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RAIL enthusiasts came together to promote their hobby at an annual exhibition.

Around 1,300 visitors poured through the doors of 1000 Lakeside, in Portsmouth, for the occasion.

It was held by Fareham & District Model Railway Club, which was founded 48 years ago.

Huge model railway displays were laid on for adults and children, as were demonstrations of rail kits being put together.

And traders sold model accessories and tools.

Club member Ian McGuire said: ‘It has been good – there’s been a real mix of people.

‘There was a nice mix of rail enthusiasts and families.’

Co-organiser Lyndon Ford said: ‘It’s a big show and the visitor numbers were up from last year.

‘It’s been a very friendly and pleasant atmosphere.

‘Everyone seems to have enjoyed themselves.’

Mr Ford said crowds are drawn in by the quality of rail kits and range of trade stands.

Money raised from ticket sales will go back into funding next year’s event, which will happen at Lakeside again on October 3 and 4.

The event has been held at 1000 Lakeside for the last two years after outgrowing its former venue, Wickham Community Centre, in Mill Lane, Wickham.