Model railway enthusiasts from all over the UK descended onto Suffolk over the weekend (August 3rd and 4th) to celebrate the Silver Jubilee Model Railway Exhibition.
The event itself had something to make a song and dance about as it marked its 25th anniversary. Hundreds of people attended the Southwold model railway exhibition in north Suffolk and it was once again a major hit. EDP24 reported that organisers were happy with the "good turnout" and visitors were suitably impressed with the 20 layouts, all in different scales, which were featured at St Felix School in Reydon.
Rob Bishop, exhibition manager of Waveney Valley Model Railway Club, has been organising these events since the very beginning and was very pleased with amount of people that had come to visit the various layouts. Those in attendance were impressed by a scale model of Hungerford Station, in Berkshire, from the 1920s. There was also a working crane, a model steam locomotive shed and the Yeoman's Quay 'O Gauge' model railway.
"It is my 25th year of staging this model railway exhibition, and as exhibition manager we have opened our doors to some 40,000 visitors throughout this time. So it is a very special anniversary for me, the club and its members who have worked so hard and supported me to make this exhibition the great success it has become," Mr Bishop told the news provider.
Visitors got an extra special treat to mark the special occasion, BBC radio presenter and creater and co-writer of the television comedy series 'Oh Dr Beeching' Richard Spendlove was in attendance. He was joined by fellow dignitaries including the mayor of Southwold, Simon Tobin.
Model railway events are becoming increasingly popular with tourists flocking to the world's biggest miniature railroad across the pond in New Jersey. Northlandz, in Flemington, is currently in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the largest of its kind across the globe, the Daily Mail reports.