Model rail show rolls into town

The exhibits on display during last year's Hornby Model Train Exhibition held at the Hartlepool College of FE.
The exhibits on display during last year's Hornby Model Train Exhibition held at the Hartlepool College of FE.

MODEL railway show organisers are hosting their biggest ever event in town.

The annual event will see more than 25 top class model railways, on 56 separate stands, at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

This year the event is sponsored by model railway giantHornby Hobbies.

There are layouts including “OO” scale Whitby West Cliff that recreates part of the long-closed coastal route to Scarborough.

Paul Appleton has organised the event with the Hartlepool Model Rail Group.

He said: “This is always a popular event for the town.

“What we’re trying to do is make model railways sexy.

“We’re helping people update from analogue to digital control.”

Proceeds will go to Hartlepool RNLI and Hartlepool Families First.

There are four trophies available, best scenic layout, best digital layout, public’s favourite layout and the Malcolm Priestman Memorial Award.

The award was set up in memory of Malcolm, who organised the event before he passed away.

Paul said: “Malcolm’s memorial award is decided by his family, who choose their favourite layout.

“It’s nice that we can remember him in this way, with this award.”

There is something for everyone, from small scale ‘N’ gauge to the very large ‘G’ scale ‘garden railways’.

There are a variety of lengths of railway, including some that are over 50ft-long.

People are coming from all over the country, with many of the displays being previously unseen in the north.

Paul, who has written for several model rail magazines, is excited about the show.

He said: “It’s probably the biggest event of it’s kind in the North-East.

“It’s exciting to think that all of these exhibits are going to be available to the public.

Doors open at 10am on 
Saturday and Sunday and close at 5pm and 4pm respectively.

There is a chance to buy, trade and make new items for your train set.

Admission is £6 for adults, £5 for OAPs and £4 for children, free for under fives, or a family ticket (two adults and three children) is just £18.

Car parking is available at the college itself.

Parking is £1.50 on Saturday and free on Sunday.

There is on-site catering and the venue has full disabled access.