Model rail fans recreate Earby station

A massive model of a historic railway station is being created by Pendle Forest Model Railway Society – it’s Earby!

They are currently making a great progress and it will be on show at their annual exhibition in Colne, which is their golden 50th Anniversary event.

Photo: David Hurst' Members of Pendle Forest Model Railway Society creating a model of Earby Station. 'Chairman Stephen Whittaker with a model of The Station Pub

Photo: David Hurst' Members of Pendle Forest Model Railway Society creating a model of Earby Station. 'Chairman Stephen Whittaker with a model of The Station Pub

And the society’s secretary David Carter has made it clear they would like to hear from anyone who knows about the station area’s history and would like people to contact him.

The battle SELRAP are carrying out to get the railway re-opened between Colne and Skipton could result in Earby having a station again!

Mr Carter said: “In our model all the track system is in place, most of the ground contours have been formed and work has been started on both the railway buildings and the surrounding houses and shops.

“While we have a good deal of information from old plans and photographs, there are many details that we do not have. Consequently, we would like to appeal to the public for information they may have – very often people have photographs and memorabilia that would help us and personal reminiscences can often be of use in clarifying certain building and siting details.”

Anyone with information can contact Mr Carter on 07770 331348, write to him at 12 Ravens Grove, Reedley, Burnley BB10 2RD or email: cartersdad@ntlworld.com Any photographs or documents would be returned if need be.

Their layout is 20ft long and up to 8ft wide, although the key visibility is 2.5ft wide and includes lots of countryside and shops, plus the Station Hotel. It is a N-gauge model and set in the early 1950s.

Mr Carter said: “Ever keen to embrace new technology, we employed a 3D printer to create many of the buildings required for the Earby model. Using a computer graphics program to drive the printer it is possible to create buildings with very intricate detail and the results so far are most impressive!

“To watch the 3D printer at work is quite fascinating and we will have demonstrations of the printer in operation at our annual exhibition in November.”

The society’s 50th anniversary event is at Colne Park High School on November 15th and 16th and there will be many interesting models including Earby.

Further information is available from Mr Carter on his mobile.