Welcome to the Warrington and District Model Engineering Society

WDMES is based around Warrington and caters for Model Engineers of all tastes. Our main activities are based on our track, which is at Daresbury, just outside Warrington, and the Annual Cheshire Steam Fair during the summer.

Latest Daresbury Gazette – out now!

Spring into action! – May Edition – Daresbury Gazette

The various working gangs at WDMES have sprung into action this month with various planned project work and maintenance at Daresbury, ready for the up and coming season, including the brand new tunnel extension! Apologies for the late arrival of this month's Gazette - no it's not due to Brexit.. it's just that I've been on holiday to the Isle of Man. Had a great time and an invite to the Ballaugh Wild Life Model ...
Read More of the latest Daresbury Gazette

Forthcoming Events with WDMES

  • Thu

    WDMES Natter Night

    8:00 PMSt Mary Magdalene Church, Appleton Thorn

    The WDMES Natter Night, every first Thursday of the month

  • Sun

    WDMES Sunday Running Day

    10:00 AMDaresbury Track

    Official WDMES Running Day at the Daresbury Track

  • Tue

    WDMES Committee Meeting Q2 (quarterly)

    8:00 PMSt Mary Magdalene Church, Appleton Thorn

    The WDMES Committee Meeting, once per quarter on the 2nd Tuesday

Visit the Diary page or the Events page for more events…

WDMES was at Manchester Model Engineering Exhibition 2019!

View the Gallery of the MMEX 2019 Exhibition here…

More about the WDMES…


Our Society

Although this might give you the impression that we are only interested in trains and locomotives, this is not the case, but the tracks are our only visible possession. We are also into stationary engines, traction engines, clocks, microscopes, 3-wheeled cars amongst other things. Come along and join us if you are interested in any form of model engineering, we’re a pretty friendly bunch, and mostly harmless…. If you are interested in becoming a member, please look at the Membership tab above.

What’s with this Mad Hatter stuff?

Apart from being a good description of our Chairman, the Mad Hatter has been the club’s ‘logo’ for many years. An unusual logo for a model engineering society, we adopted the Mad Hatter because our track is located in the village of Daresbury (just outside Warrington ), the birthplace of one Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, otherwise known as Lewis Carroll. He, of course, wrote the ‘Alice’ stories, and in years past we used to hold an event known as the Mad Hatter’s Steam Party which, apart from being as chaotic as the Tea Party described in ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, was lots of fun for all concerned. We are hoping to revive this event.


We meet on the first and third Thursday of each month at our new venue, St Mary Magdalene’s Church Hall, Bridge Lane Appleton Thorn, which is just off the A49 heading south from Warrington. Meetings start at 8pm and usually finish soon after 10. If you need a map, here is a local map under the Contacts & Location  (tab above).

WDMES – Registered Friendly Society No.27218