The Den in Teignmouth was host to the 2019 Train and Railway Fun Day and it did not disappoint. Lots of stalls, a lovely little pop up cafe from the Alice Cross Centre and activities and rides for adults and children alike made the event extra special.
Despite a little bit of rain, the day was a great success. There were tabletop exhibitions from the Dawlish Model Railway Society, Abbotskerswell Model Railway Society and The John Polley private collection. A 7 1/4 inch ride on steam railway for children and parents thrilled many as too did the traction engine called “Audrey” manufactured by Chas Burrell and Sons which operates from 1770 to 1928.
Train signal displays, model railways that took many hours perfecting, badge making and a train collage which will be displayed in the Pavilions. The train collage will grow over the next few weeks or so to fill the full length of the first floor corridor.
Live music was bought to the crowds by Cask and Back Beach Boyz who raise money for charity. There was even a spoof play of “Famous Five Go Off On a Train”.
Enthusiasts, collectors and workers alike shared stories, memories and collections with each other. Of course no railway day would be complete without the story of the railway and of course the most famous British engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who changed the landscape of the country with his groundbreaking designs and constructions.
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