Banbury railway station is something that not many people would give a second thought to on their regular commute.
The Oxfordshire station provides a link between London and Birmingham while also being on the high speed Manchester to Bournemouth and Newcastle to Reading routes. It is the terminus of the Cherwell Valley Line, moving onto the likes of Oxford, Culham and Didcot Parkway where passengers can connect with services to Swindon or Reading. Given its status as simply a through station it will probably not leave a lasting impression.
However, that has all changed thanks to a team of enthusiastic modellers who have created a replica of Banbury station. The Banbury Guardian reported that the layout was unveiled at an event organised by the Banbury and District Model Railway Society. Visitors were impressed with the life-like running of the station with Chiltern Rail and First Great Western pulling in and out out of the station.
Ian Lampkin, from Surrey, is the brains behind this creation and admitted to the news provider that he even took the time to count every brick at the real station to ensure that his model was true to the original.
The modeller told the newspaper: "We got interested in Banbury because it is an interesting location with many passenger trains and freight trains coming in. We’ve still got a few more details to add but we’ve had plenty of visits to Banbury to measure up the buildings. We’ve had a lot of help from people who live in Banbury and know the station and this is the result so far!”
Mr Lampkin's designs were just one of a whole variety of interesting layouts on display at the annual event. There was a host of scale models including one of Dentdale on the Settle to Carlisle line, a route often described as the most picturesque stretch of railway in the UK.