IMLEC 2018 will be held  at the Illshaw Heath Track of the Birmingham Society of Model Engineers Ltd (BSME), Friday , Saturday and Sunday  , 6th 7th and 8th July 2018. This will be the third time that BSME has hosted IMLEC, the first time being the inaugural IMLEC in 1969, again in 1987 and now in its 50th year, 2018. BSME also hosted SUPERLEC in 1998 to celebrate the centenary of MODEL ENGINEER and the 30th anniversary of IMLEC.

The IMLEC track is a kidney shaped dual 3½” and 5” gauge, fully signalled raised level rectangular steel track on recycled plastic sleepers. It is laid on concrete beams supported by concrete pillars, the minimum radius is 40 ft., the overall length of the track is 1052.5 ft and there is no anti-tip bar fitted. Loading and unloading facilities are provided with direct access to the steaming bays where there are 12 and 24 volt blower supplies available and a dual gauge turntable.

The rules of the competition will be as laid down in the IMLEC Rule Book (revised by Model Engineer) February 2012 with local amendments as required. A copy of the rules will be provided within the competitors information pack.


There will be a maximum field of 27 entries. Competition entries will only be accepted by post and, if required, there will be a draw to select the 27 competitors. Unsuccessful applicants will be placed on a reserve list if requested. Applications will be accepted from any person provided that a valid current boiler certificate can be provided for the locomotive to be used and he or she can provide evidence of adequate public liability insurance.

Application forms are available by email at or by post from IMLEC Entries, BSME, 5 Kiln Close, Studley, Warwickshire, B80 7EF or by telephone on 0772 636 4812.

Completed entry forms must be returned by 6th April 2018 and the draw will take place at the BSME meeting on 18th April 2018. Successful applicants will receive their competitor information packs shortly the therafter.



The track site is easy to find being a short distance from Junction 4 of the M42. Full details are available on the society website or if you are equipped with SatNav, the post code is B94 6DN or Coordinates - 52° 22’ 00.21’’N, 1° 48’ 32.13’’W.


Spectators will be made very welcome, there may be a small entry fee that will include an illustrated programme of the event. Refreshments will be available throughout the weekend and will include hot and cold drinks, sandwiches etc.

There are a few hotels in the area and hopefully we will be able to provide space for a few caravans, although there are no electric hook-ups. Water and toilet emptying facilities would be available, further details will be published nearer the time.

There are also a number of other attractions near Illshaw Heath for those who want to make it a family weekend, including the Wythall Transport Museum, National Trust properties, Shakespeare’s Stratford and of course the shops in Birmingham city centre, Solihull and Stratford upon Avon.




SITE OPENING TIMES The site will be open from 8am on Friday 6th July until roughly 6pm on Sunday 8th July.

TOILETS Ladies, Gents and Disabled toilets are available on-site. The toilets are plumbed into a septic tank system and are what might be regarded as being of “domestic standard”.

CAMPING AND CARAVANNING Campers and caravanners wishing to pitch using club facilities (as opposed to a commercial or Caravan Club site) will be sited in the field, which is adjacent to the club site. There will be NO electricity supply, mains water is available from various points around the site. The field is available from Friday morning. If you wish to arrive on Thursday evening there will be limited parking available, please contact the organisers who will arrange temporary parking on the society car park. Please note caravans/tents must be transferred to the field by 0900 on the Friday morning.

CATERING/REFRESHMENTS. Bacon baps will be served on Saturday and Sunday between 0830 and 1000.

Freshly made sandwiches and ploughmen’s lunches (Sat & Sun only) will be available on ALL days with cake and biscuits between 1200 and 1400.

Saturday Supper Pie and chips OR Chilli and Jacket potato plus 2 choices of gateaux with fresh cream if desired. £5.00 per person.

Cans of soft drinks, bottled water, tea and coffee will be available at all times.

If you plan to eat with us on Saturday evening could you please let us know in advance together with your preference if possible?

FIRST AID The club will have trained first aiders available during the event.

CAR PARKING Spectators and club members will park on grass in the field adjacent to the club ground. Entrants will be asked to move their vehicles to the field after unloading. Entry to the site from the car park is via a pedestrian gate at the top of the field. The club’s car park will be used for disabled parking.

SEATING The club will be providing some outdoor seating but obviously cannot guarantee that all spectators can be seated. It may be advisable to bring your own seating.

ACCESS TO THE SITE For visitors, i.e. people other than entrants, access to the site is by individual purchase of a programme £5 / day or £10 / weekend.

OVERNIGHT STORAGE OF ENTRANTS’ LOCOMOTIVES Arrangements have been made for overnight storage. A club member will be on-site overnight for security purposes.

CONTACTING THE CLUB IN THE EVENT OF TRAVEL OR OTHER PROBLEMS IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE EVENT The club would be grateful if entrants could keep us informed of any last minute problems that might adversely affect the smooth running of the event. Please ring Don Cooper on 0772 6364812 before or during the event or Don Spence on 07833 762314. Please be aware that mobile phone access is limited on site and it may be wise to send a text if you cannot get through.

GETTING TO THE SITE There is a map on the club’s website. If you use Sat Nav the post code is B94 6DN.

LOCAL AMENITIES There are Sainsbury’s and Tesco supermarkets about a mile from the site. Solihull and Shirley are within easy reach of the club. As well as shops, here you will find plenty of restaurants and cafes.

Local hostelries include The Blue Bell Cider house, The Bulls Head, The Reservoir and The Plough, all serve food. Also close by are The Stables Tea Rooms and Wedges Bakery

DVD It is proposed that a DVD of the weekend will be produced and copies will be available for purchase. Orders will be taken during the weekend.









09:08, 27 May 2018 by Peter Pullen


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