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The Bachmann Collectors' Club part of Bachmann Europe Plc is to continue with its sponsorship of the Train Collectors Society Exhibition. Bachmann sponsored the 2007 event which was the largest single gathering of historical operating layouts under one roof in the UK. Prior to Bachmann's involvement, the exhibition had been under threat from rising costs. The 2008 event is to be held in Sandy, Bedfordshire on Saturday July 5th and Sunday July 6th 2008 and brings together train collectors of all marques. Since it was established in 1999 it has become the leading exhibition of its type in the UK.

Encompassing a wide range of models produced over the past 100 years or so, the exhibition features operating vintage layouts in all scales, specialist traders and is supported by leading collectors clubs including those devoted to Bassett - Lowke, Hornby, Kitmaster, Tri-ang, Trix Twin and Wrenn.

David Ramsay, Chairman of the Train Collectors Society (TCS) explained "collecting and operating vintage model railways is a very important part of TCS activities. We also research and record the history of this fascinating hobby. The support from Bachmann has again secured the 2008 event, which attracts train collectors from all across the world. Exhibitions like this are not just about collecting models but more importantly operating them, many of which have been lovingly restored. Some of these trains are 100 years old and still giving good service".

David continued "Bachmann, as the World's largest manufacturer of model trains by volume brought a new dimension to our exhibition, particularly as we in the Train Collectors Society have begun attracting collectors of current products which are now featured in our quarterly magazine. The support of Bachmann for 2008 reinforces the point that model and toy train collecting is not just about yesterday, but today and tomorrow".

Dennis Lovett, Public Relations Manager for Bachmann Europe Plc said "we were delighted to support the 2007 event and we had a fantastic response to our displays and products. The Bachmann Collectors' Club is growing at a rate of around 500 members a quarter and our profile has risen considerably since our involvement with the Train Collectors Society began last year".

Further details of the exhibition will be released in due course. Sandy station is served by First Capital Connect services from both London Kings Cross and Peterborough, which offers connecting services to many other parts of the country. The Train Collectors Society offer a free vintage bus link between the station and the venue. The venue, Sandy Upper School offers substantial free parking and Sandy is on the A1 trunk road.
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