The Society was formed in 1982 to enable local people, interested in all aspects of Model Engineering, to meet regularly, discuss related topics and with the aim of ultimately having a dedicated club room and workshop.
The first workshop was an empty house in Newtongrange. In about 1984 the opportunity arose to have more spacious premise at the Mining Museum in Newtongrange. The space offered was part of the old office complex, which is now the toilet area of the tea-room!
The Society has now moved from the Mining Museum to a building in Roslin Glen Country Park which is on a long lease from Midlothian Council in return for a lot of work making it habitable.
As is the case with most model Engineering Societies there is a majority interest in the building and running of model locomotives. Approaches were made to Midlothian District Council with a view to finding a suitable location at which to build a locomotive track. After a great deal of discussion Vogrie Country park was offered and work commenced around 1986 on the construction of a section of 3½ and 5 inch gauge track
Eskvalley MES is a member of, and insured through, the Southern Federation of Model Engineering Societies.
Regular meetings are held on Monday evenings at the workshop, which is in Roslin Glen Country Park and we also run trains at Vogrie on Sunday afternoons from Easter to end September.
The Society welcomes new members with a genuine interest in Model Engineering. Further details can be obtained from either the Chairman Brian Hird or the Secretary Geoff Thrower. Please find Tel No. on our Contact Page.