The popular Gainsborough Model Railway opens its doors to the public this bank holiday weekend.
The end of the Second World War, seventy years ago, meant most surviving servicemen would soon return to their homes and families to make to resume their lives in the civilian world.
A few of those young men, in their 20s, would go on to found the Gainsborough Model Railway Society, which celebrates its 70th anniversary next year.
“It is easy to see why they have recently been dubbed Britain’s greatest generation,” said society chairman Chris Wragg. “Our founding members, sadly now no longer with us, created something that has lasted and has now given great benefit and entertainment to several generations.
“Another young man of that generation in the London area, by the name of Ian Allan, who died earlier this year on the eve of this 93rd birthday, had started to publish list of locomotives even before the end of the war.
“His booklets led to the great popularity of loco-spotting in the post-war years, and for many of our members, loco-spotting and model railways were closely linked in the early enthusiasm.”
From those simple beginnings, many of the members who started as schoolboys, sometimes decades ago, have gone on to develop the skills taken to build models, the woodwork and electrics needed for the railways itself.
“Our railway hobby has also taken us to visit places at home and abroad that we might not have otherwise reached”, added Chris, who has just returned from a summer holiday which saw him explore some of Austria’s railways.
But for those looking for somewhere closer to home to visit this bank holiday weekend, the model railway, which has half-a-mile of track and needs at least ten people to operate it, will be open to the public at the clubrooms in Florence Terrace, close to Gainsborough’s Tesco superstore.
Opening times are: Saturday 29 and Sunday 30, 1.30pm - 6pm; Monday 31 10.30am - 6pm.
Admission is £4 for adults and £3 for children and senior citizens, with a family ticket for £10.