Model railway enthusiasts from all over the country turned up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a club in Wakefield.
The Wakefield Model Railway Show, at the end of November, marked the 50th anniversary of Wakefield Railway Modellers’ Society, which is one of the biggest and oldest model railway clubs in the country.
The longest serving members, John Farline and president Peter Dowd, were among those celebrating. They said they have seen the world of railways change dramatically over the years.
John explained the history of the society: “It started as an offshoot of Wakefield Model Engineers Society, which runs the miniature railway in Thornes Park.
“Now we have more than 100 members and associates all over the country, which makes us one of the biggest in the UK.
“We meet at our clubhouse on Back Garden Street, which we built ourselves in two stages. The first part was in 1969, then we added a second floor in the 1970s.
“Members did almost all the work themselves and there were a lot of builders’ widows at that time!”
The show was held over three days at Thornes Park Athletics Stadium, in Horbury Road, and included more than 20 layouts, some built by society members, others from enthusiasts across the country. The celebration also included demonstrations and stalls by specialist traders.
A show is held by the society every year and often includes a variety of styles, from working Lego trains to detailed models depicting the golden age of steam and the modern railway.