All aboard at Erewash Museum
Choo- choo! Erewash Museum’s Model Railway Day rolls into Ilkeston on Saturday 26 January. Join representatives from the Nottingham Model Railway Society to see their amazing model of a 1930s Ilkeston Town Railway Station which will be on display in the Hayloft. Two model layouts of Toton Sidings will also be on display alongside a children’s railway themed activity trail.
The lay-out, designed by Davey Jones and Dave Jacques, depicts the half mile branch line from Ilkeston Junction Station on the main LMS Erewash Valley Line from Nottingham to Sheffield, to the Ilkeston Town terminus station. It reflects the daily train movements, 70 in total, that were time-tabled in that era. In years gone by, passenger trains also ran to and from Ilkeston Junction calling at Trent, Nottingham, Sheffield and Mansfield.
The model will be on display to the public from Thursday 24 January until Tuesday 29 January. Free admission, all ages welcome. 11am - 3pm each day.
Also, at 7pm on the Tuesday evening Davey Jones will be giving a free talk at the museum’s Lally Gallery on the research and building of the model.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Leisure and Culture, said:
“It is always fascinating to see how much detail and devotion are put in to creating these exceptional model railways, and even more interesting to see how Ilkeston and the surrounding areas used to operate their rail infrastructures in bygone years.”