IMLEC 2018 will be held  at the Illshaw Heath Track of the Birmingham Society of Model Engineers Ltd (BSME), nominally, on Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th July 2018. If there is sufficient interest we will start on Friday 6th July. 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.








13:21, 24 Feb 2018 by Peter Pullen


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