Alan stays on track

PeterFowler(Treasurer of Caistorail Club) and Alan Clarke next to the 'Ridsdale 2' layout. EMN-140710-103648001
PeterFowler(Treasurer of Caistorail Club) and Alan Clarke next to the 'Ridsdale 2' layout. EMN-140710-103648001
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The 11th annual railway show took place in Caistor Town Hall organised by the Caistorail Club.

And, despite the bad weather on Saturday, plenty of keen rail enthusiasts flocked from near and far to see the layouts on show as well as the trade stands and preservation societies.

A tombola was also held, raising £203.10 was for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Alan Clark (87) from Binbrook, a member since the club’s inception in 1994, has been made an honorary member and was proud to display ‘Ridsdale2 ‘ layout.

“The original Ridsdale was exhibited at Caistor in 2009 and again in 2012,” said Alan.

“Ridsdale 2 was built during the winter of 2013/14 to while away the cold dark days.

“Like Ridsdale, it is an imaginary place somewhere in deepest Yorkshire at the end of a branch line from a nearby town.

“To give more variety to trains, I have again included a secondary line through a nearby industrial area, which also has a connection to the LMS so is a joint route. This allows the odd LMS train to appear.

“In reality this would probably not have taken place, but in model railways anything is possible.

“The track work consists of salvaged material from a dismantled layout.

“The double slip and the three points nearest to it were all lifted, repaired and relaid. The other points were built from mostly salvaged material.

“Some buildings and other items are new and some of them recycled.”

The Caistorail Club meets weekly and are always keen to enrol new members.

For details, contact Chairman Dave Allen on 07870 367242.

Photos by Linda Oxley