Model Railway Open Days

Gainsborough Model Railway.
Gainsborough Model Railway.

THE FAMOUS Gainsborough Model Railway will be opening its doors to the public for some special open days this month.

Parents taking their children to see the popular ‘O’ gauge model railway, recently featured on TV and which takes up all of the former Victorian school, could find the addition of a train set to their childrens’ Christmas list after their visit.

“Many of our members started their hobby with a train set one Christmas morning,” said chairman Richard Woods, who has been building his own model railway collection since the age of seven.

“In fact, the origins of the society go back to when our late founder member George Hinchcliffe answered an advert for some more track for the train set he was assembling for his daughter Diane back in 1946.”

He continued: “With some 180 engines including Flying Scotsman and Mallardand over 400 items of rolling stock in our collection, running on half a mile of track, it is obvious that some of our younger visitors think that Christmas has come as soon as they come through the door, and their parents have great difficulty dragging them away. For those who are a little older there is the chance of getting more involved, with membership open from the age of fourteen upwards.”

Visitors young and old are welcome to the clubrooms on Florence Terrace, Gainsborough for the Gainsborough Model Railway Society Open Days on Sunday 9th and 30th December from 1.30pm to 6pm.

Admission is £4 for adults and £3 for children and senior citizens, with a family ticket for £10. For further information contact the secretary on 01427 615871 or email gmrscontact@gmail.com