The UK's start to 2014 has been somewhat of a miserable one with heavy downpours and stormy conditions battering the country.

Parts of Wales, Scotland and western England have been subject to flooding with eight severe flood warnings being issued in areas such as Gloucestershire and Dorset. Welsh residents have also begun to be cautious as a high tide is expected on Friday (January 3rd) while a tidal surge has already caused flooding in Scotland.

As many people batten down the hatches to stop a surge of water come flowing in organisers of the Calne Model Rail Show are staying positive. The Wiltshire event is due to take place on January 18th and 19th and could be hit by poor weather conditions. However, organisers have said that they plan to stay open and carry on the time honoured tradition of "on with the show", Gazette & Herald reports.

Calne Model Rail Show is no stranger to being affected by adverse weather conditions as the 2013 show was held up heavy snowfall. The event went on as planned but there were a few absences as some exhibitors were snowed in, forcing them to cancel their appearance. It also took a toll on attendance figures which dropped from the normal 2,000 to 700.

Organisers maintain that the show will go-ahead no matter what the weather and are encouraging people to come down and see the variety of layouts that will be on offer in two weeks time. This year's event sees some impressive layouts which represent landscapes of the UK, Germany, Switzerland and the US. These will also span from the time of World War I all the way up to the modern day.

The show will kick off at Calne Leisure Centre from 10:00 GMT to 17:00 GMT on both days. Admission for adults is £4.50 and there are discounts available for children and families.