Welch International Railway

Back in the 1960/1970's, there was in Sheffield an extensive model railway known as The Welch International Railway (WIR), named after it's owner, Des Welch. He was a genial Irishman who worked at what was then English Steel Corporation. The layout was built using Hornby 3-rail track, occupied most of his flat, and was well stocked with models representing many countries. I reckon it must have had over 60 locos, and hundreds of items of rolling stock. It took six operators to run this giant properly, and was great fun.

I'm trying to find out what happened to this layout after Des's death. I had heard it was taken back to Ireland by his family, but don't know if that's true.

This is a bit of a long shot, but does anyone on here know of this railway and what happened to it?

Keith J.

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Keith J.
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"Keith J." wrote

I can't answer your question but I do recall visiting the layout in the early 1970s. Really something, and I suspect I've still not seen a regular domestic layout with as much interest.

Thanks for reminding me! :-)


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John Turner

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