The Crich Tramway Museum welcomes the return of the model exhibition this weekend

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A total of ten streetcar, trolleybus and train schematics will be on display on Saturday and Sunday August 20 and 21, with incredible miniature detail depicting key moments in 20th century engineering and social history.

Museum spokeswoman Amanda Blair said: “The scale model exhibit is a fantastic addition to our full-size trams, which will also be running.

“There is no additional cost for the exhibit, it is included in normal admission prices.”

The exhibition layouts show complex skills and model a development history of civic transportation.

One of the event’s star attractions will be the Whiteleaf Tramway, built from scratch by the Buckinghamshire Garden Railway Society and modeling parts of the extensive meter-gauge tram system that was once an integral part of Belgium.

It is the largest G-scale Belgian Vicinal rolling stock assembly to be seen in the UK, and depicts an electric tram that crosses the streets and then heads off through the countryside to serve the surrounding villages.

As not all sections of a tram would be fitted with overhead wires, steam and diesel traction would be used to serve outlying areas, a type of operation that was very common on trams across Europe for the passenger and freight traffic.

For something closer to home, Camwell’s View layout shows a section of public road somewhere on Bristol Road in Birmingham in 1952, with various types of Corporation trams running along the road.

The Whiteleaf Tramway is perhaps the cheapest way to see Belgium this summer.

The diorama pays homage to famed photographer WA Camwell, one of the most active members of the railroad enthusiast community in the 1950s and 1960s, seen working in his day job at the Municipal Bank in the right end of the layout, and to the famous streetcar photographer WS Eades, who lends his name to a shop on the scene.

Event organizer John Huddlestone said: “We are delighted to once again present this exhibition, which is popular with exhibitors and visitors.

Normal museum entrance fees apply, open both days from 10am-5.30pm, with last admissions at 4pm.

For more information on the show and the rest of the museum’s summer activities programme, go to tramway.co.uk or call 01773 854321.

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