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, which opened to the public in 1996.
The 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.
Winding through the Model Village is a 45mm ‘g’ gauge garden railway system, which is 500 meters long. It has been expertly incorporated into a tastefully designed soft miniature landscape, consisting of a country scene, village and town. When it opened to the public in 1996 it was the largest outdoor display of G gauge railway in the United Kingdom. Today it still remains as one of the largest displays 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 model village 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 and the Jones family are still running Southport Model Railway Village. We hope you enjoy your visit as much as we enjoy working in such a beautiful place.