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Located in the quiet middle class suburb of Bisley in Pietermaritzburg, the Model Engineering Society was founded way back in 1922, but went through an extensive period of inactivity before being resurrected in the 1970s. After using various venues, including members' homes for meetings, it was decided that a permanent site had to be found at which a miniature railway could be laid and normal club activities could take place. After an intensive search for a suitable venue the present site at 78 Rudling Road was identified culminating in the signing of a 25-year lease with the Pietermaritzburg City Council in 1985.
After an extensive amount of work, 250m of track was laid and steam train rides started on the first Sunday of November 1987. This portion of track is known as the "inner circuit" and was followed nine years later by the establishment of the "outer circuit" which consisted of 450m of track laid over a period of just four months.
In 1996 a second track was built, a foot bridge and a ticket office were built, culminating in the hosting of
  the National Model Engineering Society Meet.
The proceeds of the meet allowed the PMES to construct a tunnel.
In 2001, a third section of track was built increasing the overall length of the track to just under a kilometre. The PMES' grounds, track and facilities rank amongst the best in the world and they not only aim to keep it this way, but also hope to continue making improvements and additions.
pmes6   Both adults and children can enjoy a ride on locomotives which are powered either by steam or by 'diesel'. Although the rides are by no means exhilarating they are unquestionably interesting as the trains negotiate sharp bends, cross bridges and travel through a tunnel.
The PMES is a unique venue that offers families a safe and affordable way to have fun together while appreciating the beauty of nature and enjoying the ingenuity of man at the same time.
This venue is open to the public on the first Sunday of every month from 10am until 3pm, and for those who often forget their lunch at home you'll be pleased to know that a variety of cool drinks and eats are on sale.
It's a venue that truly has something for everyone and is not to be missed.