Model railways and wrestling at the Alban Arena

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THE annual Chiltern Model Railway Association (CMRA) exhibition steams its way back to the Alban Arena this weekend.

From 10am to 6pm on Saturday and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday, the exhibition will feature more than 20 working layouts not seen at the Arena before and in many scales and gauges.

It is not just the railways that are eye-catching but also the settings in which they run. Each layout captures a location at a moment in time and each presents a different three dimensional photograph.

The CMRA exhibition includes demonstration and trade stands with many experts on hand and as usual, a free vintage bus service will operate between St Albans City and Abbey Stations and the Arena.

Admission is £7 for adults which includes a colour programme. Two children from five to 16 are free with each adult and admission for additional or unaccompanied children is £3. Admission is free for people with critically impaired mobility.

Further details can be obtained by calling the Arena box office on 01727 844488 or online at

After the success of their critically acclaimed 2012 UK tour, The Classic Rock Show comes to the Arena next Friday, January 18.

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The show features the music of The Eagles Greatest Hits, Led Zeppelin’s IV, Dire Straits’ Brothers In Arms, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall, Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run, Meat Loaf’s Bat out of Hell and many more.

The band mixes selected tracks from the 10 best-selling rock albums of all time with extra songs added for 2013.

Tickets for the show, which starts at 7.30pm, are £29.50 and £20.

A star-studded evening of wrestling action can be seen at the Arena next Saturday, January 19.

All Star Superslam Wrestling gets underway at 7.30pm with a line-up of top talent from around the world taking on the best of British.

Tickets are £15 for adults, £10 for under 16s and £45 for a family ticket.

n Comedy and drama dominate the film programme at the Arena next week.

Gambit can be seen at 7.30pm next Tuesday, January 15, and Thursday, January 17, starring Colin Firth as an art curator who decides to seek revenge on his abusive boss (Alan Rickman) by conning him into buying a fake Monet.

But his plan requires the help of an eccentric and unpredictable Texas rodeo queen (Cameron Diaz). As the plan begins to unravel Firth’s character finds he is falling in love with her.

The 2012 British film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations (12A) comes to The Alban Arena at 1.30pm and 7.30pm next Wednesday, January 16.

Starring Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, and Robbie Coltrane, a humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Tickets for film matinees are £5 and for evenings are £7 or £5 concessions.