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Horsham model railway club celebrate 10th year

Horsham model railway club

Horsham Model Railway Club is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Since its early days in a local youth centre, it has grown steadily and now has over 50 members, who meet every Wednesday at the St Leonard’s Church Hall in Cambridge Road, Horsham. Four layouts are currently under construction. Sunny Hill is the simplest, providing opportunities for the club’s younger members to develop basic railway modelling skills. An N gauge model of Worting Junction, the point at which the lines from London to Southampton and Exeter via Salisbury divide, is nearing completion, and will be seen at various model railway exhibitions from the autumn onwards. Twofils, a large OO layout, and Quarry Lane, a tiered OO9 layout, featuring various mining and quarrying activities, are under construction. For several years, HMRC has taken a vacant shop unit in the town shopping centre during the February school half-term holidays, and has exhibited one or more layouts for a week. This regularly attracts around 3.500 adult visitors and many children.

In addition to its modelling activities, the club has arranged visits to railway attractions. Last year, 16 members visited the Didcot Railway Centre before travelling on to the nearby Pendon Museum.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the club is holding a model railway exhibition at the Drill Hall in Denne Road on Saturday October 6. The exhibition will run from 10am to 5pm and will feature 14 layouts, at various scales and gauges. Sunny Hill will be there as a ‘have-a-go’ layout, which has proved popular with young visitors at previous open days, and during the club’s regular appearances in Swan Walk during the February half-term break. There will also be traders, selling new and second-hand model railway items.

The charge for adults will be £5. Children under 10 will go free while those between 10 and 16 will pay £2. A family ticket, for two adults and two children will be £12. Light refreshments will be available and we are hoping to be able to project images from a train simulator onto the wall of the refreshment area.
A club representative said: “We are hoping to be able to have a ‘ride-on’ railway operating in the space behind the Drill Hall. We hope to be able to show a simulation of the Horsham to Shoreham route, long since gone but fondly remembered by many people in this part of Sussex.”

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