Full steam ahead at Royston & District Model Railway Club exhibition in Bassingbourn

PUBLISHED: 12:35 29 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:55 29 November 2017

Tony Fookes displays Peter Rednall’s “009” gauge layout of a fictional narrow gauge railway in Suffolk. Picture: Clive Porter

Tony Fookes displays Peter Rednall’s “009” gauge layout of a fictional narrow gauge railway in Suffolk. Picture: Clive Porter

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Model railway enthusiasts flocked to Bassingbourn Village College at the weekend for the Royston & District Model Railway Club’s 31st exhibition.

A French narrow gauge 1/32nd scale set in Mers-Le-Bains. Picture: Clive PorterA French narrow gauge 1/32nd scale set in Mers-Le-Bains. Picture: Clive Porter

It was the sixth time the club had put on the exhibition at the school in South End.

Club exhibition manager Reg Hounsell, who organised the event, told the Crow: “We had 54 stands and 29 working layouts at the exhbition – the biggest was 30ft long, and the smallest fit in a suitcase.

“Outside we had a train locomotive by the Royston Model Engineering Society. They did very well and they had still people wanting rides at 4.30pm.

Edward Lancaster operates a railcar through the goods yard of the Gas Lane layout. Picture: Clive PorterEdward Lancaster operates a railcar through the goods yard of the Gas Lane layout. Picture: Clive Porter

“We had a very good turnout, what was exceptional was the number of children who came with parents far and above the number in the past. It made for a really lovely atmosphere.

“We do appreciate BVC allow us to visit there, everyone says how nice the college is and how much they enjoy having it there.”

The club normally meets every Friday, upstairs in the Town House in Church End, Barley from 8pm to 10.30pm.

Owen Tharp with Robin French operating the Orford Quay display. Picture: Clive PorterOwen Tharp with Robin French operating the Orford Quay display. Picture: Clive Porter

See www.roystondmrc.co.uk for more information.


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