New Mills model railway exhibition a huge success

NMDRM annual show, Derek Gelsthorpe with his N gauge layout built inside a piece of furniture
NMDRM annual show, Derek Gelsthorpe with his N gauge layout built inside a piece of furniture

An annual model railway exhibition has been hailed a success, boasting an increase in visitor numbers and raising thousands of pounds for charity.

New Mills and District Railway Modellers held their 42nd event at Chapel-en-le-Frith High School last weekend, featuring fun for everyone.

NMDRM annual show, Keith Holmes commodore of the Buxton Model Boat Club with his model of a Clyde Puffer

NMDRM annual show, Keith Holmes commodore of the Buxton Model Boat Club with his model of a Clyde Puffer

Treasurer Henry Kukiewicz said: “It was a fabulous day and we had lots of families come through the door, not just the stereotypical fan of model railways.”

Every year the group’s exhibition raises money for charity through door sales, and even though the final total is not yet in, Henry said it is close to £1,800.

There were members from Buxton Model Engineers in attendance, and Buxton Boat Club also had a display.

Henry, who has been with the club for three years, has been involved with model railways for 30 years.

NMDRM annual show, Ian Hallworth's O gauge layout

NMDRM annual show, Ian Hallworth's O gauge layout

He said: “It was a long weekend as we arrived at the school on Friday night, but adrenaline kept us going.

“People came from all over to show off their layouts of model trains. My favourite was ‘Newcastle by the Water’ which had 30ft of track and took six people to operate.

“There was a great buzz about the place,” he added, “and it was lovely seeing younger members get excited about the hobby too.”

NMDRM annual show, some of the layouts on display

NMDRM annual show, some of the layouts on display