CHOO CHOO: Club stalwart Wally Palmer adjusting a train at the Coffs Harbour Railway Modellers’ Open Day exhibition at Coffs Harbour Showground’s Exhibition Hall. Bruce Thomas
CHOO CHOO: Club stalwart Wally Palmer adjusting a train at the Coffs Harbour Railway Modellers’ Open Day exhibition at Coffs Harbour Showground’s Exhibition Hall. Bruce Thomas

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.



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