Images of South Shields Miniature Railway Society

Memory Lane  October In 1968  South Shields Miniature Railway Society junior members Richard Ayton (12), Andrew Ward (14), and Derek Turnbull (14) were pictured putting the finishing touches to the Stickleback Line.
Memory Lane October In 1968 South Shields Miniature Railway Society junior members Richard Ayton (12), Andrew Ward (14), and Derek Turnbull (14) were pictured putting the finishing touches to the Stickleback Line.
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Who can resist the lure of a model train display, with scaled-down locos and tiny trees and houses?

Here we feature a selection of photos, taken in the 1960s and ’70s, showing members of the South Shields Miniature Railway Society with some wonderfully detailed displays.

John Southern, a member of South Shields Model Railway Society pictured with Michael Auty (right), at one of the model layouts at the society's exhibition held in the Bolingbroke Hall in  April 1979 .

John Southern, a member of South Shields Model Railway Society pictured with Michael Auty (right), at one of the model layouts at the society's exhibition held in the Bolingbroke Hall in April 1979 .

It is a hobby which still delights young and old alike today.

How many of the people pictured do you recognise? What are your memories of the society? Is it still going to this day?

Yesterday we featured Rippons toy shop. Do you remember whether they sold train sets?

As a youngster, I remember a debate among us boys as to what which was best – a train set or a Scalextric?

Mr J G R Middleton, chairman of the South Shields Miniature Railway Socity puts the finishing touches to a section of the Flower Show display. Also pictured Peter Atkinson, secretary and members Joseph Long and Jim Robinson.

Mr J G R Middleton, chairman of the South Shields Miniature Railway Socity puts the finishing touches to a section of the Flower Show display. Also pictured Peter Atkinson, secretary and members Joseph Long and Jim Robinson.

What would you have chosen if you had been lucky enough to have visited a shop such as Rippons?