Thousands of miniature trains will pull up at Alexandra Palace station later this month – for the London Festival of Railway Modeling.
Now in its 23rd year, the festival of diddy trains will fill out the north London venue’s Great Hall, with 40 working train track layouts based on regions in the UK, as well as those further afield in Europe, China and the USA.
Around 10,000 people are expected to show up over the weekend of March 19-20, so let’s pray the life-sized trains are running OK.
One particular layout to look out for is Copenhagen Fields – a reimagining of the area immediately north of King’s Cross, around the inter-war period. Construction of the model began in 1983, but the Model Railway Club prides itself on adding something new for every show the layout attends.
Altogether, over 100 traders and societies – plus retailers and manufacturers – will be on hand for tips and demonstrations. But despite the show being attended by plenty of the kind of people who know what a Tenshodo Coreless motor bogie is – don’t be put off if all this is new to you. If you’re dipping your toes into a potential new attic hobby, or just want to feel like a giant while watching replica Mallards zoom underneath your nose, this is a welcoming space. In short: all aboard.
London Festival of Railway Modeling, Alexandra Palace, £ 13 (adults), £ 7 (kids), 19-20 March 2022.
Last Updated 08 March 2022