Railway show a model success

St Mary's Parish Centre hosted the Mirfield model railway exhibition, which is raising money for Mirfield Parish Church Choir Guild. Full of model railway enthusiasts and families who came to see the exhibition. Rachel Firth has a go at driving a train with her sons Jonah and Issaac. (d230511121)

St Mary's Parish Centre hosted the Mirfield model railway exhibition, which is raising money for Mirfield Parish Church Choir Guild. Full of model railway enthusiasts and families who came to see the exhibition. Rachel Firth has a go at driving a train with her sons Jonah and Issaac. (d230511121)

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A MODEL railway exhibition in Mirfield proved a hit with enthusiasts and families alike.

The exhibition, hosted for the second year running by St Mary’s Choir Guild, attracted more than 500 visitors.

Organiser Peter Dransfield MBE said: “It was absolutely wonderful. We had 500-plus visitors, which is really good for a one-day show. It’s wonderful for Mirfield and for the hobby.”

The event at St Mary’s Parish Centre on Saturday featured around 30 different layouts, with some brought from as far away as Winchester, Leicestershire and Somerset.

Young visitors took turns running a Thomas the Tank Engine set, while animal lovers watched Bernese mountain dogs pulling carts outside.

Mr Dransfield said the layouts on show were of an excellent standard.

“There were some lovely railways,” he said. “A lot of these people are expert modellers and they’ve built up their expertise over the years. Some of their modelling is out of this world. It’s just fantastic.”

The exhibition, held in aid of the choir guild, raised £1,600.

Mr Dransfield said: “The choir guild has been going for a long, long time and this money will go towards buying new sets of music, which doesn’t come cheap these days, and robes for new members. It will be put to very good use.”

He said next year’s show had already been set for May 19 following the positive feedback from visitors and exhibitors from across the country.

“I got an email this week from a gentleman in Scotland who had been and said what a wonderful day he had had,” said Mr Dransfield. “We even had a visiting vicar who brought up a railway set from Leicester. There’s a lot of interest in this hobby.”

For more pictures from the event, see today’s Reporter.