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 ran successfully for some years, and went on tour to local events, but eventually it faded away until only the nameboard was left.
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 These have now been replaced by a set of Welshpool Pottery buildings gifted to the Railway.
We now also 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.
As well as live steam, we also have an electrically-operated 00 layout, which was kindly donated to us.
We can set up in the Engine Shed on special event days, or if the weather's fine, it can come out to play in the open air.
And as of Autumn 2019, a new development
- a model of our very own carriage shed!
Construction of a 1:19 scale model of our carriage shed is under way.
Click here for the blog recording progress with the model.
Middleforth Show Calendar
Events where the layout has been exhibited:
August 2019 West Lancs Summer Gala
October 2018 Yorkshire Garden Railway Show, Bradford
August 2018 West Lancs Summer Gala
September 2017 West Lancs 50th Anniversary Gala
August 2017 West Lancs 'Nearly 50' Gala
August 2016 Corris Model Railway & Toy Exhibition
June 2016 Woodvale Rally, Southport
May 2016 West Lancs Teddy Bears' Outing
April 2016 16mm Assn National Show, Peterborough
November 2015 Southport Model Railway Exhibition
August 2015 West Lancs Summer Gala
June 2015 Woodvale Rally, Southport