Make tracks to railway society’s memorial open day

GAINSBOROUGH Model Railway Society will be holding a special open day over the Easter weekend as a tribute to founder member George Hinchcliffe, who died in September, and president Alan Pegler, who died last month.

Society secretary Mick Clapham said the two first met at an exhibition to celebrate the centenary of the main line through Retford in 1952 and quickly started to run special trains together.

Mick travelled on the first, to celebrate the centenary of Doncaster locomotive works the following year, and later helped to organise the trains.

He said this train, and others which Alan organised for employees at the Northern Rubber Company, helped to give the society confidence to organise its own special trains which are fondly remembered today.

The Easter opening will show recreations of many of the special trains which George or Alan organised from the early 1950s through to the 1980s.

Chairman Richard Woods said, “This will be a unique opportunity for people to come and see some different engines and trains running on our railway, as well as old favourites.”

The open day will take place at the clubrooms in Florence Terrace on April 7 and 8, from 1.30pm-6pm, and on Easter Monday from 10.30am-6pm.

Admission is £4 adults, £3 senior citizens and children £3, £10 family (2+2).

Details: 01427 615871.