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The Steam Railway Comes to Eaton Bray

This article was published in May 2009. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Anybody who wanders into the church hall in Eaton Bray on the first Sunday afternoon of the month will be in for a treat, for that is where the members of the Bedfordshire branch of the 16mm Narrow Gauge Railway Modellers hold their monthly get together and demonstrate their locamotives and rolling stock.

The models, which are steam powered - some using coal or a fuel - are 1/19th of the size of the real thing. Some members have purchased the engines, carriages & wagons ready made, some are built from bits - but a few are scratch built & represent thousands of hours of painstaking work. All represent a wonderful spectacle as they chuff their way along the 32mm gauge track.

Most members have a general interest in narrow gauge railways & their models are based on a "feel" for the prototype. In some cases members focus their interest on a particular narrow gauge railway - such as the famous Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales - and set out to model all aspects of their chosen line. But above all the pleasure comes from running a working, live, steam engine.

So why not call in and on a Sunday afternoon and enjoy the spectacle. You may even want to become a member!

The next meetings are: May 3rd, May 31st, July 5th & September 6th.

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Source: Focus, May 2009