LIVE STEAM MODEL RAILWAYS
The Railway has a long history of running 16mm scale live steam railways on site, to provide another attraction for visitors, not to mention additional enjoyment for the members.
In the 1980s a group of members built a portable layout The Middleforth Light Railway, to operate in the engine shed, and outside in clement weather.
It operated successfully for some years, and went on tour to local events, but eventually it faded away until only the nameboard was left.
Some photos are here.
In 2009 a new layout was built, Hundred End, named after a small hamlet just south of Hesketh Bank. It has a one-piece baseboard which sits up against the engine shed wall when not in use.
The track is oval in shape, with a loop and three sidings. The original buildings came from several sources. These have now been replaced by a set of Welshpool Pottery buildings gifted to the Railway.
Some more photos are here.
We now have a new end-to-end layout, named after the original Middleforth Light Railway. It uses donated track and buildings loaned by Pendle Valley Workshop.
The aim is to take it to exhibitions and local events, where it can be used to advertise both the Railway and Pendle Valley.
This photo shows it at Southport Model Railway Exhibition, and using the Welshpool Pottery buildings. More photos are here.
Middleforth Show Calendar
A list of all the events where the layout has been exhibited.
Corris Model Railway & Toy Exhibition
16mm Association National Show
Southport Model Railway Exhibition
West Lancs Summer Gala