Full steam ahead for model railway exhibition

RAIL GOOD FUN ... from left, Daniel Catley-White, Paul Varey and Adam Saunders are expecting a big turnout at this weekend's exhibition.
RAIL GOOD FUN ... from left, Daniel Catley-White, Paul Varey and Adam Saunders are expecting a big turnout at this weekend's exhibition.

MODEL railway enthusiasts in South Tyneside are on track for their biggest date of the year.

Perth Green Model Railway Club, in Jarrow, hosts its 27th annual exhibition this weekend – with hopes high that the event is set to attract more than 1,000 visitors.

An eye-catching 16 layouts will be on display, with one exhibitor travelling all the way from Essex, with the youngest aged just six.

Visitors will be treated to two exhibitions rolled into one – as the railway club has joined forces with Perth Green Camera Club to make the event bigger and better than ever.

Railway-themed images from across the borough – including pictures of lines no longer in use and a dramatic snap of an electric tram struck by a bomb in 1941 – will take pride of place at Perth Green Community Centre.

The joint exhibition runs from 10am tomorrow until 5pm and from 10am on Sunday until 4pm.

Club member Paul Varey said; “It is great to be able to bring layouts together showing the best in our hobby.

“This is our biggest event of the year in number terms and it is a great community event too.”

Admission is £5 for adults, £2 children and £12 for a family ticket.

The exhibition will be opened by South Tyneside Mayor, Coun Fay Cunningham, at 10am on Saturday.

Refreshments are available and there is free car parking.

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