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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 27th June, 2010)

Children of Chernobyl

Children of Chernobyl
The children of Chernobyl enjoying a day out at the model railway in Haigh Hall plantations,
organized every year for them by the members of the model railway club.

Photo: David Barker  (Nikon D3000 18-55mm VR.)
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Comment by: alan on 27th June 2010 at 02:05

It's nice to see volunteers doing things like this. That's one serious looking engine driver !

Comment by: Rev David Long on 27th June 2010 at 08:06

The Wigan & District Model Engineering Society's members would probably prefer not to be called a 'model railway club'. They do quite a bit more than play with model railways. They build the scaled-down versions of real locomotives themselves, mostly from scratch, engineering each part. Some take years to build, and are, as you can see from this example, magnificent to behold. They give rides to the public every Sunday at the track.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 27th June 2010 at 08:17

Great...real steam trains run by Wigan and District Model Railway Society. My grandaughter and I was watching these trains a few sundays ago, what real power these models have. Remember seeing a tank engine there many years ago named AJAX, lovely green and red colours, great times.

Comment by: John H on 27th June 2010 at 12:36

Cracking shot, of the small train at Haigh Hall, the photo says it all. Kids having agreat time.

Comment by: John on 27th June 2010 at 14:26

Of course they should be called the Model Railway Society, because thats just what they are... Models. What would you call them Rev Long, LMS or LNER??? how about Doncaster works... no it don't sound right. Lets keep it to Models because thats what they are.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 27th June 2010 at 16:46

I'm simply telling you the Society's name. I don't think it's for any of us to rename their Society. It's an Engineering Society, whose members build working scale models of all sorts of machines. Most are of railway locomotives, but not all. They meet in our church hall, and some of their meetings are opportunities for them to bring along works-in-progress. I think if you saw the precision engineering in miniature which they bring along you might understand that their Society is named very accurately.

Comment by: Neil on 27th June 2010 at 18:25

Good to see The Model Railway club is still going big toys for big boys lol chuff chuff.

Comment by: David Barker on 27th June 2010 at 21:16

Thanks for your comments.

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