Always well supported, the annual Royston and District Model Railway Club’s Exhibition, their 33rd such event, at Bassingbourn College on Saturday was particularly active, bustling with not only enthusiasts and exhibitors, but also a more than generous attendance of families.
They were treated to an absorbing display of magnificent painstkingly built layouts which ranged from the tiny ‘N’ gauge layouts, such as the unique suitcase size exhibits of Ian Redmore, (33 to date,which have been in construction since 2006), to the transisionary steam to diesel period 7 mm scale ‘Docklands’, which had taken Luton Model Railway Club member, Andrew Jones, some 18 months to build.
There was the mythical and amusing Tudor railway called Nonsuch, and numerous U.S. type layouts such as Geeksville which Daniel Bonham had created to reminisce a Union Pacific Railroad Depot.
In all there were over 20 displays, but there were also plenty of traders offering models and accesories, booksellers (with Bob Pearman making a welcoming return with a large stock of railway publications), and Society’s appealing for help to rebuild famous steam locos.
Secretary, Peter Schofield, thanks all the visitors, enthusiasts, and stall holders for their hard work and support, and stated that he was very impressed with the large numbers of the younger generation that had attended the event this year.
The Club meets most Friday evenings at the Town House in Barley, and anyone interested in attending or joining the Club should call either 07810 562828 or 01223 440111.
More information can be found on our website www.roystondmrc.co.uk
Photographs and text: Clive Porter