More than 400 people rolled through the Carlton School Hall over the weekend to check out 13 model railway sets.
The Wanganui Model Railway and Engineering Society held their first event in a number of months over the weekend, with President Paul Mallett impressed and surprised by the number of people who attended.
"With Covid-19 and everything we weren't sure if we would be run it. Once it became clear that we could have something, we started planning.
"It seemed to be quite popular. But we were utterly surprised, it was brilliant."
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Mallet said it was nice to have an event together after not being able to meet up because of Covid-19.
"Our main club headquarters in Alma Rd has been quite neglected this year. It was quite good just to be able to run an event and good to get something done."
Mallet said it has been a hobby of his on and off over since he was about 12 years old.
"It's a multi faceted hobby. You've got to be builder, an artist, an electrician and a mechanic. It's a busy hobby.
"I just want to thank everyone for coming through. Really appreciate the public support, it was surprising and much appreciated."