IMES was founded in March 1945 and now has a healthy membership with a wide age span and varied engineering interests. It is an independent body with an annually elected committee, and is an associate member of the Southern Federation of Model Engineering societies. The society's clubhouse is located at 547 Foxhall Road (behind residential premises 543 and 545 Foxhall Road). Also located at this site is 350 foot continuous track for 3.5 inch and 5 inch gauges. The society meets every Tuesday evening between 7pm and 9pm in the clubhouse. This is an opportunity to meet other likeminded people interested in all aspects of model engineering. The club holds within its members a vast array of knowledge enabling experienced and inexperienced alike to share skills and information. Tuesday evening club night offers a chance to speak with other members in an informal atmosphere. The club also arranges informal workshops where small groups can receive training in specialized subjects.