If you are looking for a treat for dad this father’s day weekend, you could do far worse than choose the Gainsborough Model Railway.
There they can see the results of well over 60 years effort by society members to create a model railway that’s sheer scale takes first-time visitors by surprise, especially if their only experience has been a train set on the living room floor.
“Because our railway is based on the main line from London King’s Cross to Leeds Central, visiting us brings back memories for those who can remember that line in the days of steam,” said society chairman Chris Wragg.
“We can tell this from many of the comments people make as they look around.
“It’s not only the steam locomotives and trains, but also many of the stations themselves which have changed.
“Even those whose memories don’t go that far back may find reminders of their youth in the diesel locos on our railway, as well as steam locos they have seen on preserved railways or in museums.
“Railway modelling is a great inter-generational hobby. There are many people who had a train set on the carpet at home when they were young, and who only find the time and space to build the model railway they have always wanted when their children leave home or they retire and have the time and space to do something new.
“Joining the society allowed me to learn useful skills like woodworking and electrics, and even bricklaying and plumbing, as well as, over the years, the skills which have enabled me to build model engines and rolling stock”.
The railway, featuring a collection of more than 180 engines, including such famous names as Flying Scotsman and Mallard, can be seen when the clubrooms in Florence Terrace open this weekend, Saturday June 14 and Sunday June 15, from 1.30pm to 6pm.
Admission is £4 for adults, £3 for children and senior citizens or a family ticket for £10.
The railway needs ten people to operate it at any time, and there are many other jobs to be done too.
Members range from the teens to those in their 80s and anyone interested in joining should speak to a steward at the open day, contact the secretary Mick Clapham on 01427 615871, or go along to a club night any Monday or Thursday evening from 7.30pm.