The popularity of model railways was once again reinforced as thousands of enthusiasts flocked to an event held at a Basingstoke school.

Over 2,000 people visited the exhibition at Aldworth Science College in Western Way to see all the latest offerings from the miniature railway world. They were treated to 23 intricate layouts while they were able to meet with the 26 traders that had set up stalls, and were able to purchase everything from mini platform lights to carriages. The event, set up by Basingstoke and North Hampshire Model Railway Society, is now in its 30th year and the two-day event proved to be a huge success.

The Basingstoke Gazette reported that among the various exhibits was a special track set up solely for children in the school’s canteen. It was well received by visitors with people from all over the region commenting on the high standard of model making.

Dave Richards, a member of the organising committee, told the news provider: “This is the 30th year of the show in our 42nd year of the club. It continues to be a popular hobby. People’s interest in model railways seems to be increasing year on year.”

Among the various layouts that were created by the society included steam engine stations of Alkham, Stodmarsh and Fisherton Sarum. There was also a whole host of locomotive settings with Cusworth’s Yard, Norgate and Exchange Sidings all featuring among the exhibits.

The Devon village of Hemyock was depicted in the model railway form and there was even an international flavour, as the German-inspired Neunbruckenbahn was on display.

It follows on from another miniature railways event which drew in crowds from all over the Derbyshire region, as Burton and South Derbyshire College’s lecture theatre played host to the Burton and District Engineering Society’s latest event, the Burton Mail reports.

The highlight of the day was a talk given by researcher and constructor of miniature trains David Hulse, who talked about various aspects to create these models.