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WATCH: Marvelling at mini model railway world in Wombourne - with pictures

By Thomas Parkes | South Staffordshire | Attractions | Published:

From Marilyn Monroe to a postman being bitten by a dog – these are just part of a miniature world uncovered at a model railway exhibition.

Arline Wilson from Stafford Railway Circle

The Wombourne Model Railway exhibition at the Wombourne Civic Centre saw enthusiasts from across the country gather to show off their layouts.

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Marvelling at mini model railway world in Wombourne

Hundreds of visitors flocked to the show, from as far as Manchester and Weston Super Mare, which raised more than £1600 for Sandy's Legacy Retriever Rescue.

Various layouts showed a couple sharing a cheeky kiss, a selection of model trains, buses, houses as well as figurines of people waiting for trains.

The exhibition had 21 layouts and eight stalls t the Gravel Hill venue.

Bryan Shear, spokesman for the event, said: "It's an excellent exhibition. Numbers were up by about 20 per cent and we had quite a lot of families and children, which was good because they're the modellers of the future.

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Archie Brown 8 and Seth Brown 5 from Wombourne

"We had 230 adults, 325 concessions – senior citizens and children between 12 and 16 – then 65 children under 12.

"We had quite a varied selection of layouts – with one layout depicting Cuba and Latin America, one depicting the Severn Valley Railway, a novelty one built on a tray with buses and trains going around, another on a fictitious gold mine in mid-Wales.

Martin Rich from Welshpool with the side detail of his Gold mine set up

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"We also had the Big Big Train, which was only available in the UK in the late 60s. The kids were mesmerised by that.

"There was quite a good selection from the UK and European layouts."

Pete Howells from Warley and Ken Jones from Solihull

The show featured more than 500 visitors in 2018.

Mr Shear added: "We would like to thank all our supporters who worked hard all day, our catering people, our paramedic, Joe and the staff from the Civic Centre and of course for the support of Wombourne Parish Council and the councillors."

John Collins, Neil Baker and Phil Powell from Kidderminster

The next model railway exhibition will be held at the centre on October 19.

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Trainee Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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