Toy train causes a stir at Norfolk Railway Society show
PUBLISHED: 06:30 23 February 2015
Copyright: Archant 2015
It was a case of full steam ahead for model rail buffs at a popular annual event.
Dozens of enthusiasts young and old packed into the Norfolk Railway Society’s 21st annual show.
The event, held at the United Reformed Church Hall, Ipswich Road, Norwich, celebrated the region’s rich railway heritage and featured a number of displays.
One of the more unusual attractions was a 16mm live steam model called Baby Sivok.
The model, believed to be one of only three in the world, is based on a train which was bought by the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in 1882.
Keith Froom, of the Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers, said the model had “caused quite a bit of interest”.
“We have been very pleased,” said Mr Froom, who was at the show for the first time as an exhibitor.
But it was not just exhibitors who turned out on Saturday.
Michael Ottaway, 49, from Salhouse, was one of a number of visitors to the show.
Mr Ottaway, who brought along his children, Rose, nine, and William, seven, said it was great to “relive his childhood”.
“I’m interested in model railways and I think it’s great. I’ve never been to this show, but I would certainly come again.”
His children also gave the event the thumbs up with both of them enjoying the garden layout and Lego train.
Peter Willis, one of the organisers of the show put on by the 1955-formed Norfolk Railway Society, said there was something for everyone.
He said: “What makes this different from anything else is the atmosphere and the whole idea of railways – it’s not just models – we have the whole lot here.”
As well as 11 model layouts and live steam models the show also included archive railway footage and pictures.
There were also a number of other railway groups in attendance including Bure Valley Railway, Barton House and the Norwich Model Railway Club.
The well-established Norfolk Railway Society hosts regular meetings in Norwich, ranging from the informal to presentations with slides or film from guest speakers.
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