Sneak picture preview: Modellers on track to reveal railway layout

It has been four years in the making, but next month a model layout of Market Rasen Station will finally be revealed.

Members of the Rase Model Railway Group have been beavering away behind closed doors to recreate the town’s station area from the 1960s in miniature.

The dedicated band of rail enthusiasts have used original track plans to make sure everything is spot on and have built everything from scratch.

And who would have thought dog food and porridge boxes could be put to such good use?

“Rather than creating an imaginary layout, we wanted to do something real - and what better than Market Rasen,” said member Keith Franklin.

The group has just eight members, but everyone has used their own skills to build the layout.

“It is something that will appeal to both rail and local history enthusiasts,” added group member Brian Ward, whose book on the history of Market Rasen Station, published by Rase Heritage, has been used for reference.

When the group first formed, meetings were held in St Thomas’s Church Rooms, so it was only when they found larger premises their dream of building the Rasen layout could finally be realised.

Now the group has something to be proud of.

The layout even has two guises - showing the station pre-1940s when it had an overall roof and later without a roof, allowing contemporary trains for each time period to run on the tracks.

For a sneak preview of more of the layout log on to www.marketrasenmail.co.uk. But to see it in all its glory, visit the Feast of Model Railways event in the Festival Hall on Saturday, September 6.

Organised by Market Rasen Rotary Club, the event runs from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

As well as the Market Rasen Layout, Also on show will be a large model of Lincoln Station, and six other model railway layouts, including a model of a Victorian hospital railway, entitled ‘Hospital Gates’.

The exhibition, supported by the model trade, will also feature demonstrations of the modellers art, including Ruth Frampton from Grimsby, showing how to make model scenery, and well-known BBC personality, Howard Leader (BBC That’s Life and BBC Radio Lincolnshire) who is an accomplished modeller of buildings.