A reminder of the era of Steam Furness at the Workington Model Show


ONE of last weekend’s featured engineering shows at Solrail Workington Model Railway was a scaled-down version of a Barrow record.

The Furness Railroad live steam model No.20 was part of an exhibit by the West Cumbria Guild of Model Engineers.

The full-size version is the flagship of the Furness Railway Trust and is the oldest standard gauge steam locomotive in operation in Britain.

It was built in 1863 by Sharp Stewart of Manchester to serve as number 20 for the Barrow-based Furness Railway.

In 1870 it was sold to Barrow Steelworks.

It was converted to a saddle tank locomotive and by the time it was taken out of service in 1960, it looked very different from what it had started almost a century earlier.

It stood within the grounds of the George Hastwell Special School in Barrow for over 20 years until it was purchased for restoration in 1983.

Among the rail routes at the show was Curwen Bank which imagines a route from Workington across the River Derwent and Derwent Sidings which features a range of privately owned wagons from mines and quarries that were once commonplace on the railway lines County.

The next big county show for model railroad enthusiasts is in Kendal in January.

The Kendal Model Railway Club holds its annual exhibit at the Kendal Leisure Center on Saturday and Sunday January 27-28.

The show is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

The Maryport Model Club has its show at the city’s Netherhall School on Saturday and Sunday April 14 and 15.

It is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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