Model railway draws a crowd
TINY trains took over Coffs Harbour Exhibition Hall on the weekend, much to the delight of local and visiting families.
Coffs Harbour Railway Modellers took their prize-winning model railway display to the Coffs Harbour Showground for two days of scaled-down action which drew hundreds of visitors.
Locomotives and carriages modelled on Australian, American and English railway classics whistled, tooted and clickety-clacked around the tracks, passing through a scenic panorama of everything from forest and farmland to timber mills and docks.
Railway Modellers club member Charles Reid said the display – 12 metres long and seven metres wide – was one of the largest model railway displays in Australia, and would travel to the Brisbane Model Railway Show for its next outing.
While building models is a traditional hobby, Coffs Harbour’s modellers have embraced the electronic age. Each of their $2000 trains is computer controlled, which allows for all the bells and whistles – even for the ‘conductor’ to say ‘all aboard’ as the train leaves the station.