SOUTHPORT MODEL RAILWAY VILLAGE
OVER 26 YEARS OF MODEL RAILWAYS
In 1995, Ray and Jean Jones were granted permission by Sefton MBC to design and build a model village at Kings Gardens Southport. Together with their team of talented craftsmen they set about transforming a neglected area within the seafront into a beautiful picturesque miniature landscape, a landscape that turned into the very first Model Railway Village in the UK.
Opened to the public in May 1996, this 1:18 scale attraction features architectural styles from all over Merseyside and South West Lancashire. Each building was designed and constructed on site and supported by an in-house manufacturing base, which supplied miniature resin items such as doors, windows roofing sections and not forgetting miniature people.
A TRANQUIL SPOT FOR TRAINS AND NATURE
Winding through the Model Village is a 45mm ‘g’ gauge garden railway system, which is 500 meters in length. The system has been expertly incorporated into a tastefully designed soft miniature landscape, consisting of a country scene, village and town. When first opened to the public the layout was the largest display of 45mm G gauge in the UK.
Spanning the 1.5 acre site is a waterway which connects two natural ponds. For years these ponds have been home to many families of ducks and moorhens. During spring and early summer we gain new residents, as the site becomes home to numerous wild birds such as wrens, robins, finches, tits, doves and wood pigeons. It is a delight to sit, relax and just listen to the bird song whilst the trains come and go.
Many years on we are still running Southport Model Railway Village with the same enthusiasm as when we first started. We hope you enjoy your visit as much as we enjoy working in such a beautiful place. At the end of the day, we know that there is nothing more rewarding than seeing the happiness that Model Village brings to little people.
Take care and hope to see you soon!