All aboard mini-rail marathon!

Alfreton Model Railway 
Society is celebrating its 35th birthday this year with a marathon 35-hour train 
operation.

The mammoth, but miniature, undertaking coincides with the Midland Railway Butterley’s ‘Midland Railex’ model exhibition, which starts at 6am, on August 17, and finishes the next day at 5pm.

Model Railway: volunteers at  Alfreton Model Railway Society celebrate 35 years. nrhn 01-06-13 lm 3

Model Railway: volunteers at Alfreton Model Railway Society celebrate 35 years. nrhn 01-06-13 lm 3

The society, which has been based at the Midland Railway Butterley since 1980, will be open to the public throughout the 35 hours and will be operated as a 1960’s era set-up.

Sam Moss, secretary of the society, said: ““We tend to bring our own trains and we have an annual subscription of £50, which pays the bills and insurance.

“We all get involved in making the layout. It’s never finished - it’s always being constantly improved. There are always jobs to be done - it’s a big thing to do.”

Sam, 22, of Riddings, is an apprentice at Rolls-Royce in Hucknall and has been a member of the society for seven years. The society is now 20-strong, with ages ranging from 11 to 66.

He said: “I can’t have a model railway at home because of space. I used to go down there as a kid on my bike - and the members got to know me and invited me to join. It can be expensive as you want to make it. It’s quite relaxing and fun to socialise with my friends. The cost of real trains is pretty dire!”

Members’ layouts and a society modelling stall will be run during normal exhibition hours. All visitors will be welcomed whatever the hour.