Uckfield Model Railway Club’s annual exhibition at the weekend at the Civic Centre thronged with visitors but for members it was tinged with sadness.
Amid the hustle and bustle, their thoughts turned to the founder and chairman Keith Nock, who died earlier this year.
It was a case of the show must go on in his memory.
The two-day exhibition – the 32nd in the club’s history – attracts layouts and visitors from all parts of the country.
It filled the Weald Hall and the Ashdown Room as people crowded around the working layouts and commercial stallholders.
There was a poignant note in the entrance to the Civic Hall. Here is what it said.
John Quick, the acting chairman, said the aim of the show was to exhibit a range of periods, scales and gauges. They ranged from the 1930s to modern settings.
What’s the attraction of railway modelling?
“It is like asking why someone is attracted to football,” said Mr Quick.
“The attraction depends on each individual. The attraction for me is that I like history; social history and I like railways anyway.
“I don’t know why but it probably stems from when I was five years old and we lived in Middlesex. There was a line at the end of the garden and I waved at the drivers.
“Ask someone else and they will say something different.”