Eddie Izzard opens museum exhibit of childhood model railway

media captionEddie Izzard opens model railway exhibit

Eddie Izzard has opened an exhibit of his family's old model railway in his home town in East Sussex.

The comedian began working on the layout with his brother Mark and father John in the early 1960s.

The project grew as a way to occupy the young boys' time during the illness of their mother Dorothy, who died when Izzard was six.

He recently discovered old engines and carriages in an attic and donated the set to Bexhill Museum.

The Tri-ang OO layout has gone on show after being restored by members of Bexhill Model Railway Club.

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image captionBexhill Model Railway Club members Ken Bywater, Colin Feise and Mike Canning spent six months rebuilding and restoring the Izzard family's trainset.

The rebuilt scene features the Izzard family home at Laburnham Cottages, the old Bexhill West station and an interpretation of the town of Sidley.

Eddie tweeted a video of trains on the layout on the opening afternoon.

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image captionEddie Izzard filmed the layout on its opening afternoon
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image captionBexhill Museum visitors will be able to send two trains around a digitalised double track with press-buttons
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image captionAll the buildings including the model “Sidley” station built by Eddie and Mark’s father, John, are lit by modern LED bulbs

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