The South Australian Society of Model & Experimental Engineers (SASMEE) is a miniature train experience your kids will LOVE you for. The objectives of the Society is to create and maintain interest in model making of all types. So there’s small machine tools, tool making and experimental engineering connected to models. This is very much a kids haven!
Adults and children can experience the amazing model trains up close and personal, and the main highlight of SASME is being able to ride on a range of model steam and diesel trains! There are two stations (one near the middle and one right down the back) and a variety of trains run continuous loops stopping at the stations to take on/let off passengers. Trains can take between 3 and 20 passengers so families can sit together or take turns with the kids while others take photos!
There is also a small lake (fenced) that you’ll sometimes see people driving their remote control boats on in the nicer weather, and nearby are the tiny (toy sized) model trains that the kids will also enjoy watching when they aren’t too busy riding all the bigger trains! If you’re lucky you might even be there on a day they have the old tractor giving rides out the back as well!
SASMEE is a volunteer organisation and they provide a canteen (mmmm…. hot chips and hot dogs…!), toilets and disabled access. Please be aware that some rides may not cater to all needs, but the organisation has done its best to provide access to all.
There are chairs and tables to enjoy a picnic (or those hot chips!), but you can take your own chairs in if you like as it can sometimes get quite busy and the shady spots are a nice place to plop down and enjoy the day. You can even have parties at the venue! How awesome!
Where? SASMEE (South Australian Society of Model and Experimental Engineers) is located on Millswood Crescent, Millswood. Their website is here and best checked before you visit as they sometimes cancel in wild or temperatures over 35C.
Who? Anyone! SASMEE is open to the public. Probably best suited to ages 3+ but younger kids will also love it and are able to ride the trains as long as they are held securely.
How much? It’s $7.00 entry fee per person (same price for adults and children) and then all rides are free (but make sure you’re polite if there’s a line up please, we know you will be.) EFTPOS now available at the gate. Kids under 2 are free.
It’s open to the public on the first Sunday and the third Saturday of each month, from 2-4pm. Gates open at 1:30pm, with first rides at 2pm and last rides stopping around 4:00 pm. The park closes at 5:00pm. Bookings online essential.