Model railway enthusiasts packed into Uckfield Civic Centre this morning as a two day exhibition got under way.
By the time Uckfield Model Railway Club was ready to open the doors at 10am there were about 100 people queuing to get inside.
A real treat was in store with stands in the Weald Hall and the Ashdown Room and 15 layouts on display along with the opportunity to buy new stock, and get help with repairs.
Layouts included OO, O and N gauge in a wide range of scenes.
Figure painter Cat Gibbs was making progress on a commission of 70 figures for a new O gauge layout, that’s on a scale of 7mm per foot. She has already completed about 30 figures.
She also had with her the tiniest Superman and Wonderwoman in Z gauge.
A mixture of carpet tape and dressmaking pin had enabled her to hold Wonderwoman, the smallest of the two, in place while she worked.
Exhibitors came from far and wide, the furthest from Newport in Wales and visitors travelled long distances too – some, from the continent had timed their holiday to coincide with the event, according to Uckfield club president Keith Nock.
The exhibition remains open until 5pm today and will be open again tomorrow from 10am until 5pm.
Uckfield Model Railway Club which was formed in 1973, meets on Mondays from 7.30pm in the former Hobby Box shop in Framfield Road. Members are building three layouts at the moment in different sizes.
The exhibition is their biggest event of the year but the club also takes its own layouts to other shows. They are off to Bracknell in a couple of weeks time.
See more pictures from the exhibition below.
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