About Southampton Society of Model Engineers
In the early 1960s, Southampton City Council agreed that the Society could build a raised track for rail operations in the area known as Cobden Meadows (or Riverside Park). This track, for 3 1/2” and 5” miniatures was opened in 1962 and seems to have been the start of a shift away from a preponderant interest in the boating side to an emphasis for rail. A visit to the ‘historical archive’ in the picture gallery will show much of the Society’s previous activities. It is also of interest that in 1962 the railway carried 10,991 passengers. The additional 7¼” ground level track was opened in 1997.