Model exhibition for rail fans

Sheffield Model Railway Entusiasts Exhibition 'A visiting youngster takes a closer look at one of the models on show
Sheffield Model Railway Entusiasts Exhibition 'A visiting youngster takes a closer look at one of the models on show

MORE than 20 model railway layouts were on display at an exhibition in Sheffield that attracted enthusiasts from across region – and some from across the country.

“We get between 1,000 and 2,000 people coming through,” said Kevin Rayworth, of Sheffield Model Railway Enthusiasts, who managed the event at Birkdale School, Broomhill.

“The families stay for an hour or an hour and a half. But the real enthusiasts will stay most of the day.”

Kevin, aged 61, an architect, who became interested from the age of six, said: “It’s a hobby that uses all sorts of skills. From the carpentry and woodwork of putting the base together, to the engineering and fiddling with the engines, getting the electrics right, and the artwork of designing the scenery of the layouts.

“There is also the history of it, making the sets fit the period.”

The exhibition was held last Saturday and Sunday.

The society meets at Carterknowle Methodist Church rooms in Edgedale Road every Tuesday and Thursday evening. New members are welcome.