Model railway enthusiasts flock to Hartlepool show

The model railway exhibits on show at Hartlepool College of Further Education.
The model railway exhibits on show at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

More than 2,000 train enthusiasts steamed into Hartlepool at the weekend to enjoy a popular model railway exhibition.

The Hartlepool Model Railway Exhibition was held over two days and saw widely acclaimed and award-winning miniature masterpieces roll in town.

The model railway exhibits on show at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

The model railway exhibits on show at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

The popular annual event was held on Saturday and yesterday at Hartlepool College of Further Education, in Stockton Street, with thousands of people from across the region heading through the doors.

Organisers arranged about 25 operational layouts for rail and model enthusiasts to enjoy at the exhibition, while visitors also enjoyed a range of traders and model manufacturers from ab out 60 stands.

Around 45 specialist demonstrators from around the region also headed into town to share their expertise.

For the first time the show – which was held at the same venue last year – was held in October instead of July, in the hope of attracting more crowds to the event to raise money for charity.

The model railway exhibits on show at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

The model railway exhibits on show at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

Organised by a group of around nine volunteers called the Hartlepool Model Rail Group in partnership with the national publication Hornby Magazine, the event hoped to raise funds for the Hartlepool Hospice and Air Ambulance.

Co-organiser Paul Appleton said: “It’s been quite successful even though the weather hasn’t been great and we have had over 2,000 people over the weekend.  

“A lot of local families with youngsters, along with model railway enthusiasts, have turned out with many coming from Scotland and up from the Midlands. We have had lots of good feedback and the Bridge of Muir layout which has come from Caernarfon, in North Wales, has been very popular with visitors.

“The weather was better yesterday so we had a bigger turnout for the second day. There were lots of happy faces and everyone said they really enjoyed the event.”

The model railway exhibits on show at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

The model railway exhibits on show at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

Visitors were treated to operational model layouts varying in scale ranging from 60 ft to 10 ft long, which featured moving trains and effects such as sound and lights.

“This is a very high standard of exhibition and one of the biggest in the North East,” Mr Appleton added.

“Every exhibit and display is unique and created by the imagination of the individuals and or groups.”

This year visitors were also able to vote for their favourite exhibit which organisers predicted may be the Bridge of Muir which was so popular this year.

The model railway exhibits on show at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

The model railway exhibits on show at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

The model railway exhibits on show at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

The model railway exhibits on show at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

The model railway exhibits on show at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

The model railway exhibits on show at Hartlepool College of Further Education.