Model railway club chuffed at new venue

Club members busy testing out on of their completed layouts. EMN-180330-155305001
Club members busy testing out on of their completed layouts. EMN-180330-155305001

Model railway enthusiasts are chuffed to bits with their roomy new venue.

Members of Sleaford Model Railway Club have just transferred to new premises at Ruskington Village Hall, having outgrown their old location at Osbournby Village hall.

Sleaford Model Railway Club's spacious new venue - Ruskington Village Hall. EMN-180330-155201001

Sleaford Model Railway Club's spacious new venue - Ruskington Village Hall. EMN-180330-155201001

Chairman Mark Bamford said the extra space and storage for the 32 members and their layouts, means less damage from having to take parts home.

He said: “We were worried about losing some members due to the move from south to north of Sleaford but we have not lost a single one.”

The club meets every Wednesday evening, mainly to work on new layouts, but then have a running night on the last Wednesday of the month.

Mark said: “It is a very friendly club. We don’t take ourselves too seriously. Railway enthusiasm is the second most popular hobby in the country”

Some of the detail in Eddie King's 'What if' layout. EMN-180330-155234001

Some of the detail in Eddie King's 'What if' layout. EMN-180330-155234001

They are building up to their second show to be held at St George’s Academy on June 2 after last year’s generated interest from as far as Ireland.

There are a number of displays for this year’s event including an industrial scene, another based on D-Day complete with air raid siren and another called ‘What If’ considering what might have happened if roads had not caught on. There is even one built inside an old suitcase with a Time Team archaeological dig.

Another side to the club’s work is ‘rescuing’ old layouts donated by relatives of enthusiasts who may have died. Mark said they will either take them on or advise on value for sale.

He said: “We have had four of them this year.”

Eddie King of Lincoln with a compact layout he was challenged to fit inside an old suitcase, which he takes to shows. EMN-180330-155334001

Eddie King of Lincoln with a compact layout he was challenged to fit inside an old suitcase, which he takes to shows. EMN-180330-155334001

Chris Richardson of Swaton with his rural layout. EMN-180330-155405001

Chris Richardson of Swaton with his rural layout. EMN-180330-155405001