Over 150 people around the Kent area took a break from the hectic Christmas shopping trips to enjoy a great model railway exhibition.

The East Kent Model Railway Society was in Whitstable on Saturday (December 7th) to showcase some of the latest products and fascinating layouts to the paying public, Canterbury Times reports. However, there was a real show-stopper this year as model railway enthusiasts were given an up close and personal thanks to the innovative train cam.

A small video was attached to the front of a low wagon and then the live footage was transmitted via Wi-Fi on to an iPad. This allowed visitors to see the real detail that had gone into making these model trains and also provide something extra than just the usual layouts that people come to expect from these events.

Speaking to the news provider, Nick Evans, chairman of the society, said: “We had a good day, the afternoon was much busier than the morning as it happens. People appreciated being able to see the train cam on the layout at different times.

"Lots of people were waving to the train as it passed them so they could see themselves on the screen. It was the first time we had tried this and it did add a new dimension to the day."

Visitors were also treated to Kent's largest 00 scale permanent layout which had an array of model trains whizzing up and down. The event was a great day out for both young and old alike and Mr Evans went on to thank everyone that attended.

While many had chosen this over braving the shops, it may just have given some people a great idea for a Christmas present for that special someone. A model train set can provide a hobby for life or a sense of nostalgia for the older generation.