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Model railway club in Orpington is looking for young members

PUBLISHED: 12:22 18 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:22 18 January 2018

The members recently enjoyed a trip to France. From left: Trevor Person, Paul Shallcross, Alan Hoggarth, John Hickinbottom, Micheal Pope and Roger Allen. Picture: Orpington Model Railway Club

The members recently enjoyed a trip to France. From left: Trevor Person, Paul Shallcross, Alan Hoggarth, John Hickinbottom, Micheal Pope and Roger Allen. Picture: Orpington Model Railway Club

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A model railway group is looking for new enthusiasts to join its 53-strong membership.

Orpington and District Model Railway Society has been running for 67 years, catering for a variety of railway related modelling interests and capabilities.

Current members are experienced in their field, and their expertise range from artistic talent, to knowledge on micro electronics and control.

The club has been described by members as being “instrumental” in getting regional clubs to support each other, which resulted in changes to national policy.

One of the new items shared with other clubs is its youth section, which supplies courses for beginners, and support for young experts in computing and control.

Paul Shallcross, chairman and local resident, said: “These activities are supporting tomorrow’s engineers today, and what it offers can also complement their school work too.”

The club includes enthusiasts from areas around Bromley and Bexley, as well as several other boroughs.

The club’s recent visit to France, where members exhibited the club’s German layout, Adlerplatz, was described by Mr Shallcross as “a great success”, and is an example of the high regard in which the club is held.

The chairman of the ModelClub de la Cote d’Opale said: “Adlerplaz was one of the most popular exhibits, due to the range of animated features.”

This year, the club’s layouts have been seen across the region.

Orpington’s 2018 show took place at Pratts Bottom Village Hall, at the weekend, and featured many never-before-seen layouts, as well as a much larger second hand shop section.

Mr Shallcross said: “This included a famous layout that can be controlled by children themselves, it has lots of new animated features too.

“The standard of modelling is always high and there is always something for young old, expert or casual observer.”

The society aims to encourage enjoyment of the model railway hobby, as well as helping members to fosters the multiple craft, art and technical skills associated in recreating railway locomotives, rolling stock and environments in model form.

To find out more about the club, visit the Facebook page and website at https://odmrs.uk.

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