TRAIN fanatics let off some steam in Corsham at the weekend as the annual Trainwest model railway show came to town.

Thousands of visitors flocked to the Springfield Community Campus for the weekend to experience 20 different models from around the world and dozens of trade stands.

"We were a bit down on numbers this year as we had no trains from Chippenham railway station and no overflow car park this year due to the rain but despite that we had just shy of 2,000 visitors," exhibition manager Geoff Endacott said.

"Trainwest has made its mark on the map. It went very well and people were very complimentary. We must be doing something right if the same old faces are coming back every year!"

The show, which featured 20 working models, also played host to a model from the Netherlands, which proved to be very popular with the thousands of visitors.

"There was a few highlights this year including a group from the Netherlands who drove over on Friday morning to show one of their models which was very popular with the kids," Mr Endacott said.

"They had this model with four of the same train where it disappeared and got smaller as it moved through the mountains and the kids were fascinated with it.

"We actually had one group of children who didn't want to leave because they were so taken with it!

"We also had a to-scale model of the Forth Bridge and to get a model with the full bridge in was very impressive."

The organisers are delighted with how this year's show has gone and will be bringing it back next year.

"We don't make a lot of money from this venture but we do it because we enjoy building these models and enjoy showing them off to others, " Mr Endacott added.

"Of course we will be bringing it back to Corsham next year."