MELTON Mowbray Model Railway Club is celebrating its 40th birthday.
An initial meeting took place on February 13, 1973, to see if there was enough local interest in forming a club and it held its first official club night the following month for 20 members.
The club was originally called Wreake Valley Model Railway Club to encourage members from a wider area than the town itself and first met at the Half Moon pub in Nottingham Street. The name was changed several years ago to distinguish it from one at Syston.
The club moved to the Harboro Hotel seven years ago and has an extensive OO gauge layout as well as a layout in N gauge left to it by late member Richard Exton.
In the early years a layout based on Melton’s Midland station was developed and as well as working on other layouts members visit other clubs and railway attractions. There are also quizzes and video and slide shows.
Members also operate the N gauge layout of Melton Mowbray North Station, independently created by members Steve Weston and John Spence, which now appears at model railway shows throughout the country.
The club meets on Monday evenings at 7.30pm. For more information call secretary John Spence on (01664) 566791.