Model trains are TV stars

Gainsborough Model Railway open days
Gainsborough Model Railway open days

Tourist attractions and museums will never turn down an opportunity to appear on television.

But the Gainsborough Model Railway Society recently received an unusual approach, according to society chairman Chris Wragg.

“The BBC wanted some shots of London’s Kings Cross station to feature in a programme about the Government’s proposals for a new high-speed railway and didn’t have anything suitable in stock so they asked if they could come and take some footage of our model of the station,” said Chris

“We were happy to oblige, although it did seem strange to be featuring a model of the railway fifty years and more ago to illustrate the railway of the future”.

Chris Wragg is well versed in the high-speed rail proposals: “In my day job, I’m in charge of transport planning for Northamptonshire County Council.

“I’m currently ploughing through some 46,000 pages of information looking to advise Northamptonshire councillors on both the impacts of the scheme on the communities near which it passes and also the benefits for other parts of the county of being able to run more trains on existing lines.

“The Government’s proposals do represent a huge investment in public money, and there is wide debate about whether or not this is the best way to spend money.

“But for Lincolnshire and surrounding areas it does offer scope to improve the number of trains stopping at stations like Retford, or for more trains from Kings Cross to Lincoln and possibly beyond”.

For those wishing to see these high speed trains of an earlier era, including such famous engines as Flying Scotsman, Mallard and the famous Deltic diesels, the last opportunity until next spring will be on the Saturday and Sunday between Christmas and New Year.

“Despite some unfavourable weather over the last few years, this has been one of our most successful openings, probably due to the limited number of attractions that are open at this time of year,” added Chris.

“So, this year we’ve decided to expand from one to two days.”

The open days will take place on Saturday, December 28 and Sunday, December 29 from 1.30pm to 6pm.

Admission is £4 for adults and £3 for children and senior citizens; family ticket £10.

The clubrooms are housed in an old Victorian school in Florence Terrace, near the Tesco car park.

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