By Ann Evans

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Photos by Rob Tysall, Tysall’s Photography.

As the Burton Railway Society prepare to hold their 2nd annual Toy and Train Collector’s Fair this Sunday, Ann Evans tells us what other delights await visitors.



If trains, diecasts and collectables are your passion, you won’t want to miss the Burton Railway Society’s second Toy and Train Collector’s Fair organised on behalf of the National Brewery Centre in Burton-upon-Trent.


It takes place this Sunday, 6th August, and promises to be a great event for collectors and railway enthusiasts. There’s more tables than ever – around 80, meaning that the toy fair will be held in the marquee and will also be taking over the Worthington Suite in the old museum buildings at the National Brewery Centre.


Chris Eaton, from the Burton Railway Society said, “We have had great interest from traders, and we’ve got an excellent range of collectables including post war Trix, diecasts, action figures, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Lego, books, toys and crafts, railway art, railwayana, old railway photos and slides, model kits, and even garden railways. Something for everybody!”


He added that the Burton Railway Society will also be manning their own stall, and members will be on hand to help with parking and refreshments.


The all inclusive admission price of £4 includes access to the National Brewery Museum, which is a fascinating visitor attraction, showing the life and times of the old brewing industry and incorporating large elements of the original Bass collection.

Life in the brewing industry

You’ll be able to learn about the role of steam in the brewing industry, and experience what life was like for the people who helped to build Burton’s world-renowned brewing reputation.


Not to be missed is a look at the recreated station platform from the days when the Bass Brewery had its own railway network. And standing at the station will be the No.9 steam train and Directors’ coach lovingly restored by volunteers of the Burton Railway Society.

Old brewery machinery

There’s also a fine collection of transport connected to the brewing industry to be enjoyed: horse-drawn drays, fire trucks, delivery wagons, a double-decker bus and special promotional vehicles such as a 1920s Daimler bottle car.

Old traditional pub

Also stabled at the Centre are two magnificent dray horses. They are on site most days during the summer months and you may even be able to book a ride on a horse-drawn dray.



Visitors won’t go hungry or thirsty, as there will be café refreshments plus the Brewery Tap Bar and Restaurant (prior booking for the restaurant is advisable).



The Burton Railway Society’s Toy and Train Collector’s Fair is Sunday 6th August 2017, from 10.30am-3pm. Admission £4 which includes admission to the National Brewery centre.


To discover more about the Burton Railway Society, go to:


The National Brewery Centre has a host of events going on throughout the year. Visit their website to discover more.

Visitors at the National Brewery Centre