Like most things, trains have evolved over the decades. From the beautiful and imposing steam engines of yesteryear, to today's high-speed machines which fly across the UK's rail networks.

However, just like vintage models such as Formula One cars or old war planes, there is something aesthetically pleasing about older trains, and that's before we've even got on to the engineering and the science behind their workings.

This is why collectors and hobbyists continue to meet regularly to discuss these models and listen to talks and lectures.

Tonight (March 15th), the Burton and South Derbyshire College lecture theatre is expected to be filled as the Burton and District Engineering Society comes together for a seminar on steam engines.

The Burton Mail reports that David Hulse, best known for his researched and constructed models of miniature trains, will be the main attraction having had his one-sixteenth scale version of Thomas Newcomen's engine featured on television.

He will talk to steam engine hobbyists about his research into the Newcomen engine and give further details on his modelling activities.

This event follows on from last Sunday's Cyfarthfa Miniature Railway's Model Show which was held at Cyfarthfa High School.

It was opened by Merthyr mayor Lisa Mytton and welcomed more than 300 visitors and exhibitors from around South Wales, according to Wales Online.

Among the attractions was a selection of live steam and electric five-inch gauge locomotives and wagons which had been constructed by members of Merthyr Tydfil Model Engineering Society.

There was great news for the Neath Model Railway Club at the show, as they sold their £1,000 display to one of the first visitors into the event.

Going to lectures and local shows featuring miniature steam engines is a great way to get into the hobby.

While most people will probably pick up their interest from family members or friends, it is easy to immerse yourself and magazines are available for reading up on the subject.

Stores like Mamod, which was launched back in 1936, are another fantastic resource to try out. Videos of stunning models can be viewed before investing in your first scale model.