A huge model railway festival due to take place at Ally Pally this weekend has predictably been cancelled. But one train fanatic has had an idea... an ONLINE model railway festival.
Twitter user and model train lover @CottonTreeRail has suggested that railway modellers share videos and images of their train sets from home instead. His idea is being spurred on by the wonderful Tim Dunn — who's written an amazing article on tube cutaways for Londonist.
Saturday’s London Festival of Railway Modelling is cancelled; plus many people are feeling isolated too. So @CottonTreeRail has suggested we railway modellers, (tbh, well-practised #SelfIsolation experts!) create #TwitterModelTrainShow. I’m in - see you & your trains there!🚂🚅🚃 pic.twitter.com/jpR5tVPg0G— Tim Dunn (@MrTimDunn) March 18, 2020
After all, joked Dunn, railway modellers tend to be well-practiced in self-isolation.
Railway modellers are already getting on board with the idea — one enthusiast unboxing a Hornby set they hadn't taken out of the attic for 30 years.
Here my contribution...— RC Lover san (@RCLoversan) March 18, 2020
Unboxing my Lima Trains... kept in the attic for more than 30 years! :-)https://t.co/4jKSWtBSGb
Anyone who wants to watch or take part in the Twitter Model Train Show can follow on Twitter this Saturday (21 March) using #TwitterModelTrainShow.