A MUCH-loved Inverclyde institution which has been on the right track for more than 40 years is going full-steam ahead for its annual exhibition. 

Greenock & District Model Railway Club's 2023 show will run at Lyle Kirk in Greenock on October 21 and 22. 

Members of the club hope to welcome people of all ages to the event, which has been running since the mid-1980s. 

This year's celebration of all things model railway looks set to be bigger and better than ever before as the club welcomes enthusiasts from all over Scotland. 

Greenock Telegraph:
Brian Thompson, who has been a member of the club for the last 13 years, says this year's event will live up to its affectionate title, 'The Friendly Show'. 

He added: "We're really looking forward to meeting people. 

"We'll be talking to everyone about their own sets and answering any questions people have. 

"It's a real family show and all ages are welcome."

Greenock & District Model Railway Club started life in 1978 and there has been an event every year since the mid-1980s apart from during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Greenock Telegraph:
Club member John Miller joined in 1979 and has been devoted to model railways ever since. 
John will be bringing his Hornby Dublo three-rail set, which dates back to the 1950s, to this year's show. 

The Inverclyde model railway enthusiasts will welcome fellow club members from Perth, Paisley and Ayr over the weekend. 

The Dunoon Modellers will also be there, and there will be a fantastic selection of traders who will have books and models on show. 

Attendees will also get the chance to see 3D printing in action. 

Greenock Telegraph:
Youngsters can try out an amazing wooden BRIO set and there will be a Thomas the Tank Engine set there too. 

Delicious home baking and a buffet will be provided by dedicated volunteers at Lyle Kirk. 

Greenock Telegraph:
Brian and John believe model railways appeal to people of all ages. 

Brian added: "It's an all-encompassing hobby. 

"You have to be a woodworker, an electrician, an artist, a historian and a researcher to make the layouts as realistic as possible. 

"We're always learning from other people and there's a great camaraderie at the club. 

"We hope that a lot of people will come along and support us over the weekend."

The show will be open from 10am-5pm on the Saturday, and from noon-5pm on the Sunday. 

To find out more visit www.greenockmrc.co.uk