Full steam ahead for model railway display

Jon Laws' Cottingvale layout, which will go on show during the model railway exhibition at the Aln Valley Railway.
Jon Laws' Cottingvale layout, which will go on show during the model railway exhibition at the Aln Valley Railway.

A major model railway display will be pulling into Alnwick – in what will be the first of its kind in the town for many years.

The exhibition will be full steam ahead at the Aln Valley Railway’s Lionheart Station site on Saturday, September 5, and Sunday, September 6.

There will be around 14 different scenes on show, including some Alnwick-based layouts which will be exhibited publicly for the first time.

Others to arrive in the town will be Marine Park Yard, displayed and operated by Les Paul, Cottingvale, from Jon Laws, and California Coast, by Simon Cahill and members of the Blyth and Tyne Model Railway Society.

Newcastle Model Railway Society will exhibit its layout Chertsey, and Mike Fishwick will showcase Dunelm, set in British Railways’ diesel era.

Roger Jermy, from the Aln Valley Railway, said: “Alnwick hasn’t hosted a major model railway exhibition for years, so we are rectifying this.”

Visitors can take part in a shunting puzzle layout, while Malcolm Foreman will be operating some live steam gauge 1 models. Other attractions will include static model displays, model railway equipment for sale and railway author Matthew Dench will be present on the Saturday to sell and sign his books.

There will also be diesel train rides and even the chance for adults to take control of a full-size diesel locomotive for £10.

Admission is a £4 donation, U16s free. Entry includes a fully-illustrated brochure. The event runs from 10.30am to 4pm each day.