Exhibit was rail good fun for train enthusiasts

Halifax Model Railway Club Exhibition at North Bridge Leisure Centre.'From the left, Harren Hunt, Reece Hunt, three, Matthew Hunt, 10, Joshua Hunt, Two, and Janine Clarke.

Halifax Model Railway Club Exhibition at North Bridge Leisure Centre.'From the left, Harren Hunt, Reece Hunt, three, Matthew Hunt, 10, Joshua Hunt, Two, and Janine Clarke.

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Over 1,500 enthusiasts made tracks to North Bridge Leisure Centre for Halifax Model Railway Club’s 41st Model Railway Exhibition.

The two-day weekend event saw 18 layouts from across Britain on show, depicting modern scenes, Victorian England and the American deep south.

All proceeds from the family-friendly event will go towards enabling the club to build more layouts, but more importantly - according to exhibition manager Geoff Bridge - the show was about inspiring novices to take up the hobby.

Geoff said: “It’s been reasonably busy over the whole time. We have had a steady flow. We have had a nice mixture of young and old. We have finished up with a reasonable support because we have used Twitter and Facebook for the first time, but the majority of people have had grey hair!

“A lot of people who came throughout the weekend are novices and they’re wanting a good day out and they’re perhaps looking to start their own model railway. Hopefully, this event has been enjoyable for them and shown them what can be achieved.”

As well as boasting 18 individual layouts - with exhibitors coming from Cornwall, Exeter, Staffordshire, Rawtenstall, Doncaster, Sutton and Calderdale - there were also trade stalls supplying everything for the novice and the expert.