Welcome to the Web Pages of the Canterbury Society of Model Engineers

The Canterbury Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Inc (CSMEE) is for all people in the Canterbury region who are interested in the design, construction and operation of models and machines.  We are pleased to welcome new members.

We are based at Halswell Domain.  Come and see for yourself, we would love to see you. 

Click here to check out our Facebook Page.

CSMEE provides train rides to the public on Sunday afternoons.  Click here for a short video featuring our miniature railway.

At our recent Awards night, Alex Hunter's magnificent 5" gauge GWR Dukedog Loco was the winner of three trophies.  It is easy to see why.  It has great attention to detail and really captures the essence of the real thing.  It is an excellent performer on the track too.

The unusual name came about because these locos were the result of a rebuild comprising Duke Class boilers on Bulldog Class frames.  30 of these were rebuilt in 1930 and the end result was superior to either of the donor classes.

What's Coming Up?

SHOW WEEKEND:  We will be running from 10am to 4pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Show Weekend.  We will be operating to our Level 2 protocols.

General Meeting:  Tuesday 2 November. 7.30pm at Clubrooms, Halswell Domain.
                            Show and Tell night.  Come along and share a project you
                            are working on or anything else interesting.

Boat Night:           Tuesday 9 November 7.30pm at Clubrooms, Halswell Domain.
                                      Boat Night.


        Meetings will  be held at 7.30pm. Generally at our Clubrooms at Halswell Domain.

First Tuesday of the month - General Meeting often with a guest speaker

Second Tuesday of the month -  Boat meeting


The railway is OPEN to run under Level 2.

We have developed safe protocols and ask that you scan in, wear a mask and keep to social distancing. 

        Sunday's from 1pm to 4pm.  Train rides $2.

Club members (who are all volunteers) endeavor to run model trains at our site  in the Halswell Domain on Sunday afternoons from 1pm to 4pm throughout the year - subject to weather.

There are now two ways in.  Use the car park off William Brittan Avenue or follow the signs at the main entrance to the domain off Halswell Road, there is a new car park  on this entrance.

Special Boat Sailing days are held the 2nd Sunday of each month.  Traction engines and other models will be operated from time to time.

Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that trains and other services run as advertised, CSMEE reserves the right to cancel any service without notice and no liability for any loss will be accepted by CSMEE.


CSMEE Party Policy (New)
The CSMEE's all-volunteer staff operate the miniature railway in the Halswell  Domain. Being located in a Public Domain means you do not have to book for any parties that families wish to hold there.  We continue to welcome all parties and family groups to the Domain, to enjoy riding on our miniature railway.  Our normal opening hours are between 1pm and 4pm on every Sunday afternoon, weather permitting.  Bad weather cancellation of activities will be posted on Facebook just after 12noon on the day.
Due to the popularity of the rides, we suggest party organisers "get there early" to secure the best position, table or under a tree.

Important Notice: All train rides (children and adults) will be $2 per ride. We will continue to offer individual $2 ride tickets plus concession tickets at 6 rides for $10 and 12 rides for $20.  All ticket sales are cash only and any unused tickets can be used on any other Sunday run day.

Many thanks and we look forward to seeing you at Halswell Domain.

Charity events for special needs groups are held from time to time subject to members availability (we rely on members giving of their time - no one is paid).  Contact Eddie Clark Ph 021 891 980 for more details if you want to discuss this further.