A painstakingly crafted replica of Banbury Station had enthusiasts enthralled at a busy model railway exhibition held at Banbury Academy on Sunday.
Model railway fanatics of all ages were fascinated as they watched replicas of Chiltern Rail and First Great Western trains pull into the incredibly lifelike station.
The model was built by Surrey-based Ian Lampkin who admitted counting every brick in some parts of the real Banbury Station to ensure his ‘N’ scale model was correct.
Mr Lampkin said: “We got interested in Banbury because it is an interesting location with many passenger trains and freight trains coming in.
“We have visited Banbury a large number of times to do research for the model.
“The layout is about two years old and took us about ten months to build.”
He added: “We’ve still got a few more details to add but we’ve had plenty of visits to Banbury to measure up the buildings. We’ve had a lot of help from people who live in Banbury and know the station and this is the result so far!”
The annual event was organised by the Banbury and District Model Railway Society and featured displays by clubs across the region.
A total of 12 layouts including scale models of Dentdale on the Settle to Carlisle line and Abingdon station were on show.
Traders provided everything you could need to build a layout and booksellers offered a wide variety of titles on railway-related subjects.
Club Secretary Keith Bristow praised the decision to hold the event in the school sports hall rather than hosting it in the separate classrooms that have been used in previous years .
He said: “The entire exhibition was open providing easy access for everyone involved.”
The club welcomes new members and meets on Tuesdays from 7pm and Thursday mornings from 10.30am-12.30pm at Cherwell Business Village on Southam Road.
Sunday mornings are also becoming a regular time slot to meet at the club, run trains and chat about models.
More information about the group’s activities can be found at www.bdmrc.co.uk or by calling Mr Bristow on 01295 252931.
To see a video of the model Banbury Railway Station in action, visit www.banburyguardian.co.uk