Rattling good fun heading to Hartlepool at prestige model rail show

Last year's Hartlepool Model Railway Exhibition at the College of Further Education.
Last year's Hartlepool Model Railway Exhibition at the College of Further Education.

Organisers say this year’s Hartlepool Model Railway Exhibition will be bigger and better than ever.

Over 50 displays and stands featuring model railway layouts and specialist traders will be on show at Hartlepool College of Further Education this weekend.

Brain Gretton and grandson Dexter Harvey-Smith (8) of Hartlepool, admiring some of the model trains at the Hartlepool Model Railway Exhibition last year.

Brain Gretton and grandson Dexter Harvey-Smith (8) of Hartlepool, admiring some of the model trains at the Hartlepool Model Railway Exhibition last year.

Layouts include inspirational small displays to the huge sprawling multi-track layouts built by groups of enthusiasts from all corners of the country.

The show is organised by a group of volunteers from the local area who work hard to bring together the best selection of model railway layouts, demonstrators and traders in the North East.

Co-organiser Paul Appleton said: “The Hartlepool Model Railway Show is perfect entertainment for all the family whatever the weather, make sure you don’t miss it.”

Proceeds from this year’s show will go to Hartlepool’s Alice House Hospice and the Great North Air Ambulance service.

Among the stand out model rail layouts will be ‘Grantham’, a scale recreation of the East Coast Main Line that has taken years to build.

Miniature locomotives like the streamlined Mallard and famous Flying Scotsman run round at scale express speeds.

Other layouts feature modern diesel and electric trains.

Paul added: “One layout features a huge Museum of Transport, with all kinds of fascinating features to spot, including lifting bridges, moving boats and cars, and of course trains, including a tiny miniature railway ride.”

Operators and demonstrators will be on hand to answer questions from the public.

Doors open at 10am on both Saturday and Sunday. Last admissions are at 4pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday, with doors closing at 5pm and 4pm respectively.

The exhibition space is disabled friendly food is available.

Admission is £6 for adults, £5 for OAPs, £4 for children, while a family ticket for two adults and up to three children costs £18.

Under fives get in free.