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Saturday, May 11, 2024

Pavilion packed with garden railway enthusiasts

* A miniature steam engine makes its way around one of the numerous railway layouts on display.

Llangollen's International Pavilion is today playing host to thousands of enthusiasts attending one of the UK's largest garden railway festivals. 

Over 50 leading retailers have laid out their displays and stalls, including some showcasing some of the most ingenious railway model layouts from different periods and countries, catering for all tastes.

There have been locomotives running on various gauges, live steam, gas fired, digital and analogue operations plus a huge range of accessories and parts.

A garden railway or garden railroad is a model railway set up outdoors in a garden. 

The event is the brainchild of Llangollen-based garden model railway enthusiast Keith Potts who himself is the proud creator of a marvellous layout outside his own Llangollen home. 

He said: "Since we held our first garden railway festival in Llangollen in 2020 it has gone from strength to strength. Since COVID, the popularity of garden railways has gone through the roof.  

"Today's event has been a fantastic success as we not only got to see some amazing model railways in action, but there has also been plenty of opportunities to meet fellow enthusiasts and learn about different railway models and layouts."  

The festival closes at 4pm this afternoon (Saturday). Tickets are priced at £12 for adults, with free admission for all accompanied children. 

* The Pavilion packed with enthusiasts. 

* Making adjustments to the rolling stock.

 * Lots more stalls and exhibitors next door.

* Stall for specialists.

* Making sure everything is right on track. 

* Right stop for Ffordd-Y-Deryn station.

* An exhibitor all the way from the East Midlands.

* Getting into the correct costume.

* People gather on the platform.

* The local Glyn Valley Tramway's stall gets busy.

 * A famous face puts in an appearance. 

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