Model train club toasts 50 years

The Wakefield Railway Modellers Society annual Wakefield Model Railway Show was held at Thornes Park Athletics Stadium, Wakefield, on Saturday. In the picture Calvin (correct) Green (society chairman) is seen here showing one of his model tramcars to visitor Andrew Barker, (11) of Lupset, Wakefield.
The Wakefield Railway Modellers Society annual Wakefield Model Railway Show was held at Thornes Park Athletics Stadium, Wakefield, on Saturday. In the picture Calvin (correct) Green (society chairman) is seen here showing one of his model tramcars to visitor Andrew Barker, (11) of Lupset, Wakefield.
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FROM the last days of steam to today’s two-miles-a-minute expresses, Britain’s railways have changed beyond recognition in the past half century.

And members of Wakefield Railway Modellers’ Society have been recreating those scenes in miniature detail for just as long.

This weekend, the society’s annual show marks the 50th anniversary of one of the biggest and longest-established model railway clubs in the country.

John Farline has been a member of the society since 1965 and is the second longest-serving member after club president Peter Dowd.

He said: “It started as an offshoot of Wakefield Model engineers Society, which runs the miniature railway in Thornes Park.

“Now we have more than 100 members and associates all over the country, which makes us one of the biggest in the UK.

“We meet at our clubhouse on Back Garden Street, which we built ourselves in two stages - the first part was in 1969, then we added a second floor in the 1970s.

“Members did almost all the work themselves – there were a lot of ‘builder’s widows’ at that time!”

Mr Farline said there were would be more than 20 layouts in operation at this weekend’s show, some built by society members, others from as far away as Cornwall.

Previous shows have showcased everything from working Lego trains to detailed models depicting the golden age of steam and the colourful modern railway.

The society aims to promote interest in railway modelling in various scales and eras

The show takes place at Thornes Park Stadium on Friday evening, then all day Saturday and Sunday.