitchen and large OO Gauge track.  The club also has a well equipped workshop.

 

Work started on the ground level 7¼” gauge track in 1988 but it took until 1992 for the first section to be completed, this was followed in 1993 by an extension to double the length of the track.  In 2006 we decided to double the length of the ground level track, it was completed the same year and we have started using it for public running.  The track was officially opened during our 50th Anniversary Open weekend on Sunday 2nd August by Pete Waterman.

 

 

Club Loco Pansy in 1968 with Cyril Smith Driving, standing left to right; Ken Johnson, Arthur Humphreys, Len Broome and John Phelps.