The great train robbery of 1963 stunned the nation and has captured the imagination ever since.
The story of the robbery of a Royal Mail train has been re-told countless times and on Saturday a model layout of the scene at Bridego Railway Bridge, near Leighton Buzzard, formed the main attraction at the Milton Keynes Model Railway exhibition.
The great train robbery layout was loaned by Luton Model Railway Club and featured among 44 displays at the event, which despite the bad weather, attracted a record breaking attendance.
The popular exhibition at Shenley Brook End School was visited by 2,300 people, making it one of the biggest one day shows in the country.
Among those who braved the elements were model railway enthusiasts Mayor Brian Brian White and MP Iain Stewart.
They enjoyed an exhibition featuring many of the club’s own layouts with Dentdale winning the award for best club layout and Earls Court winning best in show.
Andy York, of Railway Model magazine, judged the exhibits.
Spokesman Paul Wakley said: “We had a record attendance so the day was a great success.
The Milton Keynes Model Railway Society would like to thank everybody who helped on the day, especially members of Howe Park Scout Group who, despite the atrocious weather did a splendid job in controlling the car parking.
“Thanks also go to Buskers of Wolverton Park who supplied a great range of hot food, sandwiches and drinks throughout the day.
“We’re already planning the next show on February 14, 2015. An exhibition with a Valentine’s Day theme perhaps?”
Milton Keynes Model Railway Society (MKMRS) has been a home to railway modelling since 1969. Based in Bletchley, it is an active club with new members welcome. For more details see www.mkmrs.org.uk