Model way to take a break from shopping

Gainsborough Model Railway EMN-140112-092734001
Gainsborough Model Railway EMN-140112-092734001

Anyone wanting to take a break from Christmas shopping should head for the Gainsborough Model Railway Society’s open day next Sunday, December 7, according to society chairman Chris Wragg.

“If anyone hasn’t visited us before, they’ll almost certainly find a model railway far larger than anything they’ve seen before,” he said.

“Representing the line from London King’s Cross to Leeds in the days of steam and the early days of diesels, our railway has half-a-mile of track and takes ten signalmen to operate it.

“Our collection features 190 locomotives and more than 400 carriages and wagons.”

But for those who can’t escape from shopping entirely, the railway is situated only a short walk from the town centre, Marshall’s Yard and next door to Tesco’s car park.

“The members are always working on the railway, and there is always something new for people to see if they have been before,” added Chris.

“All the old favourites from our collection of locomotives will be running including Flying Scotsman, and no less than twelve examples of the A4 class, of which the most famous Mallard has been celebrating the 75th.

“If anyone finds what they see is to their liking, we’re always keen to welcome new members, from the age of 14 upwards.”

Anyone interested can speak to a steward at the open day, contact the secretary Mick Clapham on 01427 615871, or go along on a club night, any Monday or Thursday evening from 7.30pm.

The open day runs from 1.30pm to 6pm at the clubrooms in Florence Terrace.

Admission is £4 for adults and £3 for children and senior citizens. A family ticket costs £10.