Mystery loco to run at club open day

Gainsborough Model Railway
Gainsborough Model Railway

Anyone wanting to take a break from the Christmas shopping can head for Gainsborough to the Model Railway Society’s open day this Sunday, December 8.

Anyone wanting to take a break from the Christmas shopping can head for Gainsborough to the Model Railway Society’s open day this Sunday, December 8.

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

“Even those who have been before will normally find something new since their last visit.

“Although we build most of our own locomotives and stock, and I currently have a new loco and several wagons under way on my workbench at home, the standard and price of ready-to-run equipment being produced is such that it is difficult to resist

“I’ve recently made a new purchase and there will be a new mystery loco running at the open day, which none of the other members have yet seen, or know what it is.”

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

“All the old favourites will be running, including Flying Scotsman, and no less than 12 examples of the A4 class, of which the most famous Mallard has been celebrating the 75th its record-breaking run this year” added Chris.

The club rooms in Florence Terrace, a short walk from Marshall’s Yard and next door to the Tesco car park, will be open from 1.30pm to 6pm.

Admission is £4 and £3; family ticket £10.

And anyone who finds what they see is to their liking, the club is always keen to welcome new members, from the age of 14 upwards.

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