Hartlepool Model Railway Show is on track for success

A scene from a previous Hartlepool Model Railway Exhibition. Below, part of one of this year's top layouts.
A scene from a previous Hartlepool Model Railway Exhibition. Below, part of one of this year's top layouts.

Model railway enthusiasts by the thousands will converge on Hartlepool this weekend for an exhibition featuring stunning displays.

The annual Hartlepool Model Railway Show will be held at the town’s College of Further Education, in Stockton Street, this Saturday and Sunday.

One of this year's top layouts.

One of this year's top layouts.

Organisers are planning 25 layouts in all scales at the event, which runs from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

Paul Appleton is the co-organiser along with the Hartlepool Model Railway Group.

He said the event was being held for the first time in October and added: “Last year, we got 1,800 people, but we are hoping for between 2,500 and 3,000 this year.”

Highlights include fully-operating model railway layouts, 60 displays including trade stalls selling everything from glue to working locomotives, and experts on hand to explain how make kits.

The quality of some of the layouts is phenomenal and some of the gorgeous seascapes, you would think someone had recreated a painting

Paul Appleton

Displays will be coming from Caernarvon in North Wales as well as Manchester, Leeds, Hull and from throughout the North East.

Mr Appleton added: “The quality of some of the layouts is phenomenal and some of the gorgeous seascapes, you would think someone had recreated a painting.”

Admission charges are £6 for adults, £5 for OAPs, £4 for children and children aged under five are free. A family admission fee for two adults and three children is £18.

The railway exhibition, which involves Hornby, has become an annual attraction in Hartlepool and has run for more than 10 years.

Hartlepool Model Railway Show is on this Saturday and Sunday.

Hartlepool Model Railway Show is on this Saturday and Sunday.

Proceeds after costs will go to the Great North Air Ambulance and Hartlepool & District Hospice.