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North Down Model Railway Society celebrates 25th anniversary with largest ever model-making weekend

By Kirsten Elder

Published 10/04/2015

Bangor is on track for the 25th anniversary of the North Down Model Railway Society.

With their annual model exhibition this weekend, North Down Model Railway Society will treat visitors to their largest ever model-making extravaganza.

The two-day event has everything from the popular miniature railways and steam engine collections to fascinating moving Meccano models and remote control airplanes, amongst many more items.

The large exhibition can be seen this Saturday and Sunday at Bangor Grammar School, Co. Down.

Tom McKee, Chairman of North Down Model Railway Society said: “My Grandfather bought me a train set at Christmas time, just before my eight birthday which was in January.”

He added: “I got extra pieces for my train set for my Birthday, one month after Christmas and that’s been me ever since… Now I have a large collection of my own”

The event guarantees to bring together the best displays there are available from model making enthusiasts across Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Denis Stewart, Assistant Exhibition Manager said: “I’ve been a member off and on for over 30 years but consistently for the last ten years. It allows me to ‘let off steam’ and we have great fun putting everything together.”

He added: “The best part of being in a society is that we can learn from each other, and have good fun.”

Highlights to this year’s event will be a mini indoor air show that will have a variety of remote control helicopters, drones and planes from the Bangor Electric Flying Club and the Belfast Model Flying Club.

With over 65 exhibitors, there will be 17 fully functioning railway layouts that include a variety of sizes for people to see.

Tickets can be purchased on the day, a family ticket (two adults and two children) is £12, and an adult ticket is £4 and for a child or senior ticket is £3.

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