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Full steam ahead for model railway show at King’s Lynn

A tiny harbour branch line at the model railway exhibition in King�s Lynn. Photo: Chris Bishop

A tiny harbour branch line at the model railway exhibition in King�s Lynn. Photo: Chris Bishop

Chris Bishop

All lines led to Lynn as model railway fans from across the region flocked to see a feast of layouts.

Tiny trains run through lovingly-created scenery at the model railway exhibition in King�s Lynn. Photo: Chris BishopTiny trains run through lovingly-created scenery at the model railway exhibition in King�s Lynn. Photo: Chris Bishop

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.

Ron Bailey�s Rock Island Line at the model railway exhibition in King�s Lynn. Photo: Chris BishopRon Bailey�s Rock Island Line at the model railway exhibition in King�s Lynn. Photo: Chris Bishop

“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.

Diesels at a miniature depot at the model railway exhibition in King�s Lynn. Photo: Chris BishopDiesels at a miniature depot at the model railway exhibition in King�s Lynn. Photo: Chris Bishop

“It’s situated in East Anglia but not anywhere in particular,” said founder Brian Baylis.

Diesels at a miniature depot at the model railway exhibition in King�s Lynn. Photo: Chris BishopDiesels at a miniature depot at the model railway exhibition in King�s Lynn. Photo: Chris Bishop

A finely-detailed engine at the model railway exhibition in King�s Lynn. Photo: Chris BishopA finely-detailed engine at the model railway exhibition in King�s Lynn. Photo: Chris Bishop

A more modern locomotive runs past a grimy city car park in miniature at the model railway exhibition in King�s Lynn. Photo: Chris BishopA more modern locomotive runs past a grimy city car park in miniature at the model railway exhibition in King�s Lynn. Photo: Chris Bishop

A Swiss mountain layout with spectacular scenery at the model railway exhibition in King�s Lynn. Photo: Chris BishopA Swiss mountain layout with spectacular scenery at the model railway exhibition in King�s Lynn. Photo: Chris Bishop

Wisbech Model Rail Club spent 13 years building their layout which they had on show at the model railway exhibition in King�s Lynn. Photo: Chris BishopWisbech Model Rail Club spent 13 years building their layout which they had on show at the model railway exhibition in King�s Lynn. Photo: Chris Bishop

One of the intricate layouts on show at the model railway exhibition in King�s Lynn. Photo: Chris BishopOne of the intricate layouts on show at the model railway exhibition in King�s Lynn. Photo: Chris Bishop

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