Join in the fun with model trains at club in Rondebosch

2019-10-15 06:00
Train rides on some of the locomotives continue to be a hit with attendees year on year.

Train rides on some of the locomotives continue to be a hit with attendees year on year.

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The Cape Town Society of Model and Experimental Engineers will be hosting its open days on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November. The club, situated in Rondebosch, will be open to the public from 09:00 to 16:00. The entrance fee is R20 per adult and R10 per child.

Children under the age of six enter free.

The money raised will be used for maintenance of the club house and to fund the various sections of the club with their projects.

There will be rides for the children on the 5-inch gauge live steam engine.

Mums and dads are welcome. The cost per ride will be R5 per child with rides from 09:00 to noon and then from 13:30 to 15:30.

This allows for routine maintenance of the locomotives.

The club has a fully equipped workshop with lathes, milling machines and a shaper. There will be members carrying out engineering tasks to demonstrate to the public how the equipment functions.

The following can be seen in the main hall:

The N Gauge Modular section will be displaying their show module which will be fully operational.

The Hobby Shop will have various Model Railway equipment and model kits on display and for sale.

Shaun Le Roux from Cape Model Trains will be displaying various items of South African Railway equipment and memorabilia which will also be for sale.

Steve Norman from Bestoys will be displaying model cars which will also be for sale.

The club’s surplus magazines and books will be on display and sold at bargain prices. Be sure to come early to obtain the best of the items for sale.

Steve will be demonstrating how toy soldiers and canons are made, which will also be for sale.

For the hungry and the thirsty there will be refreshments on site.

The gauge 1 garden layout, which is situated at the back of the society, will be operational, weather permitting.

V For more information about the club, visit or call Geoffrey de Vartek on 072 787 6709 or Andre van Breda on 082 378 2437.


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