Model railway show steaming into Swanage next month

A MODEL railway exhibition will steam back into Purbeck next month.

The event will take place at Harman’s Croft Village Hall, in Haycraft’s Lane, Swanage, on Saturday and Sunday, August 12 and 13.

Rail fans will be able to enjoy up to 15 layouts, ranging from the smallest imaginable size, N gauge, to G scale.

It will be open to visitors from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and from 10am to 4pm the following day.

Show organiser, Dakota Dibben, said: “I’m expecting this to be a popular event, bringing with it a great chance for people to enjoy nostalgia in miniature.

“It also offers the chance to learn more about a potential new pastime or simply appreciate the care taken to create a model railway.”

Layouts on display include Feldspar, an N-gauge layout set in a coffee table, based on a small market town somewhere in the middle of England, and Wickhambreux Rd, which depicts a station on the Canterbury Light Railway just prior to the Second World War.

“There has been a real upsurge of interest in model railways during the past few years thanks to people having more free time during the pandemic lockdowns,” Dakota added.

“That has been helped no end by high profile TV programmes like Hornby: A Model World which recently aired its second series on the Yesterday TV channel.”

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