Nottingham Model Railway Society is set to purchase a significant building near to the heart of the city.

The Nottingham Post reported that the local authority is planning on selling a St Ann's structure to the group. The society has been renting the building in The Wells Road since April 2008 and now it looks as though it will be sold off as the six-year lease between the two is due to expire next year. Members of the society have previously expressed their desire to own the structure for themselves and these plans are now set to come to fruition.

Councillor Graham Chapman, deputy leader of the city council, has made the decision to sell the building, meaning that the society will have a permanent base in Nottingham.

Papers seen by the news provider said: "The proposed sale will provide a capital receipt which will go to the housing revenue account and provide the current occupier with the security they need to invest in the property."

Nottingham Model Railway Society was first formed in 1971 when five people came together to share their love of miniature steam trains. It was originally based at the Bulwell Youth Club and even held a number of exhibitions throughout the 1970s but as the group began to grow there was the need to relocate to bigger premises.

After being somewhat nomadic, the society finally found a home at the council building in Mapperley, Nottingham, and now looks set to stay there for the foreseeable future. People from all walks of life are part of the group but the majority (around 25 per cent) are former railwaymen who still maintain a passion for the engines.

The society holds a number of exhibitions and has already began planning for next year's event. Organisers have announced that the next chance for people to see the very best that the group has to offer will be on March 15th and 16th 2014 at their new, permanent home.