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Nobby wrote a review Nov 2019
Lincoln, United Kingdom5 contributions3 helpful votes
Even if you're not into model railways, this place will still take your breath away. The work and dedication that's gone into it over the years is amazing. Fascinating how the various trains are all controlled by a signal system and phones just like in reality. Brilliant.
Date of experience: March 2019
1 Helpful vote
JHanson wrote a review Dec 2018
2 contributions2 helpful votes
A hidden treasure! Awesome railway with over 70 years of history. Great fun for kids of any age and grown ups alike! A fabulous feat of model engineering representing the heyday of the LNER railway between Kings Cross and Leeds. Thoroughly recommended to all! Thank You GMRS!
Date of experience: December 2018
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EESW1 wrote a review Oct 2018
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom2 226 contributions355 helpful votes
This is probably the oldest and biggest model railway in the country. It represents the LNER main line between King’s Cross to Leeds, based on a time somewhere between the mid 1940s to the end of British Railway days. The layout occupies all the ground floor in an old school and has over half a mile of track, over 130 locos, with 100 in service. The oldest was built in 1947 and is still running. There are over 100 coaches, representing all the different types in operation as well as 250+ wagons and vans. Add on nine stations, three goods yards and five locomotive depots with turntables….. The track is divided into ten block sections each with its own control panel and trains run to a strict timetable. Standard bell codes are used as trains pass from one section to the next. There are fifteen complete trips per hour and then add on shunting in the goods yard and local services out of King’s Cross, it is quite an undertaking and there is plenty to watch. The track is O gauge and all the locos, rolling stock, buildings and scenery have been built by members. It is an impressive layout. Stations are busy places with passengers, porters, and taxis waiting. The track is 2-3’ off ground level so is low enough for the kids to be able to stand and watch without being held. The track does take up nearly all of the rooms with only a narrow space round the edge for visitors. If it is busy, it can be difficult to pass people. There is no room for wheelchairs and there are a few stairs. Society members meet every week, but the model railway is only open a few times a year for visitors. Dates can be found on their website.. They produce an excellent souvenir brochure with a lot of information about the layout and operation. Wives also serve hot and cold drinks and very good home made buns and cakes on open days. The grandchildren loved it. There were plenty of trains to keep their attention and they loved the detail in the scenery. The adult gricers also enjoyed themselves. It is a very slick operation and a very worthwhile visit.…
Date of experience: October 2018
3 Helpful votes