Santa Special returns on Sunday 3rd December.

sold out

Printing Tickets: We have taken down our online booking systen after demand for tickets continued to rise even after we had announced this event was sold out.
If you have not printed your tickets, do not worry as our booking elf David will be in contact with you shortly with instructions of how to get your tickets.

Santa Special is a pre booked ticket only event. No tickets will be sold on the day.


Pictures above are typical of our Santa event, these pictures were taken over the last 2-3 years. Please note: locomotives in use for Santa Special depend on locomotive availability on the day. We roster steam and diesel locomotives on Santa Special trains.


Full details for the 2017 season are on our Open Days web page.



The Railway welcomes 2 new engines this season, both for the ground level railway.

Harwin Harwin

Harwin is based on Lima locomotive works 2-6-2 design from the USA. The Wato engineering castings were imported from Australia a number of years ago, and construction was started by Bill Knox who had completed the chassis and cylinders. After Bill passed away the part completed locomotive moved to Nick and Graham Taylor who were friends of Bill. Harwin was completed in October 2016. Harwin is pictured at Willowbank Station in October 2016 on one of its first running sessions.

Russell a WHR locomotive

Russell a WHR locomotive
Russell is a narrow gauge steam locomotive originally built in 1906 for the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railways (NWNGR), but most famously associated with the original Welsh Highland Railway (WHR)

Russell is a 2-6-2T locomotive dating orignally from 1906 and was orignally built by Hunslet Locomotive company.

This is a scale model in 7½" gauge with Charles its owner.

About Us

Malden and District Society of Model Engineers Ltd. is located in Thames Ditton Surrey. Our miniature railway is known as the Thames Ditton Miniature Railway. The ground level railway is for the large scale trains. The elevated railway is for the smaller scale trains. We hope you will be able to visit us during the year and enjoy the atmosphere of the railway. We have been running passenger trains on the miniature railway for for over 66 years.

Volunteering / Membership

What we do, why we do it, how we do it and why you should consider joining us.

Over it long history our society has brought together people with a shared interest of railways, engineering. Our purpose is to encourage the creation of a wide range of models and to create a 'community' of members willing and able to help and support each other in the enjoyment of the hobby. We achieve this aim through a variety of activities, meetings, training courses, visits and exhibitions. and by providing a network of skilled and experienced members willing and happy to share their knowledge and enthusiasm.

The Railway is run solely by a group of dedicated volunteers and is open for train rides from Easter till October. Trains run on the the first Sunday of each month. On Bank Holiday weekends we also run the trains on the Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. Our volunteers can often be found working on the railway at other times.

We are always looking for more volunteers who would like to get involved. Whether you wish to be a Driver, Guard, Platform Duties, Signalman, Engineering or just help with the maintenance, you will be working alongside a friendly group of volunteers sharing the same experience.