Hundreds of model railway enthusiasts are expected to arrive in West Yorkshire later this month. The town of Mirfield will play host to an annual Model Railway Exhibition – organised in memory of its late founder, Peter Dransfield, MBE.
Now in its tenth year, the current iteration of the Mirfield Model Railway Exhibition has raised over £17,000 for the local community. And, following his sudden death in March 2015, Peter’s widow, Jennie, vowed to keep the successful event alive.
Taking place on Saturday 18 May at St Mary’s Community Centre, Church Lane, this year’s gathering will bring together a number of British, Continental and American track layouts. Featuring several narrow-gauge designs – and smaller configurations, suitable for the home – the aim is to raise much-needed funds for the Mirfield Team Parish Music Guild.
Jennie Dransfield, organiser, explained: “The first event took place over 35 years ago, and since then it’s grown exponentially. In 2005, Peter was approached by Chris Hargreaves, from St Mary’s choir – where we were all active members – to see if he would hold the exhibition at the church hall, to raise money for the Music Guild.
“When Peter died suddenly ten years later, the event had become a permanent fixture on the local calendar, and I didn’t want all his hard work to simply become a memory. With the help of our friends, members of the choir and congregation, Peter’s memory is able to live on – and bring joy to plenty.”
A firm favourite on the town and rail enthusiast’s calendar, the event attracts visitors from across the UK.