Organisers chuffed to be holding model rail show in Birchington once more

Birchington Model Railway Exhibition

Working up a fine head of steam for a welcome return is the Birchington Model Railway Exhibition which will be held at The Centre in Alpha Road, on Saturday 15 April between 10am and 4pm.

The Centre’s main hall will be packed with 14 model railway exhibits set alongside a number of trade stands – offering visitors the chance to purchase second hand items and spare parts for their own model railways.

Hosting the show, in aid of its funds, is the Whitstable based East Kent Model Railway Society.

Its Chairman Nick Evans said: “We were delighted to welcome more than 600 adults and children through the doors last year and it would be wonderful to see as many people return this time around. Events such as ours enable enthusiasts of all ages to not only further develop their interest but meet model shop traders face to face.

“EKMRS held its first exhibition in Birchington 10 years ago, marking the 150th anniversary of the opening of the railway line to the village in 1863.

“To help celebrate the 160th anniversary, we will be launching a limited edition OO scale model wagon in the livery of FL Pettman of Margate which was a coal merchant in Thanet during the Victorian and Edwardian eras.”

Just 150 models have been made for the club by Wales based Dapol. FL Pettman operates today as a removal firm and auctioneers, based in Cliftonville.

Among the displays are a number created by EKMRS members as well as enthusiasts from Thanet, Faversham, Canterbury, Herne Bay and Elham.

The exhibits come in a range of scales and sizes, the smallest being only around three feet long and the largest nearly 20 feet.

Adult admission to the exhibition is £4 while children under 16 years old get in free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Parking can be found at the Alpha Road pay and display car park and along roads nearby. Birchington station is a three minute walk away and buses stop close by as well. Light refreshments will be on sale at The Centre during the event.

EKMRS hopes to recruit more members and details of how to join can be had by emailing [email protected].


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