One of the most popular attractions at the New York World Fair in 1964 was the World’s Greatest Model Railway, created by Bertram Otto. Lord Montagu was so impressed by the model railway during his visit to New York that he immediately arranged for it to be exhibited at the Montagu Motor Museum at Beaulieu, where it became an instant success.

The World’s Greatest Model Railway covered over 1,000 sq ft and had scores of 00 gauge trains and other working scenes depicting locations in the US and Europe, including the English Channel and the Alps. In 1996 the railway moved to a new home in Ireland.