Mark’s first loco is star turn at open day

The model shunting engine made by Mark Edwards
The model shunting engine made by Mark Edwards

A humble shunting engine took centre-stage at Gainsborough Model Railway Society’s first open day of they year.

The engine was the first to be built by member Mark Edwards.

Mark, who joined the Society three years ago said: “Having seen the models that other members had produced, I wanted to have a go and see what I could do myself.

“I had already built a couple of plastic wagon kits and a model lorry, but had never worked with brass.

“Our late secretary, Mick Clapham, who died last year, suggested that a tank engine would be good for a first attempt and so the project began.

“The engine is largely made from sheet brass, which has been pre-cut by chemical-etching, but still has to be formed to shape and soldered together.

“I have had to learn some new skills in putting the loco together, as it is quite different from what I normally do, but patience and perseverance have paid off.

“I have enjoyed the experience, and for my next project am embarking on an express passenger engine, a much bigger job.”

The society is always keen to welcome new members, with plenty of jobs to do such as maintaining, improving or just operating the railway.

Mark added: “Anybody who would like to join us should contact our secretary Barry Hodkinson on 01427 610475, or come down on a club night any Monday or Thursday evening from 7.30pm.”