Model railway fundraiser in Chichester

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CHICHESTER’S Annual Model Railway Exhibition will be held this weekend (October 19).

On Saturday, the fundraising day will be held at Chichester High School for Boys, between 10am and 4.30pm and will be officially opened by deputy mayor John Hughes around 10.30am.

The yearly event is organised by Chichester Lions Club and there will be 20 working layouts in scales from N-gauge, through TT and 00, to 0-gauge.

On four 00 layouts visitors will be able to play with the trains.

An organiser said: “Seven trade stalls will provide comprehensive support for your modelling needs.

“You will find new and pre-owned items for your layout, transport books, pictures, and tools and parts for making models.”

Information from two railway preservation societies, the 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers, and from Chichester Model Engineers on larger models will be available.

Outside, Chichester Model Engineers will be offering rides on their portable track.

The British Transport Police will be on hand along with Network Rail this year to give information about the dangers on the railway – and how to avoid them.

The Lions Club said it had secured their attendance because of the continuing dangers posed at the large number of single barrier level crossings in the area, but the advice would also relate to other items of railway safety.

Specialist toy auctioneer and valuer Chris Gale, from Toovey’s Auctioneers of Washington, Sussex, will return to offer valuations for any old toys.

There will also be games with prizes, which organisers said would include a Children’s “I-Spy on the Layouts” competition, and “Pick-a-Winning Station”.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day at The Junction Cafe.

Car parking is free, and there is easy access for disabled people.

The school hall is only a short walk from Chichester railway and bus stations.

Admission prices are £4.50 for adults, £3.50 for seniors, £2 for under 12s and £11 for a family (two adults and two children).

All proceeds go to charities supported by Lions Club of Chichester.

The Lions Club said it was grateful for the financial support from Chichester-based companies Dyson King, Panther Truck Rental, and Dunnaways Private Car Hire.

For further information, call 07777 681292 or visit www.chilions.org.uk.