Full steam ahead for model railway show at King’s Lynn
All lines led to Lynn as model railway fans from across the region flocked to see a feast of layouts.
They were on show at Lynnsport in an exhibition organised by King’s Lynn Model Railway Club.
As well as time-honoured steam and diesel models, Ron Bailey brought his Rock Island Line, Chica, Illinois all the way from Milton Keynes for the day.
“I’ve got family in Chicago and when I visited them, that’s where the interest came from,” he said.
The 60-year-old rail worker’s layout featured details like rotating advertising hoardings and air conditioning fans on the junction’s weathered buildings.
“What I want to do is get a bloke on a rocking chair rocking backwards and forwards,” he said. “I reckon I could do it.”
Terry Durrant, 84, brought his collection of tin plate trains - some of them older than him - to display.
“My first engine cost me £2 and six Shillings,” said the retired railway worker, from Norwich. “My wages were £2, one Shilling and 10 pence.”
Layouts large and small were labours of love. Wisbech Model Railway Club’s dozen or so members spent 13 years assembling theirs.
“It’s situated in East Anglia but not anywhere in particular,” said founder Brian Baylis.