Second event showcases awesome model railways alongside RC fighter jets and cars

Stonham Barns Park has hosted its second ever model railway show and – according to the organisers – The Model Railway and Remote-Control Show on Sunday 24 March was bigger and better than the first attracting over 2000 exhibitors and visitors.

The show demonstrated the amazing skill of a range of model railway enthusiasts who recreate the beauty and wonder of rail transport systems in perfect detail.  Visitors were able to see around 16 of the best model railways layouts from around the UK covering all major scales/gauges and meet members of a variety of clubs and societies.  There were a range of model railway layouts on show from manufacturers including Hornby, Bachmann and Dapol.

Added to this there were remote-control exhibits of all shapes and sizes – including cars and trucks – with the largest being some fighter jets, a Jet Provost and a Lancaster Bomber from the Bury Model Flying Club.

Said organiser Richard Ward, ‘Model trains and railway settings have always been popular in the UK and the hobby is still very big news today.’

‘It is an infinitely creative hobby and new technology has brought a new dimension to the pastime.  Who doesn’t like to see and hear historic trains in small scale settings.  It is the hobby that keeps giving.  It’s not only building the layouts, but also enhancing them by adding landscaping and weathering.  Model railways offer so many layout possibilities and that’s what makes the subject so interesting.’

This year’s show was supported by Eastern Counties Bus Preservation Group who brought some of their vehicles to the show.  Said Jamie Vendy, ‘We are very honoured to join in with this event. Our presence and following hopefully added more visitors to the day.’

A free regular bus shuttle service ran to and from Stowmarket railway station on the day so that people who use public transport could get to and from the event.  There was also a collection/drop service from Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum at Wetheringsett and Top Flight Light Railway from Reepham exhibited a Portable Railway with Miniature Engines hauling trains throughout the day.’

Stonham Barns Park has been serving the community of Suffolk since it first opened in 1987 and is still as much a family destination as it was when it first opened, and it is now becoming a more prominent part of Suffolk tourism which is growing exponentially year on year.  Stonham Barns Park itself welcomes many visitors from all over the UK – particularly from London, the South-East and from as far away as The North and Scotland.

For further information contact the Events Team at [email protected] or 01449 711111