World of Model Railways Exhibition
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
What to See
Over 30 trains run through exceptionally detailed landscape settings that including numerous moving parts such as fairground rides, cable cars, and even a chimney sweep! One nice touch is that there are several train layouts at floor level so that younger visitors can see better.
Scenes include a Cornish tin mine, engineering works, a harbour, townscape, even an Alpine skiing scene. Interactive buttons let visitors add sound. lights, and action to the scenes.
A special exhibit is the Garden Railway setting. Despite the name, it is not outdoors, but a scale model of a back garden train layout meant to inspire visitors by showing how they can create a large scale railroad in their own gardens. Younger visitors can take part by pressing 'Thomas's Very Useful Button' to make Thomas the Tank Engine appear.
One exhibit showcases the story of Mevagissey own locomotive, built by Hornby, which gained recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest continuous run. Model locomotives on show are both modern and historic. See an Oriental Express, London Transport, military trains, narrow gauge, and more. If it's anything to do with model railroading, you stand a good chance of finding it here.
Along with the train displays is a very comprehensive shop selling model stock in N, OO, 009, HO, HOe, and O-16.5 scales, along with specialist narrow gauge modelling equipment and a wealth of railroad publications.
Trains run daily from spring through autumn, then on weekends and school holidays in winter. The museum has been featured on both ITV and BBC television.
About World of Model Railways Exhibition
Address: Meadow Street, Mevagissey, Cornwall, England, PL26 6UL
Attraction Type: Family Attraction
Location: A few blocks inland from the harbour at the south edge of Mevagissey
Website: World of Model Railways Exhibition
OS: SX014 448
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Mevagissey Museum - 0.1 miles (Museum)
Mevagissey Sealife Aquarium - 0.2 miles (Museum)
Lost Gardens of Heligan - 1.4 miles (Garden)
Caerhays Castle and Garden - 3.7 miles (Garden)
Pine Lodge Gardens - 5.3 miles (Garden)
Tregrehan Garden - 5.9 miles (Garden)
Par, St Mary's Church - 6.1 miles (Historic Church)
Trewithen - 6.4 miles (Historic House)
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