PICTURES: Model railway exhibition wows visitors in South Shields

Model railway enthusiasts had a ticket to ride when Jarrow's Perth Green Community Centre played host an exhibition of rolling stock and memorabilia.
Model railway enthusiasts had a ticket to ride when Jarrow's Perth Green Community Centre played host an exhibition of rolling stock and memorabilia.

It is an event which attracts people of all ages through the doors of Perth Green Community Centre in Jarrow.

And this year was no different as organisers of the 27th annual model railway exhibition were forced to open the doors early to enthusiasts.

Model railway enthusiasts had a ticket to ride when Jarrow's Perth Green Community Centre played host an exhibition of rolling stock and memorabilia.

Model railway enthusiasts had a ticket to ride when Jarrow's Perth Green Community Centre played host an exhibition of rolling stock and memorabilia.

The event is put together by members of the Perth Green Model Railway Club but exhibitors travelled from all over the country to showcase their models.

The layouts this year included images of Blackpool Illuminations, fictional places based on parts of Sunderland from yesteryear, and scenes from North Wales and Donegal.

The event, officially opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside Coun Fay Cunningham and Stella Matthewson, was hailed as a huge success – once again – by organisers.

This year the event also saw Perth Green Camera Club put on a display of railway-themed images, taken over the years in South Tyneside.

Model railway enthusiasts had a ticket to ride when Jarrow's Perth Green Community Centre played host an exhibition of rolling stock and memorabilia.

Model railway enthusiasts had a ticket to ride when Jarrow's Perth Green Community Centre played host an exhibition of rolling stock and memorabilia.

Organiser Paul Varey said: “It is a lot of hard work putting an event of this kind on, but it feels good when you see the amount of people year on year coming through the doors, and that people are still interested.

“There was lots of excitement around the photographs with lots of people who worked in the area reminiscing.

“On Sunday, we had a lot more 
families coming to the exhibition which was really nice to see 
and they were particularly 
interested in the model put together by one of our youngest exhibitors.

“Work is already started on next year’s event and the events following as we have to work at least two to three years in advance.”

Model railway enthusiasts had a ticket to ride when Jarrow's Perth Green Community Centre played host an exhibition of rolling stock and memorabilia.

Model railway enthusiasts had a ticket to ride when Jarrow's Perth Green Community Centre played host an exhibition of rolling stock and memorabilia.

The Perth Green Model Railway Club meets at Perth Green Community Centre on Wednesdays 7pm until 10pm.

For information on the model railway club, http://perthgreenmrc.org/

Model railway enthusiasts had a ticket to ride when Jarrow's Perth Green Community Centre played host an exhibition of rolling stock and memorabilia. We're not sure if young Jake Bell, aged nine, from Sunderland caught the train to the fair.

Model railway enthusiasts had a ticket to ride when Jarrow's Perth Green Community Centre played host an exhibition of rolling stock and memorabilia. We're not sure if young Jake Bell, aged nine, from Sunderland caught the train to the fair.

Model railway enthusiasts had a ticket to ride when Jarrow's Perth Green Community Centre played host an exhibition of rolling stock and memorabilia.

Model railway enthusiasts had a ticket to ride when Jarrow's Perth Green Community Centre played host an exhibition of rolling stock and memorabilia.

Model railway enthusiasts had a ticket to ride when Jarrow's Perth Green Community Centre played host an exhibition of rolling stock and memorabilia. Exhibitor Peter Rose puts the finishing touches to his set.

Model railway enthusiasts had a ticket to ride when Jarrow's Perth Green Community Centre played host an exhibition of rolling stock and memorabilia. Exhibitor Peter Rose puts the finishing touches to his set.

Model railway enthusiasts had a ticket to ride when Jarrow's Perth Green Community Centre played host an exhibition of rolling stock and memorabilia. Local lad Cameron Ross casts his eye over one of the set-ups.

Model railway enthusiasts had a ticket to ride when Jarrow's Perth Green Community Centre played host an exhibition of rolling stock and memorabilia. Local lad Cameron Ross casts his eye over one of the set-ups.

Model railway enthusiasts had a ticket to ride when Jarrow's Perth Green Community Centre played host an exhibition of rolling stock and memorabilia.

Model railway enthusiasts had a ticket to ride when Jarrow's Perth Green Community Centre played host an exhibition of rolling stock and memorabilia.

Model railway enthusiasts had a ticket to ride when Jarrow's Perth Green Community Centre played host an exhibition of rolling stock and memorabilia.

Model railway enthusiasts had a ticket to ride when Jarrow's Perth Green Community Centre played host an exhibition of rolling stock and memorabilia.

Model railway enthusiasts had a ticket to ride when Jarrow's Perth Green Community Centre played host an exhibition of rolling stock and memorabilia. Mark Harrison considers a carraige.

Model railway enthusiasts had a ticket to ride when Jarrow's Perth Green Community Centre played host an exhibition of rolling stock and memorabilia. Mark Harrison considers a carraige.