Yorkshire Wolds Railway's annual model show provides charm and escapism for 500 visitors
The Yorkshire Wolds Railway (YWR) hosted its annual model railway show at Driffield Showground on Saturday in what was its first event of 2023.
Organisers were thrilled with the turnout and say it bodes well for its 2023 programme.
Visitors were treated to fantastically detailed layouts in a variety of gauges with some models featuring local settings including Filey and Hessle.
It was the sixth year of the show which is the main fund-raising event for YWR.
Matthew Brown, Membership, Media, and Archive Director said: “We had some really positive feedback from visitors and everybody that came, enjoyed their day with us. We are really grateful for all the support as you never know how many people will come to these things.”
The Yorkshire Wolds Railway was inaugurated at a meeting in Malton in October 2008 with the aim of restoring at least a part of the former Malton and Driffield Junction Railway as a heritage railway attraction.
It opened to the public in May 2015 and the desire is to create a tourist heritage railway attraction in the Yorkshire Wolds which, in time, could link up with other local tourist attractions.
It is this nostalgia which Mr Brown says adds to the appeal of events such as the model railway exhibition.
He added: “I do think it is the charm of it. A model railway is so much more than playing with trains. There are electrics, engineering, mechanics. It is also escapism – you can create whatever you want and continue it with anybody that wants to be involved.”
The first public running day for the YWR of 2023 will be Sunday April 9 when visitors will once again be able to ride along the newly extended track. A vehicle that YWR has been working on since 2018 is also set to make a return this year.