They say that everything is bigger in America and that rings true when it comes to model railway shows.

Back home in the UK there is always a buzz in certain communities when the topic of model railways comes up and this love affair has transferred across the Atlantic and into the US. This past weekend (January 4th and 5th) saw the International Exposition Center in Cleveland, Ohio, play host to the World's Greatest Hobby On Tour Train Show which showcased some of the very best in train modelling with hundreds in all shapes and sizes on display.

The event was heralded as a huge success as around 15,000 people attended the event on the Saturday alone. There was a whole host of intricate layouts on show with expert modellers and collectors setting up elaborate scenes of countrysides, cities, valleys and even mountain ranges. Children and adult's were impressed with just the sheer number of trains, trucks and locomotives on display.

While there was a plethora of layouts and scenery there was also time for fun for the younger attendees with a scaled Thomas The Tank Engine, complete with carriages Annie and Clarabel, for them to ride.

Collectors and clubs came from all over the US with the Miami Valley Modular Railway club assembling one of the largest layouts of the entire event. The Florida outfit created a layout which included 300 feet of track which club president Ken Allen explained was akin to 4.87 miles. Another highlight was the efforts of the Northern Ohio Garden Railway Society which brought some large G-scale train to the event.

The US is becoming an increasingly prominent market for model railway companies. Mamod is one firm that has been attracting interest from across the pond and has now looked to meet that demand by expanding its shipping to customers in the US.