Train exhibition on track
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.