The miniature world of model railways

Ormesby Hall miniature railway models

We are delighted to welcome you back to see the model railway collection run once again.

When you visit Ormesby Hall and venture into the servant’s wing you will hear the familiar noise of trains. Following the sound you will be surprised to find there are three permanent model railway layouts in the house: Corfe Castle, Pilmoor Station and the interactive Thomas the Tank Engine.

The model railway journey at Ormesby Hall began over twenty years ago, when Ron Rising was looking for a home for the large scenic railway layout which he had built in his loft. It was his donation to the National Trust which started the model railways.

Corfe Castle became the first permanent display in the old wing and is amazingly detailed, having taken Ron 35 years to construct in his spare time. The model is set in the early 1920’s depicting Corfe Castle Station and an imaginary village made to scale from card models of various buildings in the surrounding area, with some models also showing detail inside. There are many scenes across the layout and the more you look the more fascinating the scenery becomes, from wildlife to people going about their daily business.

Ormesby Hall model railway layouts are maintained, run and conserved by a group of volunteers who have built two further layouts.

The second is a famous train called Thomas. This was built as an interactive layout to entertain the younger audience and certainly keeps them occupied as they watch Thomas and his friends go round the track. Thomas has a dedicated room with four circuits of track, each with push button timers for children and adults to operate.

Pilmoor Station (remaining closed) is the third addition built by the railway volunteers and is a replica of the station as it was in the late 1930s, just before the Second World War. This station was on the east coast main line, south of Thirsk, and a junction with Knaresborough branch line, showing Brafferton Station, has also been modelled. The trains running on this track are typical of the era it depicts with the scenery showing traditional farming practices in the 1930’s.