CLASSIC narrow gauge locomotives took centre stage at the annual Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the National Exhibition Centre near Birmingham on November 24/25.
Attendance increased by more than 10%, giving the highest visitor numbers at the show for five years, a Warley spokesman said, who added that the boost in numbers was encouraged by the exposure that the hobby has received from Channel 5’s Great Model Railway Challenge.
On display at the show was Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0PT No. 1172 of 1922 Alpha, which worked at the Ryam Sugar Factory in Bihar, India, and which was repatriated by the award-winning Statfold Barn Railway and restored to working order in 2016.
It was accompanied in the main hall by the War Office Locomotive Trust’s ex-WDLR Hunslet 4-6-0T No. 1215 of 1916 No. 303.
Repatriated from Australia in 2005, it made its debut in steam at a private event at the Statfold Barn Railway on July 8, and appeared at the Apedale Valley Light Railway’s Tracks to the Trenches First World War event on July 13-15.
From the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway came Davey Paxman 4-6-2s No. 2 Northern Chief and No. 6 Samson.
At the show, model manufacturer Heljan announced its new 009 scale Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Baldwin 2-4-2T Lyn.
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