Model train hobby expo adds new features

The model railways are a miniature version of real-life stations.

The photos might look like they were taken at real railway stations but these images are anything but life-sized.

The miniature train railway models will be on display at the 2019 Bundaberg Model and Train Hobby Expo when it comes to the Bundaberg Multiplex next weekend.

The event, presented by the Wide Bay Burnett Model Railway Club, is now in its sixth year and promises to be a fun activity for all ages.

Expo coordinator Graham Nicholson said this year's expo would feature more than just train models for the first time.

“This event will showcase 16 model train layouts, eight model train retailers and for the very first time, lots of new new additions including model aeroplanes, radio control tanks, army vehicles, yachts and more,” he said.

A model of Queensland Rail. Photo: Bundaberg Model Train & Hobby Expo Facebook

“There will also be the opportunity to talk to various hobby groups and clubs from around the region.”

Mr Nicholson said he had been a model train hobbyist for many years and enjoyed the time and skill that went into the art of building model railways.

“Some people can take years to assemble their models,” he said.

“This type of hobby is definitely growing in popularity and people, from eight years old to 80 years old, get great enjoyment out of it.”

Council funding supports event

Mr Nicholson said the event was made possible through the help of a Bundaberg Regional Council micro grant.

Model trains hobby expo

The Micro Grants Program aims to provide financial assistance to community groups and associations that meet recognised community needs as identified in Council's Social Development Action Plan or the Bundaberg Regional Sport and Recreation Strategy.

The available financial assistance per micro grant application for eligible project/programs/events is up to $1000.

“This grant has been used for the promotion of the exhibition as well as the purchase of roadside signs,” he said.

“It has been a great help to us.”

Mr Nicholson said the expo would be held at the Bundaberg Multiplex on 23-24 March from 9am and he urged everyone to attend.

“This will be a much larger show than ever before,” he said.