King’s Lynn model railway club sends out a signal to new recruits

King's Lynn Model Railway Club, meeting at Grimston Village Hall'One of the Loco's coming out from the tunnel, club member David Munkenbeck, keeping a watchful eye on the layout. ANL-151017-200714009
King's Lynn Model Railway Club, meeting at Grimston Village Hall'One of the Loco's coming out from the tunnel, club member David Munkenbeck, keeping a watchful eye on the layout. ANL-151017-200714009
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“Choo choo choo, come on and be a modeller” is the message from a railway club which is looking for new members.

Lynn Model Railway Club is putting out the signal to a-track new faces to join its ranks.

King's Lynn Model Railway Club, meeting at Grimston Village Hall'Work well underway on this 9ft x 4ft N. Gauge layout, with club members LtoR, Derek Randall, Mike Berman, Colin Houseman ANL-151017-200838009

King's Lynn Model Railway Club, meeting at Grimston Village Hall'Work well underway on this 9ft x 4ft N. Gauge layout, with club members LtoR, Derek Randall, Mike Berman, Colin Houseman ANL-151017-200838009

Over the last five years, modellers from across the area have been creating realistic looking gauges.

The group’s 15 members are currently working on three layouts of scenes from West Norfolk and the Midlands.

This work will be getting easier now the club has moved into their own room at Grimston Village Hall.

One of the founding members Arthur Bedford said: “It is a great improvement as we can now go along any time of the day and evening.

King's Lynn Model Railway Club, meeting at Grimston Village Hall'Club Member Dave Histon looks on as a loco passes through the station and past the signal box ANL-151017-200803009

King's Lynn Model Railway Club, meeting at Grimston Village Hall'Club Member Dave Histon looks on as a loco passes through the station and past the signal box ANL-151017-200803009

“The layouts are out there all the time so people can carry on building. It makes it so much easier as we used to spend nearly an hour laying out and putting away the gauges.

“Now we can walk in and start work straight away.”

Model railways have been a popular hobby for men and women for many years.

The first sets were made in Germany in 1831 with the models being created by English crafters in 1904.

King's Lynn Model Railway Club, meeting at Grimston Village Hall'Some of the members with one of the layout's under construction. ANL-151017-200608009

King's Lynn Model Railway Club, meeting at Grimston Village Hall'Some of the members with one of the layout's under construction. ANL-151017-200608009

Among the famous faces who follow the hobby are Rod Stewart, Jools Holland and Pete Waterman.

Mr Bedford and the members are working away on three models, a 00, 09 and an end gauge.

One of the models resembles the former Stoke Ferry station while the second is a scene from the Midlands and the third is “something they have dreamed up”.

Treasurer Mr Bedford, who has been interested in modelling for 30 to 40 years, said: “What we try to do is make it completely realistic as possible with people, cars and buses as the trains pass.

King's Lynn Model Railway Club, meeting at Grimston Village Hall'One of the Loco's at the club. ANL-151017-200353009

King's Lynn Model Railway Club, meeting at Grimston Village Hall'One of the Loco's at the club. ANL-151017-200353009

“What I enjoy is making it work perfectly.

“Our members like to come every week to have a chat and a cup of tea.”

Chairman Simon Lemmon has been a member since the club started in 2010.

He said: “We have a good selection of members who have a variety of skills and knowledge.

“There is always someone there who is able to answer a question. There is a good level of base knowledge.

“We get together on a Friday night and the atmosphere is very jolly and jovial.”

Mr Lemmon said the scenery takes a lot of skill to create for the models, which now come with sound.

He is hoping more people of all ages will come along to the meetings.

Mr Lemmon said: “We would like people to come along and see what they think.”

The club meets on Fridays from 6.30pm to 10. For more information on the club call Mr Bedford on 01553 762955.