Model Railway Society Name New Room

Model Railway Society Name New Room

A model railway society have named their new home in memory of a long-standing member with a passion for the hobby.

An article in EDP 24 by Andrew Fitchett talks about the fact that the Thetford and District Model Railway Society invite Rose Harris to unveil a plaque on the door to their new home at The Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford.

Mike Harris died last year before he could see Thetford & District Model Railway Society’s new home at the Charles Burrell Centre.

A plaque dedicating the room as the Mike Harris Memorial Room was unveiled by his widow, Rose, after members decided it would be a fitting tribute.

Ian Dixon, society chairman, said Mr Harris was a “consummate modeller”.

“His contribution was extensive. Mike had a passion for all things railway starting while he was still living in Birmingham. He knew a great many of the great doyennes of the hobby.

“He was always building something and instigated the building, by the club, of a permanent “OO” gauge model railway at Bressingham Steam Museum. “He used to volunteer at Bressingham and was often seen as a guard on their minature lines,” he said.

Mr Harris was a keen collector of older models of model railway, but his real passion was for narrow guage railways, according to Mr Dixon

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