Crowds turn out for Royston & District Model Railway Club exhibition

PUBLISHED: 06:55 20 November 2018

Little Jessica Hobman watching the American Rock Island Line. Picture: Clive Porter

Little Jessica Hobman watching the American Rock Island Line. Picture: Clive Porter

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More than 700 visitors turned out for the 32nd exhibition of the Royston & District Model Railway Club, held at Bassingbourn Village College on Saturday.

Eric Peake with the Royston club’s own 009 gauge lay out. Picture: Clive PorterEric Peake with the Royston club’s own 009 gauge lay out. Picture: Clive Porter

The crowds were treated to 26 working layouts, nine demonstrations, and trade stands offering a wide selection of new and used items.

Outside, the Royston & District Model Engineers Club provided rides on both a steam locomotive, and – for the first time at the show – a model traction engine.

Alex Tatlow shunts locos around the Motive Power Depot “00” layout. Picture: Clive PorterAlex Tatlow shunts locos around the Motive Power Depot “00” layout. Picture: Clive Porter

The model railway club’s Reg Hounsell said: “We are especially grateful to local families who have regularly supported our event throughout the years.

“The show represents a wide sphere of the many various gauges, and layout sizes available. We have clubs from all over the country exhibiting with us, the largest layout furthest to travel was from Manchester.

Arthur Rowland with a busy American scene at Red Hook Bay.Picture: Clive PorterArthur Rowland with a busy American scene at Red Hook Bay.Picture: Clive Porter

“We are also very proud that our own club layout – Royston Wharf – and a number of other displays, had been reviewed in the Railway Modeller magazine, and another, the inspiration of Laurie Calvert, appeared on the recent Great Railway Model Challenge on Channel 5.

“We would like to thank everyone who attended.”

David Hamilton with a “00” gauge layout - the model was influenced by the north east of England in the mid 1940s and was built by Derek Bunting. Picture: Clive PorterDavid Hamilton with a “00” gauge layout - the model was influenced by the north east of England in the mid 1940s and was built by Derek Bunting. Picture: Clive Porter

For more on Royston & District Model Railway Club go to www.roystondmrc.co.uk.

Edward Sadler makes some last minute adjustments to a loco on his gauge 3 garden railway display at the 32nd Royston & District Model Railway Club exhibition at Bassingbourn Village College on Saturday. Picture: Clive PorterEdward Sadler makes some last minute adjustments to a loco on his gauge 3 garden railway display at the 32nd Royston & District Model Railway Club exhibition at Bassingbourn Village College on Saturday. Picture: Clive Porter

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