Ely club’s annual event is a steaming success

Ely model railway club annual exhibiton. Ely crossing and bridge. Picture: Steve Williams.

Ely model railway club annual exhibiton. Ely crossing and bridge. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

A replica of Ely’s notorious railway bridge complete with a van stuck underneath it was among the layouts at the annual Ely Model Railway Club’s exhibition at the weekend.

Ely model railway club annual exhibiton. Chaiman of the Ely & District model railway club. Andy Wilk

Ely model railway club annual exhibiton. Chaiman of the Ely & District model railway club. Andy Wilkinson Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

There were 14 layouts in total on display including the one of Ely station and its bridge for members of the public to admire.

Visitors to the exhibition were also invited to vote for their favourite display and the winner was Sad Burdett from Norfolk with his layout entitled Salmon Pastures for which he won a commemorative plaque.

Members of the club together with around 60 invited guests from around the country were present with their tracks and also larger trains that were offering steam rides outside in the grounds of Ely College.

Club chairman Andy Wilkinson said: “It was very successful with a lot of people coming along. The Ely layout caused a few laughs among the visitors and the train rides were also popular.”

The event, which has been held almost every year since the club was formed in 1977, aims to show-off what the club does and to help raise funds for rent on its meeting room.

Security issues mean the club’s meeting venue is kept private but anyone interested in finding out more and joining should visit the website at www.elymrc.org.uk