February comes to an end this weekend signalling the phasing out of winter and the ushering in of spring.
The lighter nights and slightly warmer weather provides the perfect opportunity to get out and visit some of the sights the UK has to offer. March and April are a great time to see the nation's heritage railways in all their glory. Clubs and societies will be hosting a number of special days throughout the spring where people will be able to view the countryside from the comfort of a steam locomotive.
With February coming to a close, what better way to enjoy the final weekend with a trip to model railway exhibition? The Lincoln & District Model Club is holding its annual exhibition and has billed it to be bigger and better than ever before. It is the first time the club has held an event of this size in its history.
The 'First Major Model Railway Show' will be held at the Lincolnshire Showground on Saturday and Sunday (February 28th and March 1st). It is the perfect opportunity for everyone from the hobbyist to the committed enthusiast to gain some inspiration of what they could achieve with their own layouts at homes.
As with all model railway exhibitions there will be a host of layouts specially designed by modellers both in the society and from others across the region. Among the displays already confirmed for this weekend's show are the Bostcroft 00 gauge, Waterloo Road MPD 00 gauge, Loughborough Derby Road N gauge and the Clee Valley Railway 09 gauge.
The great thing about building a model railway layout is that they can either depict a real life railway or go completely left-ield and create a totally fictional landscape. This can provide the inspiration modellers need to set up their own layout either at their club or at home.
Vendors and demonstrations
The Lincoln & District show already has an abundance of vendors confirmed to be in attendance. The likes of Hobby Holidays, Modelmania, Modellers Mate and Elaines Trains will all be at the show allowing people to purchase models, accessories or even parts of scenery to add to their collection.
Visitors will also be treated to a number of expert demonstrations from the likes of Ruth Frampton, Peter Brinded and Jacquie Perratt, where they can see these impressive layouts in action. This also offers opportunities for people to ask for advice for when it comes to building their own collection.
People may also be travelling to the Lincoln & District show curious about the workings of a model railway society and how they could get involved. Five clubs in total will be at the event and they can run visitors run everything they need to know about signing up. These societies offer opportunities to work on major projects while also embracing all different types of models available on the market.
Admission is priced at £6 for adults, £3 for children while family tickets (2+3) are available for £15. The fun kicks off at 10:00 GMT on Saturday.