Model railways attract the crowds

HAND-built steam model railway lay-outs were among the attractions at an exhibition at Felixstowe.

HAND-built steam model railway lay-outs were among the attractions at an exhibition at Felixstowe.

The event was part of the Steam Returns to Felixstowe weekend organised by the Lions Club of Felixstowe in conjunction with railway enthusiasts.

There was a steady flow of visitors to the main hall of the resort's leisure centre to enjoy the displays, which included a variety of working model track lay-outs, some based on real railways and others imagined by their owners.

The main attractions were those lay-outs set up and run by the East Anglian branch of the Gauge One Model Railway Association, who build their own steam-driven engines and rolling stock, and the Felixstowe N Gauge Model Railway Club.


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In addition, there were static displays of photos and memorabilia from the days of steam, and models, on show from a variety of different clubs and societies.

Fred Last, who runs the Kirton Light Railway around his garden and holds regular fundraising open days for charity, also brought a display and a quarter-size working traction engine.

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All proceeds from the event will go to charities supported by the Lions.

The club, which is now working flat out in preparation for switching on the resort's Christmas lights, was delighted with the support for the weekend.

Did you enjoy the model railway exhibition? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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