MODEL-rail enthusiasts made tracks for Keighley this weekend.

Visitors from across the country converged on the town for Keighley Model Railway Club’s 44th annual exhibition.

Sixteen layouts were in operation at the event, at University Academy Keighley.

There were also more than a dozen trade stands, and outside people could travel on a miniature steam train provided by Keighley and District Model Engineering Society or in a trailer hauled by a miniature traction engine.

Other attractions included face painting, and there was full catering.

The event is purposely planned to coincide with the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway’s Spring Steam Gala.

A vintage bus service operated, taking passengers between Keighley railway station and the exhibition venue.

“It was a really busy weekend and we’re delighted with how it went,” said club spokesman Steve Ward.

“You get a lot of visitors who come to the town for both the exhibition and the gala on the Worth Valley Railway.

“This year all but two of the layouts were from visiting exhibitors. We had people attend from as far afield as Newcastle, Barrow and Sutton Coldfield.”

Visitors also included Nick Metcalfe, of Metcalfe Models, a leading global producer of card construction kits for model railways. He drew a raffle, with prizes including a train set and model locos.

The exhibition – which was being staged at University Academy Keighley for the third time, following a move from the town’s Victoria Hall – also provides a boost to club membership.

“We do get new members as a result of the event,” said Mr Ward.

“Our membership now numbers about 100, and covers a wide age range.”

The club’s next event is its spring open day, on Sunday, April 28.

It will take place at the clubrooms, in Keighley Business Centre, South Street, between 10am and 4.30pm.

Layouts in all scales will be operating and there will be catering.

There are plans by the town’s bus museum – which is also staging an open day – to run a free service linking-up the venues, plus National Trust property East Riddlesden Hall.

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