A MODEL railway show will be steaming into Maldon next weekend.

The show is due to stop over in the town on Sunday February 25 at the Plume Academy in Fambridge Road.

It is the perfect opportunity for fans both young and old to see more than 20 model railway layouts.

With a strong railway heritage in Maldon, it is bound to be a popular event and is a great opportunity for people to enjoy nostalgia in miniature, for others to learn about a new potential past time or simply appreciate the care taken to create a model railway.

It's being supported by clubs and modellers from around the South East.

Some of the many layouts to feature in the show is the Stodden Hundred Light Railway, a depiction of a rural railway on the borders of Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire, in the mid-1930s, just before everything changed with the Second World War.

There will also be Upper Downham, the sleepy village somewhere in North Essex, with its actual location lost in the mists of time has a narrow gauge railway line to the larger town. The line reaches its terminus at the station on the layout.

Ashurst Light Brickworks is an imaginary village nestled alongside a narrow estuary on the Sussex coast, which will also be on display.

There will be Wendsleydale, an amusing Model Railway based on a cheese production plant with animation to enhance the interest for the public, and Shellhaven, which isn't just a model railway, but a glimpse into the mysterious world of British oil refineries in Essex.

Finally, a layout called Three Tops, which includes Circleton Village, where visitors will have the chance to control a layout and support a charity at the same time.

Steve Hughes, the exhibitor, will be fundraising for the air ambulance and the group will be supporting him with the cause.

There will be a small admission for the exhibition, with proceeds going to the air ambulance.

The show will run from 10am to 4.30pm.