In news that will surprise no one, the London Festival of Railway Modelling due to take place at Ally Pally this weekend has been cancelled. But model railway enthusiasts have come together to create an online alternative.
Warners Shows, the organiser of London Festival of Railway Modelling, made the following announcement regarding the cancellation.
“We pride ourselves on delivering outstanding events to the hobby and this decision was not reached lightly, but the right one for the health and safety of all involved. Naturally, we are all very disappointed. We have secured a new date (22/23 August 2020) – more details will follow in May.
Thank you to all the sponsors, exhibitors, layouts, societies and visitors for their continued support for the show during these exceptional circumstances.
We will shortly be making contact with everyone who is involved in the show to organise transfers / refunds.”
In response,@CottonTreeRail has suggested that modellers put on a virtual show instead.
Railway modellers are invited to share video and pictures of their layouts on Twitter tomorrow for other enthusiast to watch, enjoy and ask questions about from the comfort of their homes.
Everyone is invited, just share your photos and video on Twitter with the hashtag #TwitterModelTrainShow.
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
It promises to be a fun and interesting online day and I’ll be there so come along and join me, Tim Dunn and many others showing their trains and layouts on Twitter. (For those not on Twitter, I’ll be collating the best and covering them here early next week).