'Largest' model railway with miniature worlds opens in Wroxham

Railway over a river The layouts at Wroxham Miniature Worlds include rivers, mountains and valleys

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An exhibition of model railways covering the area of a football pitch and believed to be one of the largest in the UK is due to open in Norfolk.

Created by model train enthusiast Sean Green, 45, the attraction features fully landscaped miniature worlds.

The attraction had been due to open in September 2013 but a fire in an adjacent building caused smoke damage to some of the layouts.

Wroxham Miniature Worlds is open to the public on Wednesday.

Model town scene After a fire halted the project, Mr Green now includes a miniature fire station and firefighters in the miniature worlds

Model facts

  • More than 2,500 individual pieces of model railway track has been used
  • About 300 locomotives, wagons and coaches wind their way through the worlds
  • There are 300 model cars...
  • ...And 5,000 miniature people
  • Five miles (8 km)of plaster bandage was used for scenery
  • About 10,000 screws were used to put the attraction together

"When we started building the layouts in February 2012, we didn't realise how big the project would become," said Mr Green, who is from Norwich.

"We quickly found that we were clearing out UK stocks of many items, then the European stocks and eventually we had to have many items manufactured especially for us."

But Mr Green said the fire had set them back.

"We were literally just a few months from opening when the fire broke out," said Mr Green, who admitted the project had "consumed him" and that he had had a passion for model railways stemming from childhood.

Model scene The project needed tremendous attention to detail, as this Japanese section shows

"The damage meant that we had to reschedule everything," Mr Green added.

"Now we have a tiny fire station and firefighters on every layout just in case."

Country scene More than 4,000 trees have been used across the layouts

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