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Let’s Go For A Ride

The Pietermaritzburg Model Engineering Society (PMES) was founded in 1922 and resurrected into a train amusement park, open every first Sunday of the month since 1970.

The PMES hopes to foster an interest in all things involving trains and engineering by building and exhibiting miniature replicas of various locomotives, engines. Machine tools and other engineering related projects. All projects are to the original working specifications and there is a great emphasis on steam preservation.

This unique train park invites visitors to buy a ticket and enjoy a ride around the miniature railway circuit on any of its four locomotive trains, which are powered either by diesel or steam. Both adults and children can enjoy a ride and although the rides are by no means exhilarating they are unquestionably interesting as the trains negotiate sharp bends, cross bridges and travel through a tunnel.

Visitors are also encouraged to bring along a picnic or braai basket and make use of the beautiful open park area. The grounds are large, well-kept, and secure, allowing the children the opportunity to play outdoor games. The venue has a small refreshment kiosk for visitors who forget their lunch at home.

The PMES is a unique venue that offers families a safe and affordable way to have fun together while appreciating the beauty of nature and enjoying the ingenuity of man at the same time.

Things to see and do

  • Miniature Inner & Outer Circuit Tracks
  • Mini Train Rides
  • Model Trains
  • Model Engines & Machinery
  • Picnic & Braai Facilities
  • Light Snacks & Refreshments
  • Party Venue
  • Wings, Wheels & Whistles Exhibition (first week of August)


Open every first Sunday of the month

There is no Admission Fee, Train Rides are R10 per ride

A nominal Admission Fee is charged for the Exhibition during the first week of August

Prices are subject to change, please contact the venue directly to confirm

Find Us

Travelling on the N3, take Market Road off-ramp (Exit-74), go past the market on your left, through one set of traffic lights

At the second set of lights, turn right into Washington Road

Follow the road for about 2 km, cross over a set of traffic lights (crossing Oribi Road) and proceed down the hill

When you see a railway viaduct on your left, turn left just after the bottom of the dip into Rudling Road

Proceed approximately 800m, directly after the small bridge turn left into their driveway

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