Posted: 27.06.19 at 17:39 by The Editor
Penarth’s model railway exhibition returns on July 6.
Barry and Penarth’s Model Railway Club organise the event that will be held at St. Cyres School.
Nub News spoke with the exhibition manager Dan Wylam.
He said, ‘’we are hoping to give all our visitors a great experience and also spread the word about the hobby and maybe get some more people interested in it.’’
The event used to be held in the Paget Rooms as part of the Penarth Festival, but last year marked a change.
Dan said; ‘’we celebrated 40 years since the clubs formation. So, we decided to do a big show with traders and exhibitors coming from all over the country for what is now a 2-day show.
‘’We chose St. Cyres as it is such a fantastic new building and it is also has disabled access which is a big issue for some modellers. This is our second year there and we have nothing but praise for all the staff who help us over the weekend.’’
So what is happening this year? Dan said: ‘’We have over 15 layouts in most scales, from N gauge all the way up to G, depicting scenes as diverse as America and the Swiss Alps as well as several from Britain.
‘’We have 11 traders present, selling everything from secondhand locos and wagons to complete digital control systems and everything in between, including Squires Tools who supply a huge range of tools for more than just model railways.
‘’The traders are coming from as far afield as the Isle of Wight and Carlisle to Lord & Butler, the show sponsors, who are from the old pumping station on Cardiff Road.
‘’We have a resident artist who will be displaying some of his finished goods and working on another masterpiece over the course of the weekend.
"And, there will also be some skilled modellers doing demonstrations how various skill sets within the hobby.’’
The event will be family-friendly and children are encouraged to participate. ‘’We also have a ride on train for the children and young at heart and a vintage bus shuttle from Cogan railway station operating on both days,’’ says Dan.
The exhibition will run from 10am - 4:30pm on Saturday the 6th of July and from 10am - 4pm Sunday the 7th of July.