Pendle Forest hosts 50th annual model rail display

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Pendle Forest Model Railway Society had its highly-successful 50th annual exhibition at the weekend - and it included its big new model of the railway which ran through Earby in the past!

Comments written by visitors included these thoughts: “An excellent exhibition with a wide variety of layouts”, “A good show with plenty of interesting things for the children” – and “Your best exhibition ever”!

Eric Fenwick from the OO Live Steam group at the Pendle Forest Model Railway Society's 50th annual exhibition.

Eric Fenwick from the OO Live Steam group at the Pendle Forest Model Railway Society's 50th annual exhibition.

The exhibition was held at Colne Park High School with lots of people going along to see model railways in operation.

Because of changes at the school there was more room and the society had over 20 model railway displays on show. There were working models based on English, French and American railways in scales from the smallest, N-gauge, to the very impressive G-scale.

The amazing layouts included the realistic “Stamford Edge”, the new Earby scene, one which was highly lit up and lots of others. There were small live steam engines running, and you could see large Ribble Valley Live Steamers’ models.

Secretary Mr David Carter said: “The society’s model of Earby aroused a good deal of interest and the people commented on the range of detail on the layout. There was a large display from the OO Live Steam Roadshow where people were able to try their hand at driving a steam-powered locomotive, while the smallest exhibit was an N-gauge layout built on an ironing table!”

Pendle Forest Model Railway Society's 50th annual exhibition.

Pendle Forest Model Railway Society's 50th annual exhibition.

The event was busy throughout the weekend and exhibitors were kept busy entertaining the public and answering their questions. There were several traders at the show as well as the society’s own sales stand.

Visitors were asked to vote for their favourite layout and this year’s award went to a French layout built by the Club Ferroviaire de Creil et Environs, a model railway group based in Pendle’s twin town Creil, with whom the Pendle Forest MRS has a very active involvement.

In the run-up to the show the society announced a colouring competition in Leader Times Newspapers and at the end of the show the winner was Dominic Fletcher from Colne who received a train set and a 50th Anniversary Souvenir Wagon. Runners up were Owen Fletcher (Colne) and Joe Smales (Nelson), who received souvenir wagons.

The society was privileged to be visited by Pendle’s MP Andrew Stephenson and Mayor and Mayoress, Coun. Graham Roach and Mrs Joanna Sagar, who each spent some time looking round the exhibition and talking to exhibitors.

Mr Carter said: “We have had a most enjoyable 50th Anniversary year and the exhibition was the finale of our celebrations. It was a most successful show and everyone present had a thoroughly enjoyable time.

“We are grateful for all the support we received before and during the event – from friends and families, fellow railway modellers and societies, traders, local press and media plus special thanks to all those supported us by visiting our show.”