OPEN days organised by the enthusiastic members of the Brighouse and Halifax Model Engineers Society are an established and hugely popular feature of the summer.
The society, which will celebrate its 80th anniversary next year has provided enjoyment for countless numbers of children – and adults too – who have boarded a steam train at its Cawcliffe Road headquarters, Ravensprings.
The society was formed in 1932 by a group of like-minded men. They met in various places but primarily the Brighouse Co-op Café and the home of the founder member, Douglas Miller.
During the Second World War members were drafted into the services. The activities of the society were severely restricted as the war effort took all the essential materials.
However, when hostilities were over the society reformed. In 1948 Mr Miller asked the members if they would like to join him in the construction of a miniature railway. He had a piece of land that was suitable, the members willingly accepted his offer.
The society purchased the freehold in 1966 on the death of the founder and President. The Brighouse and Halifax Model Engineers is one of the few societies in the country who has the luxury and security of owning its own land.
In the photograph on the left dating back to 1992 engine driver Geoff Cocking is getting up a head of steam at one of the society’s open days.
Geoff is a long-standing member of the society and along with the other members can be found at the club on most Monday and Wednesdays. The youngest passengers pictured here will all be in their late 20 now. I am sure they will all remember their day out at Ravensprings.
n The remaining open days for this year are August 14, September 11 and October 9. The society also hase a very informative website at www.bhme.co.uk