Our History

Our History

The Box Hill Miniature Steam Railway Society, is a group of miniature steam railway and model engineering enthusiasts, whose founding members joined forces to build and maintain a dual gauge ( 5 and 7.25 inch) miniature railway.

The society was formed in October 1981 and work on the site commenced in March 1983.  By September 1983 the Mayor of Box Hill was able to open the clubrooms and engine shed.  By October 1985 sufficient track had been laid and site works completed to enable the railway to be opened for public running.

The Society is a non-profit organisation and its members provide their labor in a voluntary capacity.  Proceeds from fares charged on Public Running Days are used to administer the Society, improve and maintain the railway and to assist charity groups, mainly within the City of Whitehorse.

The society’s members are drawn from all ages and walks of life.  Its various activities provide not only recreation, but also the opportunity to exercise rarely used skills and develop new ones.  There is something for everyone, from gardening, to skilled metal machining, to selling tickets, to locomotive driving.

The hobby of miniature railways provides considerable enjoyment and satisfaction, and the society welcomes new members who are willing to assist in the maintenance and running of its railway.