More than 600 visit annual Model Railway Show in Rickinghall

Rickenhall Village Hall hosts its annual Model Railway exhibition.            FL; Ron Chamberlian and Alf Parish from Diss model railway society make alterations to their track. ANL-150405-191733009
Rickenhall Village Hall hosts its annual Model Railway exhibition. FL; Ron Chamberlian and Alf Parish from Diss model railway society make alterations to their track. ANL-150405-191733009

The long history of locomotive railways was brought to life in miniature form at the weekend for the annual Model Railway Show in Rickinghall.

More than 600 visitors of all persuasions, from the casual family observers to the hardcore hobbyists, turned out at Rickinghall Village Hall on Saturday, where there were a plethora of vendors and attractions, including 17 meticulously-constructed operational model railway layouts.

Rickenhall Village Hall hosts its annual Model Railway exhibition.            FL; ANL-150405-191932009

Rickenhall Village Hall hosts its annual Model Railway exhibition. FL; ANL-150405-191932009

Bob Clark, village hall chairman, told the Diss Express: “We were delighted with it. Generally, the feedback has been extremely positive and the traders seemed to do very well.

“We tried to make it more of a family event and we seemed to attract a lot of different kinds of people, not just the enthusiasts, so I think it was a success. It was very busy all day - the ladies in the café said they were going flat out from start to finish.”

The event, run jointly by Diss and District Model Railway Society and the village hall, saw many owners share their knowledge and expertise of the layouts with attendees, with notable exhibits including an American O Gauge display, which Mr Clark described as a “stand out attraction” that gained a lot of attention.

Meanwhile, vendors spread across the hall and a large adjoining marquee outside provided model-building workshops and sold various items, such as model locomotives, rolling stock, equipment, accessories and model scenery, as well as books, DVDs, artwork, cards and prints with a railway theme.

Rickenhall Village Hall hosts its annual Model Railway exhibition.            FL; ANL-150405-191759009

Rickenhall Village Hall hosts its annual Model Railway exhibition. FL; ANL-150405-191759009

Children also got their hands on a special ‘Thomas 2’ layout, whilst there was also a raffle featuring dozens of prizes donated by traders and specialist railway societies, with the winner walking away with a brand new Hornby Peppercorn ‘K1’ 2-6-0 locomotive, usually priced at around £120.