Royston and District Model Railway Club steams ahead with 30th year exhibition in Bassingbourn
PUBLISHED: 14:39 26 November 2016
Model railway enthusiasts flocked to Bassingbourn Village College at the weekend for the Royston and District Model Railway Club’s biggest ever exhibition.
Royston and District Model Railway Club's 30th year exhibition
Little Lyra, visiting from Cambridge, helps to operate the busy model layout belonging to Peter Rednall from Sudbury which depicts an imaginary village on the Sussex coast. Picture: Clive Porter
Scott Malone and son Alfie, admire the vast ‘00’ gauge layout by Daren Bilcock, which took 16 years to complete. Picture: Clive Porter
Broadgate, a fictitious town in the Thanet area of Kent and the brainchild of John Hose, boasts a tramway as well as a main line branch line and a fun fair. Picture: Clive Porter
Club member John Webber from Melbourn was offering a wide range of model card kits and sundries in ‘00’ and ‘N’ gauges. Picture: Clive Porter
Andrew Ward with his unusual American HO scale layout based on somewhere near Chicago in the 1960’s. Picture: Clive Porter
One of the many trade stands was WJ Vintage which Paul Lumsdon has been running for five years. Picture: Clive Porter
The 30th anniversary event saw more than 800 people go along to check out the 29 intricately-built layouts inside nine classrooms, and the hall with an outside running track laid on by the Royston and District Model Engineering Society – making a total number of exhibits rather fitting for the occasion.
This was much to the delight of exhibition manager Reg Hounsell.
“It was our biggest event to date,” he said. “We had everyone who booked to show their models turn up, and we were all set at the start time which was a challenge as we had lots of layouts to get in, including two which were 25 and 30 foot long.”
“I want to thank everyone who came along, the Model Engineering Society and the staff at Bassingbourn Village College.”
The model railway club meet every Friday upstairs in the Town House in Church End, Barley from 8.00pm to 10.30pm, and always welcome new members. Go to www.roystondmrc.co.uk or call 01763 271031 for more information.