Making Tracks 3

Making Tracks 3

Get Ready for Making Tracks 3 at Chester Cathedral!

Making Tracks 3 Logo, at Chester Cathedral, Summer 2023, Sponsored by Chester Model Centre

This summer, the highly anticipated interactive model railway exhibition Making Tracks 3 returns to Chester Cathedral. This year’s layout is a 154-foot long and more complex than ever before. Sponsored by Chester Model Centre amongst others* and supported by Pete Waterman OBE, Mike Wild of Key Publishing and The Railnuts modelling group.

Pete Waterman OBE supporting Making Tracks Model Rail Exhibition - Chester Model Centre

With interactive elements sure to keep kids and adults alike entertained, the exhibition promises to be an unforgettable experience running from 26th July to 2nd September (Mondays-Saturdays). Let's take a look at what this unique event has in store for visitors.

What Can Visitors Expect?

Making Tracks 3 will feature a brand-new layout that builds on the successes of the 2021 and 2022 events – modelling Milton Keynes Central station. The layout will be built around the same storage yard as the first two but will feature an entirely new scenic section to capture the West Coast Main Line station in modern-day times. It’ll include detailed replicas of real-world buildings and locations like churches, schools and business parks as well as working signals and level crossings. Plus, it’ll come complete with lights and sound to bring the scene to life!

Making Tracks 2 aerial shot - Chester Model Centre

Interactive Elements

The exhibition will also feature some interactive elements sure to keep everyone entertained including the chance to operate the trains using digital controls. There may even be some surprise additions! The goal is for visitors - both experienced modellers or not - to leave with a greater appreciation for how complex model railways are designed and constructed and perhaps to pick up the hobby themselves.

Interactive elements of Making Tracks model rail exhibition - Chester Model Centre

Educational Value

It’s not just about fun though; Making Tracks 3 has educational value too! It can teach children about engineering principles such as electricity and magnetism through play while allowing parents and grandparents to learn more about this classic hobby and gain tips from modellers who share their passion for oo gauge building.

Save the Dates! 

This summer's Making Tracks 3 at Chester Cathedral offers something unique that you won't want to miss! This event is perfect for families looking for something special to do during school holidays and weekend getaways. With its detailed replication of Milton Keynes Central Station to explore, there's no better way to experience the amazing world of model railways. So make sure you don't miss out on all the fun at Making Tracks 3 this summer - open Mondays to Saturdays from 26th July to 2nd September.

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NOTE: there is no charge to attend Making Tracks 3, however there may be a summer entry fee for Chester Cathedral (TBC). 


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