Tiverton & District Model Engineering Society

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The society has a raised track of 3 1/2" and 5" gauge, approximately 925 feet long, located at Worthy Moor, near Rackenford, on the edge of Exmoor. It is built on concrete 'A' frames, has anti-tip bars, and is a challenging track with up gradients of as much as 1 in 45. Here is the track profile and a general view of the track:

To help prospective visitors to the track ensure their own driving trollies clear the 'A' frames
and anti-tip rails, here is a drawing of the outline.

At busy times, we also have coloured light signals for controlling train movements.

The Committee has recently instituted an investigation of the design and costing for the creation of a
32 mm and 45 mm Garden Railway track at the site. We would love to hear from anyone who models in these smaller gauges and would be interested in this project.

We hold regular steam-ups, where friends and families are welcome, and in the summer, we also have barbecues. The track is safe enough for children to drive electric locomotives, and is open to members and their guests all year round, with the proviso that there are at least 2 people present. A code of practice for using the track is available to members on the club forum.

For full details of all the dates, see the Meetings page.

The steaming bays are equipped with 12V dc supply. There is also plenty of room for traction engines.

To see a video of a visiting locomotive complete two circuits of our track click here (Opens in a new window).

You can view the site through Google maps by clicking this link (Opens in a new window).

If you wish to visit the track, the location details are as follows:
Postcode EX16 8EF
Map Reference SS 847 200
GPS 50° 58' 04" N
03° 38' 32" W

To get to the track, leave the M5 motorway at junction 27 and take the A361 towards Barnstaple. After 24 miles, at Moor Town Cross (Services) turn left, and then immediately left again, signposted to Rackenford. After 1.7 miles, the track entrance is on your right-hand side.


Last updated on 2nd October 2019