All aboard for mini railway festival fun in Doncaster

A Festival of British Railway Modelling was held at Doncaster Racecourse. Colin Snowdon is pictured with his layout Empingham.
A Festival of British Railway Modelling was held at Doncaster Racecourse. Colin Snowdon is pictured with his layout Empingham.
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Railway modellers and enthusiasts gathered in Doncaster for one of the biggest events in their annual calender.

The Festival of Railway Modelling returned to Doncaster Exhibition Centre, Doncaster Racecourse, on Saturday and Sunday.

The event was described by the organisers as ‘the ultimate day for modellers’ providing ‘everything you could want for your hobby under one roof’.

Visitors were treated to more than 30 layouts each with a ‘Best of British’ theme.

All displayed a range of expertise in British railway modelling.

British Railway Museum project layouts, which have recently appeared in the magazine of the same name, were also on show, giving fans a chance for an exclusive look when they visited the BRM village.

For those wanting to expand their own collections, there were over 80 exhibitors at the show offering must-have modelling items, including models, tools, kits, parts and accessories.

Specialist exhibitors, sold unique and hard to find items for rarer scales and gauges.

There were also 13 limited edition ‘Cadbury of Bournville’ wagons on display which were also available to buy.

For visitors looking to improve their modelling skills or begin to build their very own railway layouts, it was full steam ahead to the RMweb Live Theatre, which was new for this year.

There visitors were given a range of advice and tips on the latest modelling techniques by experts and there were live demonstrations.

Presenters were also on-hand throughout both days to answer any questions people had.

The event was enjoyed by beginners, experts and families alike and organisers said it was a big success.

Lauren Wright, exhibitions marketing executive, said: “We are extremely pleased how the weekend went, the show was a huge success for all the visitors and those that were there trading, which is our main goal.

“There was a fabulous display of “Best of British” layouts which all the visitors greatly enjoyed.”

For more information, visit www.model-railways-live.co.uk, search British Railway Modelling on Facebook, or follow @BRMmagazine on Twitter.