Model railway exhibition to help boost South Shields centre's funds
Model railway enthusiasts are getting all steamed up as they get on track to host the club's first exhibition.
Members of the Model Railway Club based at Chuter Ede Community Centre are preparing to open the doors to showcase the world of miniature railways to the public.
It is the first time the group has organised an event on this scale since setting up home at the centre in Galsworthy Road six years ago.
As well as opening up the world of model railways to a new generation, they hope to raise funds for both the club itself and for the centre which is now run as a charitable organisation.
Richard Andrews said: “We have been building and designing layouts for a number of years at Chuter Ede and with the centre now running as a charity, we thought we would put a show on to try and help them to raise some money by splitting proceeds from the day between the club and the centre.
“It will also give us a chance to show the work we have done and share modelling tips with other enthusiasts and those who are starting out.
“Jason, the centre manager, and the staff here have been very accommodating since we have moved in and we wanted to do something to show our appreciation.
“Hopefully, if the show is a success we will put on another next year.”
The exhibition will open its doors at 10am on Saturday June 23 and will feature a range of layouts created by the club’s members as well as visiting exhibitors.
There will also be trade stands for people to browse.
Richard added: “The layouts will feature various scales and from various eras. Visitors will be able to find out how model railways run and to ask questions of the creators.”
The exhibition will take place at Chuter Ede Community Centre from 10am until 4pm.
Admission is £3 for adults and £1 for children.