Annual South Tyneside model railway show is right on track

Model railway enthusiasts at a former exhibition
Model railway enthusiasts at a former exhibition

Model railways fans are getting all steamed up for one of their biggest events of the year this weekend.

Perth Green Model Railway Club is holding its annual exhibition on Saturday and Sunday.

An exhibit from an earlier exhibition

An exhibit from an earlier exhibition

Last year the event attracted almost 1000 visitors and the club’s 50 members holds the exhibition each year - bringing amazing layouts to the region for people to admire and be inspired by.

The event takes place at Perth Green Community Association, Inverness Road, Jarrow on Saturday between 10am and 5pm and Sunday, between 10am and 4pm.

The 14 layouts will cover everything from a replication of the electrified west cost main line as it was in the 1990’s to a depiction of a small quarry and loading facility for Middle Peak Quarry near Wirksworth in Derbyshire.

Organiser Eric Fletcher said: “Two examples of the more unusual layouts on display will be ‘Wellmich am Rhein’ which depicts part of the Koblenz to Wiesbaden route and ‘Project Iraq’ which models a moment in time in 2003 somewhere near Basra in southern Iraq soon after the fighting had ceased.

Perth Green Model Railway exhibition.

Perth Green Model Railway exhibition.

“The detail modelled in some of the layouts is extraordinary. One called Wemblesden Park includes a fully detailed signal box with a working track diagram linked to the layouts signalling system.”

Local, three layouts model scenes in rural Northumberland, Westoe Colliery, South Shields, and Sunderland Docks.

Admission costs £5 for adults and £2 for children. A family ticket (two adults and two children) costs £12.

A model railway layout

A model railway layout

One of the exhibits

One of the exhibits