A railway club in Frizington is on the hunt for new members.

The Derwent Railway Society is looking to pass on its expertise in building kits, crafting scenery, and developing electrical skills.

The society has existed for more than 40 years, promoting Cumbria's railway heritage, preserving memorabilia and artefacts, and building and operating model railway layouts.

The club, which has been going strong for more than 30 years, has several layouts already in operation, and they are seeking new members of all ages.

It houses several layouts in gauges 0, 00 and N, using both analogue and digital control systems, with most layouts switchable between the two.

One of their recent projects involved creating a number of Cumbria-themed layouts, including a station on the Settle-to-Carlisle line, Grasstot near Maryport, and Bransty Station in Whitehaven.

All layouts, artefacts, and memorabilia are stored at their Frizington base.

The society is also hosting Young Engineers sessions.

Their mission is to impart practical skills to the younger generation.

There are even opportunities to operate the layout and undertake maintenance and repair duties on the trains and rolling stock.

As part of the proposed sessions, participants will get hands-on experience running an existing layout and help to design and construct a new one.

It is hoped that this new layout could be displayed and operated by the young engineers at a local Model Rail Exhibition.

Ensuring the safety of its young apprentices, the Society plans to draw up a detailed risk assessment and insists that all children must be accompanied by an adult.

To introduce potential apprentices and their parents to the club, there will be two 'taster' sessions giving a practical insight into what railway modelling is all about.

The club is hosting an open day on April 13, from 11am to 3pm at 238 Frizington Road, Frizington CA26 3SN.

Full details can be found on their website at www.trainweb.org/drs.