Fans go loco for model exhibition

New Mills and District Railway Modellers, Graham Voss of the new Pavilion Gardens Boat Club who will soon be sailing their models on the lake.
New Mills and District Railway Modellers, Graham Voss of the new Pavilion Gardens Boat Club who will soon be sailing their models on the lake.

KIND-HEARTED model railway enthusiasts have steamed in with a donation for Chapel-en-le-Frith’s Blythe House Hospice.

New Mills and District Railway Modellers held their annual Model Railway Exhibition at the weekend when members’ models lined up against a variety of items which had been donated to raise money for charity.

The group’s 38th exhibition took place at Chapel High School last Saturday and Sunday when visitors were treated to a wide range of displays from club members as well as a display of models by Buxton Model Engineering Society and by the Pavilion Gardens Model Boat Club.

And the popular event raised more than £3,000 for Blythe House.

Tony Barratt, from the New Mills and District Railway Modellers, said: “New Mills and District Modellers collect model railway and related items all year from single items to complete layouts.

“As a result of the Buxton Advertiser article two weeks ago, we had several donations worth a total of £500.”

And Lucy Marsden, fundraising manager for the hospice, added: “I’d like to thank all of the people who have kindly donated their unwanted model railway items for the benefit of Blythe House Hospice.

“Once again New Mills and District Railway Modellers’ recent Model Railway Exhibition was a huge success with over 1,500 visitors attending over the weekend.

“The stall containing donated items raised £3,700 and with £400 worth of items being sold throughout the year and £2,500 worth of items sold on eBay, this means that a grand total of £6,600 has been raised for Blythe House this year.

“Our sincere thanks go to the New Mills and District Railway Modellers and all of those people who have donated or bought items, or supported us in some way.”