Powys-based model car museum set to reopen in new home

Wales’ largest public model car museum has completed its move, taking more than 5,000 exhibits with it.

The Cloverlands Model Car Museum is set to reopen on June 11 after moving to Llanfair Caereinion Light Railway station.

The collection was once based in Montgomery, but after moving its 10 collections assembled from more than 5,000 pieces, the museum moved to its new home in Llanfair.

Museum administrator Bruce Lawson said: ‘The Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway Museum of Railway Memorabilia, Connections, suits us perfectly.

“We are delighted to have been asked to work with them.

“Train travelers and visitors to the coast or Snowdonia will find a coffee break and plenty to see in Connections and the station, whether they are a railway or motor enthusiast.

“Entry is free for children aged 15 and under and a modest donation of £3 per person is good value in these difficult times.

“We believe we are creating something unique to Wales at Llanfair Caereinion.”

Founded in 2015, the museum has grown from its original collection of photos and memorabilia collected by co-founder Max Tomlinson over fifty years.

Some of the highlights of his collection are replica models of Bugatti, Bentley and Rolls Royce.

Other models include those of Grand Prix winners, land speed record holders, as well as buses, trams and vans of all kinds.

The museum will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, to coincide with special trains running alongside the Welshpool to Llanfair Light Railway, opening on the same days as the narrow gauge railway.

The museum held a successful preview weekend on May 21-22, ahead of its reopening, allowing visitors free admission.

Mr. Lawson added: “We were very pleased with the response.

“We had over 100 visitors, including our first wheelchair user who was thrilled with the ease of access and visibility of the thousands of exhibits.”

The museum is a registered charity and once it officially reopens it will be accepting admission by donation.

The recommended donation is £3 for adults, £5 for couples and free for children under 16.

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