PICTURES: Club shows off model railways at annual exhibition in Sudbury
More than 450 people went along to Sudbury Model Railway Club’s annual exhibition held in the town on Saturday.
The event has been running for 38 years and attracted lots of interest from visitors to St Peter’s on Market Hill.
A total of 15 working layouts – some taking two or three years to build – were on display.
Some of the layouts were made by members of the Sudbury club, and some were brought to the event by clubs from elsewhere in the country.
Sudbury chairman Derek Reeve said visitors came from far and wide.
“We had club members come from Luton and St Neots,” he said.
“We also had someone from Cornwall who came up on the Friday to exhibit.
“We know that lots of people come back every year.”
Mr Reeve said that, despite the rain, the exhibition had been well received and well attended.
He added: “We had 450 people come along and we had some very nice comments from them. We were very grateful for the numbers, especially in view of the weather on the day.”
The exhibition featured a selection of different railway layouts, with steam, electric and O gauge model trains.
The layouts were a mixture of prototype and real scenes, and varied in size and scale, according to Mr Reeve.
There was also a selection of trade stands on offer to tempt visitors.
Sudbury Model Railway Club meets in Little Cornard Village Hall in Spout Lane every Friday at 7pm. Mr Reeve said new members are always welcome.
“Model railways are the second most popular hobby in the UK after football,” he added.