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

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

A tiny harbour branch line at the model railway exhibition in Kings Lynn. Photo: Chris Bishop - Credit: Chris Bishop

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

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

A tiny harbour branch line at the model railway exhibition in Kings Lynn. Photo: Chris Bishop - Credit: 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.

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

A tiny harbour branch line at the model railway exhibition in Kings Lynn. Photo: Chris Bishop - Credit: 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.

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'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.

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

A tiny harbour branch line at the model railway exhibition in Kings Lynn. Photo: Chris Bishop - Credit: Chris Bishop

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

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

A tiny harbour branch line at the model railway exhibition in Kings Lynn. Photo: Chris Bishop - Credit: Chris Bishop

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

A tiny harbour branch line at the model railway exhibition in Kings Lynn. Photo: Chris Bishop - Credit: Chris Bishop

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

A tiny harbour branch line at the model railway exhibition in Kings Lynn. Photo: Chris Bishop - Credit: Chris Bishop

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

A tiny harbour branch line at the model railway exhibition in Kings Lynn. Photo: Chris Bishop - Credit: Chris Bishop

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

A tiny harbour branch line at the model railway exhibition in Kings Lynn. Photo: Chris Bishop - Credit: Chris Bishop

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

A tiny harbour branch line at the model railway exhibition in Kings Lynn. Photo: Chris Bishop - Credit: Chris Bishop

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

A tiny harbour branch line at the model railway exhibition in Kings Lynn. Photo: Chris Bishop - Credit: Chris Bishop