Hundreds enjoy train exhibition

PUBLISHED: 14:00 17 January 2012

Bob Pritchard with his model tramway layout 'Milestone'.

Bob Pritchard with his model tramway layout 'Milestone'.


HORDES of Weston train enthusiasts were amazed by a model railway exhibition held on Saturday and Sunday.

The event was filled with eager faces waiting to see rooms filled with complex train layouts, which were built by district clubs and puffing with steam.

Thomas the Tank Engine was set up for the amusement of children, who were allowed to operate the trains themselves.

While the children were occupied parents and other adults had a chance for tea, coffee and home-made cakes.

Jeremy Long, aged 42, from Weston Village, said: “The models were fantastic and full of tiny details from farm animals, people toiling in workshops to veggie patches in back gardens.

“Some of the trains even had steam coming out of them! I had a train set on a pulley system in my bedroom as a child but it was nothing compared to these set-ups.

“My three-year-old son Reuben loved operating the Thomas the Tank Engine along one track, in fact it was hard work getting him away from the event at the end.”

Funds raised from the event are still being counted and all of the money will go to Weston Hospicecare.

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