There’s something about the magic of model railways and the sight of beautifully crafted replica railway stations that is quite irresistible.
The 2019 Bundaberg Model Train and Hobby Expo is a dream event for those who harbour such passion.
Working displays of trains, planes and automobiles packed every available corner of the Multiplex today at the start of the two-day event.
A crowd of more than 500 rolled through the doors in the first two hours in a steady stream which delighted Wide Bay Burnett Model Railway Club president Stephen Reeves who surveyed the display areas with obvious pride.
“People are commenting just how awesome these displays are. It’s quite incredible to see the time and effort people invest in their modelling hobbies,” he said.
“This is the sixth Expo we have held and the first that has featured the model planes, cars and tanks.
“We are the first club to participate in what is an annual circuit involving clubs from throughout the state. They bring working displays and. of course there is merchandise available for sale.”
Mayor Jack Dempsey was like a kid in a toyshop as he wandered among the many displays.
The scale of the model aircraft belonging to members of the Bundaberg Aero Sport Flyers was simply stunning.
Members Stuart Adcock and Mark Linwood said the club currently flew the models around the Childers area, however will be searching for a new home base in the future.
The display presented by the Model Engineers and Live Steamers Association of Maryborough surpassed the miniature model railways for size.
The engines are large enough to haul carriages with the club providing family rides on the last Sunday of each month in Queens Park, Maryborough.
Member Stuart Adcock said the opportunity to feature the various model engines club members was too good to miss.
“There’s a great crowd coming through and it’s really enjoyable to see the pleasure these displays bring to those attending the Expo,” he said.
- The expo continues on Sunday from 9am to 4pm.