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Now in its seventeenth year, the Festival of Model Tramways features the highest quality model tramway displays. With lay-outs from across the UK and as far afield as Germany and Belgium, this is a truly international show.

Fans of model tramways will gather at the Steam Museum over the weekend of Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July for this significant event in the modelling calendar.

This fascinating show features in excess of twenty
working models on display and this year ten of these are new to the festival. Immediately upon entering the museum visitors will have to cross over the tracks of the Wootton Tramway, a one fifth size tramway, offering rides to passengers in the museum grounds.

The trams on show range from a garden tramway
representing a town-to-village country line to a representation of a pier tramway. There are also three London layouts, based on the tracks of Ilford, Woolwich
Road and Kingsway subway.

Visitors, both new and experienced, can indulge their hobby or interest further, with a variety of stalls supplying the modeller with all the necessary materials, kits, drawings, photographs and books for model tram building.

In addition, as 2005 commemorates sixty years after the end of World War II, there will be a special "Trams at War" photo exhibition. This year there will also be a competition, with a trophy given for the best model tram of the show. There is no entry fee, just bring along the models.

How to find the steam museum:
In Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, Middlesex about 100 yards from the north side of Kew Bridge under the tall Victorian tower. Nearest motorway M4 (turn off at junction 2 signposted to Kew Gardens and north/south circular roads), down to Chiswick
roundabout, then pick up signs for Kew, Brentford and Hounslow. Turn right to Brentford
at traffic lights before Kew Bridge. Click here for a map.

Admission: Weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays (engines in steam).Adults.£6 Concessions:
£5 Children (5-15 years) Free
Children under the age of 13 years must be accompanied by an adult

How to reach the Museum by public transport: Buses: 65, 237, 267, 391. Main Line Trains: Kew
Bridge (South West Trains from Waterloo via Clapham Junction). Gunnersbury (North London
Line) then 237 or 267 bus. London Underground: Gunnersbury (District Line) then 237 or 267
bus). South Ealing (Piccadilly Line) the 65 bus.

Further Information: Telephone the museum: 020 8568 4757 Fax: 020 8569 9978 or visit

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