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Transport fans show their passion.

PLANES, trains and even a few automobiles were on show on Teesside over the weekend.

Aviation enthusiasts winged their way to an annual model aircraft display, train buffs headed for Ormesby Hall for a model railway exhibition and classic commercial vehicle buffs kept on truckin' with a 50-mile run from Teesside to South Shields.

Impressive flying skills were on show at Teesside Model Flying Club's show at Redmarshall, near Stockton - although bad weather washed out the second day, yesterday.

Enthusiasts travelled from across the country to the club's own site, which was bought from a local farmer.

Among the model planes on show were BAE Hawks, better known as the Red Arrows, Spitfires and Hurricanes and a P45 Thunderbolt.

Keith Evans, chairman of Teesside Model Flying Club, said the club was founded in the 1960s and originally flew from Thornaby airfield.

He said enthusiasts had come from as far afield as Scotland and the South-east.

"We have a couple of ex-world champions flying here.

"You can't fly the real thing itself, so you are flying something exactly the same only smaller."

Meanwhile fans of a different form of transport were at the National Trust's Ormesby Hall in Middlesbrough. They enjoyed looking at beautifully detailed railway layouts with minute people, animals and cars.

Co-ordinator Paul Bolton said: "It is like any other creative hobby. You are creating a piece of history."

And yesterday, more than 200 historic trucks and vans set off from Teesside Leisure Park in the annual Teesside-South Shields rally, organised by the Historic Commercial Vehicle Society.

The oldest vehicle on show was a Morris bus, built in 1926, followed by a 1928 Morris Cowley van.

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FATHER AND SON: Steve, right, and Matthew Bishop, with their Red Arrows at Teesside Model Flying Club's annual show Pictures by ANDREW GRAY; ON TRACK: Mike Aslin of "Mike's mini railway" at the Annual Model Railway Weekend at Ormesby Hall
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jun 2, 2008
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