Full steam ahead at Ely and District Model Railway Club's 38th annual exhibition

PUBLISHED: 12:26 23 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:52 23 May 2016

Ely Model Railway Club held its 38th annual exhibition. Harry and Lilly Bell take a train ride with driver Jim Bowden. Picture: Steve Williams.

Ely Model Railway Club held its 38th annual exhibition. Harry and Lilly Bell take a train ride with driver Jim Bowden. Picture: Steve Williams.

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Steam and train lovers united at the 38th annual exhibition run by Ely and District Model Railway Club.

Among the displays on show at Ely Community College on Saturday were architectural models, railway layouts and large scale models.

Organiser Malcolm Hine said: “It went very well, nearly 1,000 people came on the day and we received lots of compliments about the exhibits.

“Thanks to all who visited us, exhibitors as well as public.

Ely Model Railway Club held its 38th annual exhibition. Left: Peter Wright and Adrian Wright, B17 Steam  Locomotive Trust. Picture: Steve Williams.Ely Model Railway Club held its 38th annual exhibition. Left: Peter Wright and Adrian Wright, B17 Steam Locomotive Trust. Picture: Steve Williams.

“We hope everyone had a great time. We apologise that The Fenland Light Railway (one of the exhibitors who usually have a circle of track outside) were unable to attend due to sudden family and health issues. They should be back next year.

“The traction engine and ride on steam trains by Peterborough Model Engineers were as popular as ever.

“The best layout was Sutton as voted for by the public.

Ely Model Railway Club held its 38th annual exhibition. Left Bob Elmore and Terry Jordon from Ely and District Model Railway Club.Picture: Steve Williams.Ely Model Railway Club held its 38th annual exhibition. Left Bob Elmore and Terry Jordon from Ely and District Model Railway Club.Picture: Steve Williams.

“Thanks for voting and we hope to see some of you again in May 2017… which will be our 39th annual exhibition.”

Exhibitor Howard Leader said: “The club is busy and full of people who have proven construction skills.

“They are creating some very good work and the footfall on the day is a great example of how popular model railways are.”

Ely Model Railway Club held its 38th annual exhibition. Picture: Steve Williams.Ely Model Railway Club held its 38th annual exhibition. Picture: Steve Williams.

As well as model displays, a traction engine offered rives around the car park for the children.

“A lot of people were making it a family day out,” Mr Leader added.

“Boys, especially, love the movement and motion of the trains and take that with them to study construction at college – so there is an outward benefit to clubs and exhibitions like this.”

For more information about the club and exhibition visit www.elymrc.org.uk

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