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Laurencekirk railway model to star at exhibition

Eilidh and Mairi McGregor of Perth casting their eye over Perth Model Railways clubs new layout of Laurenkirk in the 1960s, as the steam engine

Eilidh and Mairi McGregor of Perth casting their eye over Perth Model Railways clubs new layout of Laurenkirk in the 1960s, as the steam engine "Clan MacGregor" passes the former good yeard at Laurenkirk.

A model of Laurencekirk station is set to be one of the star attractions at Scotland’s biggest model railway exhibition in Perth at the end of June.

The layout of Laurencekirk as it was in the 1960s has been under construction by the Perth and District Model Railway Club for several years.

They have been using historical drawings and photographs to make hand made models of the buildings and structures which were there in the 1960s.

At over 30 foot long, it will be one of the biggest layouts on show.

Bill Garden of the Perth club said: “We choose Laurenkirk because of its unique location on the railway network. In the past the competing railways ran from London up the West and East Coast main lines on their way to Aberdeen.

‘‘ Laurencekirk was located north of where the two lines met up at Kinnaber Junction, near Montrose.

“As a result a wider variety of train could be seen at Laurencekirk compared to many other locations in Scotland at that time.’’

The exhibition, which started over 25 years ago, is run by members of the Perth club and has over 100 exhibitors booked for the two-day event, including 47 different model railway layouts.

 

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