Our Society

What is Model Engineering?
Because of the wide range of activities covered by Model Engineering, no one definition can cover them all. Essentially it is the construction of scale model locomotives, traction engines and stationary engines in home workshops. Most of the construction is in metal; consequently metal-working machinery such as a lathe is required. Locomotives can be powered by steam (most in Australia using coal), petrol or battery and are usually able to carry people on miniature railway track.
Model Engineers don't limit themselves to that; they can be found constructing clocks, model aircraft engines and workshop tools to name a few. If you want to know more about Model Engineering, ask your local newsagent for a copy of Australian Model Engineering magazine and browse their website:

The Queensland Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Inc.
(QSMEE) is a society of members who have a common interest in Model Engineering. There is an evening club meeting once a month where members discuss progress with their models; videos and slides pertinent to the hobby are shown and guest speakers talk about related subjects. The second Sunday of the month is set aside for members to run their locos on the Society railway track and the first Sunday is occupied building and maintaining that track. Although the track is not open to the general public, individuals, organised community, charitable, and other groups are welcome to attend by invitation only - see the "Visit Us" page. A quarterly newsletter, The Oilcan, provides information on Society activities to members. Copies can be downloaded in Adobe Acrobat reader format (.pdf files) from the newsletter page of this website.

The Society welcomes prospective new members who are either existing model engineers or have a strong interest and wish to take up the hobby. Contact the Secretary at the address below for a copy of the Application for Membership, or make yourself known at a club meeting. These are currently held at 7.30pm on the 4th Tuesday of each month except December in the meeting room of the Brisbane City Council Library located on Level 2 of the Indooroopilly Shopping Town, Indooroopilly.

The Society is affiliated with the Australian Association of Live Steamers (AALS). The AALS represents the hobby at government level and establishes standards of construction, especially technical safety standards. Every year the AALS holds a national convention hosted by one of its affiliated societies. The 63rd Annual AALS Convention will be hosted by the QSMEE during the 2019 Easter long weekend.

Any text and images found on these web pages including The Oilcan newsletters are copyright © Queensland Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Incorporated, 1998 - 2013.
All rights reserved. Use by bona fide Model Engineering clubs and allied bodies for non-commercial, non-profit reasons is permitted providing acknowledgment of source is given.

Contacting the Society
Post: Secretary, QSMEE, PO Box 7041 Brendale QLD 4500 or Email Us