THOUSANDS of railway enthusiasts flocked to Blackburn in October 1979 for the Blackburn and East Lancashire Model Railway Society's 14th annual exhibition, which took place at King George's Hall.

People from all over the country travelled to the event to see hundreds of model trains running around 15 new layouts, in what was regarded as one of Britain's foremost exhibitions.

Among new home-produced layouts was a reconstruction of Wilpshire Railway Station and its surroundings as it was in the 1930s.

There were also layouts depicting Helmshore and Birchley.

Blackburn Model Engineers gave rides behind their steam engines and displayed several static models for the public to wander around.

While British Rail put on films about the railways for everyone who attended.