Vale of Aylesbury Model Engineering Society

Come and play Trains

See working scale models

Our members build and run their own trains. Sometimes they are used for pulling the carriages on the track.

Other members, who have different interests,  build traction engines, or smaller scale model trains.

See the 'Whats On' page to see special event days.


Meet the engineers

The site is run and maintained by VAMES members. A small fee is charged for train rides which is used for running and maintenance of the facility

About Us

The object of the Society is to:

Foster and encourage the practice and study of model engineering as a recreational hobby in all is branches.

Promote and facilitate the interchange of ideas, knowledge and experience.

Widen public knowledge and understanding of engineering through the medium of construction, display and operation of engineering models.

Provide facilities for the furtherance of the Society’s objectives for the benefit and enjoyment of both members and the public.

Vames, home of the steam enthuisast, invites you to visit its attraction situated between Bicester and Aylesbury just off the A41 at Quainton, Buckinghamshire

We are a group of hobbyists who share a common enjoyment of all things connected with engineering, but mainly focussing on model railways, in its many forms. New members are always welcome but you do not have to involved in any form of construction project to become a member. Anyone is welcome

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre and VAMES share one site and the entrance fee gives you access to both venues, although there is a separate passenger fare on the miniature railway

Whilst the railway museum restores and operates full size railway stock, VAMES concentrates its efforts on scale models, and is a separate Society.

Visit and be amazed at the skill of our members who design and construct working models of yesteryear. See the Whats On page to discover  what can be expected on the day of your planned visit.

One of the main attractions is the miniature railway which carries passengers around the 1 km multi - gauge track. A small charge is made for each passenger which contributes towards the maintenance and running costs of the railway.

Other members are usually running even smaller models at the garden railway, situated to the side of the picnic area.The track carries  scale models which are powered by electric or steam, some of which are radio controlled.  Over the winter period (2015/2016) the garden railway will be fully refurbished. The attraction may not be finished until the Spring 2016, but you will be welcome to come and see the progress!. This will keep the children occupied whilst the adults can enjoy a well deserved cup of tea at our refreshment facility.