The High Wycombe & District Model Railway Society will be holding a Model Railway and Local Railway History Event at Wycombe Library on Thursday 16th February 2017.
Three of the Society’s members model railway layouts and a slide show of 150 years of local model railway history will be on display during the event.
The railway layouts on show will represent different genres of the hobby ranging from a small country branch line set in the 1950’s, a locomotive depot demonstrating some of the latest model railway control systems and also a North American layout set in the 1940’s.
The free of charge event, including free light refreshments, will be held at the Wycombe library in the Eden Shopping Centre, High Wycombe on Thursday 16th February and will be will be open to the public between 11.00am and 3.30pm.
The BACK TO BRUNEL : 150 years of local railway history display and slide presentations will capture the arrival of High Wycombe’s first railway, the broad gauge Wycombe Railway which opened from Maidenhead in 1854, its further extension to Aylesbury and Oxford via Princes Risborough and Watkin’s Dream, the new line of 1899 that was to have connected Manchester to Paris via High Wycombe and the first Channel Tunnel.
Members from the High Wycombe & District Model Railway Society will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss all aspects of the model railway hobby and also about the High Wycombe and District Model Railway Society which has been a growing a vibrant part of the community since 1971 with a membership of over 60 and age ranges from 8 to 80.
The Society are also the organisers of the very successful Wycrail exhibition every November, now held at the Cressex Community School, which is one of the largest one day exhibitions in the South East of England. The Society has its own private society rooms, in excess of 4000 sq/ft that are open to members seven days a week near the centre of High Wycombe.
Layouts along with member’s interest vary and the Society has a strong North American Section along with traditional British outline interests. The Society currently has nine layouts, built or under construction in scales: 0, 00/H0 and N together with a large test track in 3 gauges. These layouts are continually being upgraded and operated by members and guests on the official club nights; Monday and Wednesday evening or the new daytime opening on Thursdays between 10.00am and 2.00pm. A number of the Societies layouts are regularly seen at a variety of exhibitions up and down the country.
Further information on the High Wycombe & District Model Railway Society can be found at the Societies website at www.hwdmrs.org.uk.