Scottish Model Engineering Trust
Wester Pickston Railway
The Scottish Model Engineering Trust runs the Wester Pickston Railway (WPR) which is set in seven acres of woodland in the heart of the Perthshire countryside. There is a ground level track for 71⁄4" and 5" gauge trains, a raised track for 31⁄2" and 5" gauge, an outdoor 16mm Garden Railway and extensive woodland paths to run steam powered road models.
The ground level track is being extended into the full seven acre site which will allow members to run their locomotives over a much larger area. Members own a wide variety of locomotives from gas fired remote controlled 16mm steam engines, large passenger hauling steam and electric engines to steam powered traction engines and lorries. One of our members Chris Vine won the Duke of Edinburgh medal at the Model Engineer Exhibition with his 71⁄4" gauge engine 'Bongo'. He is also the author of the successful children's books based on Peter's Railway.
As well as the various tracks the trust has an extensive workshop facility, equipped with lathes and milling machines etc for members to use. There is also a club room with a kitchen facility.
We run four Open Days a year. The next Public Running dates are shown on the left. If you would like a great day out for all the family then come along and ride on the trains. There are a number of steam and electric trains running all day along with steam lorries which provide rides along our woodland paths. Parking is free you only pay for your ticket to ride the trains. There are also static displays of members models in the workshop. You can buy drinks and snacks in our clubroom or you can bring your own picnic and watch the trains go by. A toilet block is available and there are nappy changing facilities.
The trust is a charity which means that all our proceeds are spent on improving our facilites and track. All the members volunteer their services so that we can offer a great day out for all the family. We have a lot of regular visitors who know it pays to arrive early before the rush starts. Rides start at 11:30am and go through to about 4:00pm.
Our membership continues to grow with people coming from as far as the Isle of Skye, Inverness and Aberdeen. We encourage visitors to bring their locomotives to ride our tracks. Members with steam engines have to have a yearly steam test to cover the requirements of our public liability insurance. If you would like to visit our club with your steam engine then please make sure you bring an up to date boiler certificate and public liability insurance cover.