The Box Hill Miniature Steam Railway Society, is a group of Miniature Steam Railway enthusiasts, whose founding members joined forces to build and maintain a dual gauge ( 5 and 7 1/4 inch) Miniature Railway. The one and a quarter kilometer of track, winds its way through a picturesque, landscaped area of Elgar Park, on the corner of Belmore and Elgar Roads, Box Hill, Victoria, Australia.
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 Clubroom 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 trains that are featured in the Locomotive Register are, for the most part, constructed by the Society’s Members in their spare time over a period of many years. The locomotives operating on the Box Hill track are mostly powered by steam, but petrol, diesel and electrically powered units are also to be seen.
The Society is a non-profit organisation and its Members provide their labor in a voluntary capacity. Proceeds from fares charged on Public Run days are used to administer the club, 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.