SLIDESHOW: Wakefield Railway Modellers’ Society’s 52nd annual exhibition

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An award-winning model railway which starred in a television documentary helped attract thousands of visitors to a city exhibition.

The realistic layout set in Brittany, France, was part of Wakefield Railway Modellers’ Society’s 52nd show at Thornes Park.

The layout, called Pempoul, was designed by Somerset duo Gordon and Maggie Gravett and featured in a BBC documentary about model railways.

It is so much in demand that organisers had to secure its visit five years ago.

It was one of 19 layouts which went on display at the arena over the weekend.

Organiser Jamie Guest said: “It is so realistic that photos of it can easily be mistaken for the real thing.

“The event went very well with nearly 3,000 people attending the show from all parts of the country.

“This was not a foregone conclusion as malicious rumours that the show had been cancelled had been spread around the day it opened.

“However the society was very pleased with the attendance and feel that the show was a great success.

Specialist traders were also on hand to offer advice and sell goods. They included 
Going Loco of Outwood 
and Millennium Models of Morley.

Other layouts included one made by a team from RAF Kinloss, in Scotland, called Teeside Steel, that reflected the hot and grimy atmosphere of a steelworks.

Four models were also made by people from the Wakefield club. They included Troutons, an anagram of Stourton, which portrayed the modern day scene in the industrial Aire Valley.

Stephen Foster, of Ackworth, won the EPARM trophy for his portrayal of a scrap yard.

And the Visitors Cup went to Netherwood Sidings, 
from Nottingham, which based its layout on the 
now closed railway from Sheffield to Manchester via Penistone.

Plans for next years show are already in progress for the same venue.




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