Preparations are in full swing for the staging of the annual Hartlepool Model Railway Exhibition on July 7 and 8.
This year the exhibition has a new venue, moving back into the centre of Hartlepool at the newly re-furbished College of Further Education, in Stockton Street.
The show will be bringing some widely-acclaimed and award-winning masterpieces in miniature to the North-East, while raising funds for two town charities.
Over recent years the show has donated more than £10,000, with more than £2,500 being shared for 2011.
This year the money raised will go to Hartlepool Families First and RNLI Hartlepool.
The show is run in collaboration with Hartlepool Model Rail Group and the national publication Hornby Magazine, as well as enjoying sponsorship and support from the model manufacturer Hornby Hobbies and North-East train operator Grand Central.
A spokesman for the organiser said: “The model railways on show vary from the small ‘N’ gauge at a scale of just 2mm to the foot, through to the much larger ‘G’ gauge which has a scale of 45mm to the foot.
“In all, 24 layouts will be on show, plus specialist demonstrators and a wide range of traders and model manufacturers.
“Travelling to the venue couldn’t be easier with the bus and trains coming into the transport interchange just five minutes walk from the venue.
“Motorists can follow the A689 through to the centre of the town with car parking immediately opposite the college.”
The doors open on both days at 9.30am, closing at 5.30pm Saturday and 4.30pm on Sunday.
Admission is £6 for adults, £4 for pensioners and children and a family of two adults and up to three children costs just £16. Children aged under five get in free and all admissions include a show programme.
Bosses say the college is fully wheelchair friendly, but pets are not allowed. Catering is available.
For further details go to www.hornbymagazine.com