Train ex­hi­bi­tion on track

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A MODEL rail­way en­thu­si­ast will stage an ex­hi­bi­tion at Tyther­ing­ton School.

Shaun Hor­rocks, chair­man of Macclesfield Model Rail­way Group, has been mak­ing model train sets for more than 30 years but says it is ‘a dy­ing hobby’ due to the pop­u­lar­ity of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy.

The re­tired fa­ther-oftwo, 69, said: “It’s a great thing to do as you learn how to make things with your hands and use all kinds of skills like wood­work, elec­tron­ics and scenery mak­ing.”

He added: “But it’s a dy­ing hobby I’m afraid be­cause of things like X-boxes. A lot of young peo­ple just don’t seem to want to do these things any­more, which is a shame as model rail­way mak­ing is great for so­cial­is­ing too.”

Shaun be­came in­ter­ested in the pas­time af­ter at­tend­ing a meet­ing with a work­mate. He said: “I was fas­ci­nated. I had a job in IT and just wanted to do some­thing cre­ative us­ing my hands so I started mak­ing my own model train sets.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion is ex­pected to at­tract around 1,200 peo­ple and will fea­ture 18 train sets and demon­stra­tions and a model Thomas The Tank En­gine train for chil­dren to drive.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is on Satur­day, March 12 and Sun­day, March 13 from 10am to 4.30pm. En­try is £5.50 for adults and free for ac­com­pa­nied chil­dren un­der 16.

Model rail­way sets, books and re­fresh­ments will be on sale. Park­ing is free.

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