RAILWAY buffs have been so chuffed with an event which exhibits miniature tracks that hundreds of people from across the country are expected to visit the annual show at the weekend.

Nearly 700 people turned up to last year’s Hexham Model Railway Show in 2018, and it is hoped similar numbers will show up for the event, to be held at Hexham Mart’s Function Suite between 10am and 3pm on Saturday, May 11.

The show, founded by Tynedale Trains business owner Kris Fagan, started life in the town’s Torch Centre in 2017 but quickly outgrew the premises as 400 crammed into the premises in its debut year.

A number of railway model groups will exhibit their mini lay-outs based on real railways, and Birtley Model Railway Group have created a model including Fourstones Sawmill.

Kris said: “From a bit of research I did last year, 50 per cent of visitors came from the immediate Hexham area, 30 per cent from the North-East, and the others from all over especially Yorkshire and Scotland.

“The thing with model railways is that it is a small community, but people are prepared to travel because there’s not many events on in this area, especially in the summer.

“In the first year, we thought we might get 150 people at most but we couldn’t believe how many turned up and we had to move to a bigger premises because people couldn’t move it was that packed.”

While the show tailors to the needs of the most keen model railway fans, it also caters for all ages as the organisers aim to make it fun for all the family with the inclusion of a children’s corner.