Calling all model railway enthusiasts. Can you help find a new home for one of County Durham's well known clubs?
Shildon Model Railway Club has been synonymous with the area since it was first established in 1982 but it has been somewhat nomadic in the past few years. The Northern Echo reports that the group has inhabited four different venues during its lifespan but recently left the Lightfoot Institute, in Bishop Auckland. It was a member with the Kingsway Club but has had to relocate after its partner folded.
Now it is on the lookout for a new venue where members can work on the various displays which has made the Shildon group popular over three decades. The club has a number of layouts but they are stored in Durham City Council owned garages in Newton Aycliffe and members want somewhere which they can perfect the models they have been working hard on. They are looking for a home where this can be made possible but a space rather than renting a complete unit.
Dave Walker, club secretary, told the news provider: “It’s been very frustrating over the years and we’ve never had a real home. What we really need is a place that we can call home, but we can’t afford it. People think that we have small train layouts and don’t seem to realise how big the displays that we create can be.”
The club would ideally prefer to stay in Shildon having previously used venues such as the Coach House and Timothy Hackworth Museum in the town but would consider a move to other parts of the county should it meet their requirements.
Members are gearing up for the club's 28th Annual Locomotion Exhibition which is due to take place on October 12th and 13th. It will also be in attendance at the Wight MRC (Isle of Wight) – Allerton Junction on November 2nd and 3rd as well as the Newcastle Model Railway Show at Gateshead Stadium on November 9th and 10th.