The club was born in 1978 as a night school class at Birkdale High School. Subsequent meetings were held at Southport Zoo.
The search soon began for a suitable track site, and one was eventually found in Victoria Park. A five-hundred-foot 3.5 inch and 5 inch gauge railway track was established there in 1984.
A purpose-built club room was opened in the 1990s.
The club now has over 120 members. They range in experience from raw beginners, some of whom had never cut a piece of metal before joining the club, to professional engineers.
The most popular projects are live steam locomotives. Other interests include large-scale electric locomotives, model traction engines and stationary engines.