Full steam ahead as Derek marks 30 years on tracks

'Long Tom' can be seen at Gainsborough Model Railway over the Bank Holiday Weekend
'Long Tom' can be seen at Gainsborough Model Railway over the Bank Holiday Weekend

TRAIN enthusiasts can take a peek at a new engine when Gainsborough Model Railway opens its doors to the public this Bank Holiday weekend.

The society’s most prolific loco-building member, Derek Simmonds, marks his 30 years output with the arrival of a Great Northern Railway freight engine, known as a Long-Tom because of the length of its boiler.

“Derek brought his first locomotive to the society back in 1983, having switched to modelling in 0 gauge and wanting somewhere to run it,” said society chairman Richard Woods.

“He has since brought engines on a regular basis, so we now have 71 examples of his work in our collection.”

While loco building is his main contribution to the society, Derek has been able to turn his hand to most things, and there are quite a few carriages and wagons which he has built, as well as track work and buildings.

“Not only do people come from all over the world to see our model railway, but the fact that members like Derek, from Melton Mowbray, travel from around the country to help man our exhibitions is a reflection of how well regarded our society is,” added Richard.

The open days will take place at the clubrooms in Florence Terrace this Saturday, August 25, and Sunday, August 26, from 1.30pm-6pm, while on Monday, August 27, there is an earlier opening from 10.30am-6pm.

Admission is £4 for adults and £3 for children and senior citizens, with a family ticket for £10.

For further information call 01427 615871 or email: richardwoods75@btinternet.com