THE 27-inch high £4,000 Meccano model of Warrington Transporter Bridge is set to wow crowds again next month.

Norman Williams' impressive construction, which is made up of around1,400 nuts and bolts, will feature at the annual Warrington Model Railway exhibition at Warrington Collegiate on October 17 and 18.

But 78-year-old Norman, from Woolston, has recently added railway lines to the work of art.

He admitted he was delighted to be invited to the exhibition and hopes residents turn up in their numbers to view the model.

"I am absolutely chuffed to have been asked to go along," he said.

"It has taken me around three weeks, of around three or four hours a day, to add the railway lines and now we will have to see how it is received.

"I really enjoy working on it as it is something that I enjoy doing."

Norman has also thanked those who have praised his efforts and devotion to build the bridge, which has been constructed of more than £4,000 worth of Meccano.

He added: "It is really nice of people to show their support and it does mean a lot to me."

The site, which is 74 inches in length and 18.5 inches wide, caused a frenzy at Lymm Historic Transport Day in June and is being tipped to experience a similar response next month.

"It will be great to get the chance to show off Norman's bridge," said exhibition manager Geoff Pennington.

"Hopefully it will attract more people to come along but there will be a lot going on so it should be a really interesting two days."

A van will transport the model from Norman's home to Warrington Collegiate and then back to Woolston.

Members of the Friends of Warrington Transporter Bridge campaign group bidding to save the town's landmark will also be present at the collegiate.

Tickets for the event cost £5 for adults and £1 for children aged five to 16, with those under five provided with free entry.

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