Model railway enthusiasts are in for a pre-Easter treat as The 16mm Association National Garden Railway Show comes to Peterborough on April 12th.

The event brings together some of the big names of modelling world and will allow enthusiasts to network with like-minded people to discuss how they can get the best out of their own collection. Kicking off at 10:00 BST people will be able to get involved with the various exhibitors and layouts, as well as enter a draw to win some great prizes – including models such as the Roundhouse WW1 supplied by Roundhouse and a WW1 wagon kit supplied by Slaters among a host of other gifts.

Events of this ilk are the lifeblood of the model railway community and bring together enthusiasts from all over the country. They are important as it creates a social environment and allows people to gain insight from some industry experts on how they can improve their own collection. People can take inspiration from certain layouts or even note a different approach which they could implement into their own work.

There will be a host of top names from the industry in attendance at the East of England Showground. Mamod will be making an appearance while Locoworks, Model Sounds Ltd, Pendlebury Models and Accucraft UK Limited will also be on hand to offer helpful tips. There will be a full array of products on show including the new Mamod marine engines which the company has been working hard to remaster over recent months.

Visitors will be able to see the various impressive layouts painstakingly created by modellers and this year there are some special additions. Timpdon Lake Railway will be showing attendees that it is possible to create a layout in the garden, shed or cellar. This impressive layout includes a small lake representing the scene of a small town in the Lake District and has been wowing crowds since its debut in 2000.

Anglia Roads is a stalwart of the event circuit and is the portable track of the East Anglian Group of the Gauge 1 Model Railway Association. It comprises of three loops of 45mm track with the two inner loops designed for live steam operation while the outer loop is geared towards two rail electric operation and has run battery powered locomotives in the past. Elsewhere, the Dixon Green & Saed-Y-Parc layout is the work of junior members and comprises of an unusual L-shape.

The 16mm Association National Garden Railway Show is a real celebration of working steam models and can give visitors real inspiration of what they can create. These events allow people to get a real insight into what they can achieve no matter what their budget is. It is also important to mix with other clubs and societies, which can provide some great ideas and tricks of the trade.

Tickets for the event have been frozen and are available on the day priced £8 for adults while accompanied juniors (under the age of 18) go free of charge. Discounts are available for Association Members.