Getting on board at rail celebration

Classic trains ran through a museum at the weekend as enthusiasts got youngsters on board.

Children and adults alike had the chance to take control of model engines dating back to the 1920s at an open day at Stevenage Museum on Saturday.

Organised by the N Gauge Society North Herts and District Area Group this year, the fith annual event filled the building with tracks, trains and rail memorabilia.

Club spokesman Edward Smith said over 350 people attended the day which appeals to children aged five to 100.

“It’s organised by local model railway clubs to promote our hobby to future modellers young and old. The day was very popular as usual. The two drive your own layouts were very popular with the children and Lietwayte Junction provoked the most questions with its rock concert, fun fair and working cable car. All the exhibitors reported a lot of interest from all ages and two have requested invitations for next year.”

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A policeman searching for a suspect also made an appearance at the event, Mr Smith added.

“Unfortunately the suspect described as wearing white jogging bottoms and no shirt did not come in and as the policeman only made it to the foyer we did not feel we could claim them in the attendance figures.”

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