Attention to detail
MODEL TRAIN ENTHUSIASTS GATHER
Goulburn Valley Model Rail Club’s exhibition captured the imaginations of more than 800 people recently.
The popular hobby was showcased by exhibitors setting up 18 layouts at Shepparton Showgrounds’ McIntosh Centre, featuring all different sized train models and levels of detail.
‘‘Some of the detail, it is quite awesome . . . it almost seems photorealistic,’’ GV Rail Club’s Ross Musolino said.
‘‘But we also showcased layouts with less detail because the hobby is for anyone, you don’t have to be a professional model maker.
‘‘The exhibitors are made up of local members, but there are many who travel from all over such as Benalla, Wangaratta and Wodonga to exhibit their model trains.’’
The themes of the layouts varied from Australian-based landscape to more European settings, and one of the younger GV Rail Club members even created a Lego layout.
The sizes varied with the largest layout about 7 m long, with most about 2 m by 3 m.
Many scales of the train models were on display with 1:160, 1:87, 1:48 and 1:12 the most common.
Mr Musolino said the club was happy with the turnout and members of the public gave lots of good feedback about the exhibition.
‘‘The retailers at the event were happy and the exhibitors were also happy with the weekend,’’ he said.
‘‘It was a great weekend with a lot of great effort from the GV Rail Club getting it all up.’’
Major sponsors of the event were Greater Shepparton City Council, Plunkett’s Orchards and Tatura Dental Care.
GV Rail Club has 25 members and holds an exhibition every two years, with the 2019 event set to coincide with the club’s 30th anniversary.
All aboard: GV Rail Club’s Ross Musolino gets into character.
Green light: Paul Hartland goes in for a closer look.
Exciting: John Lorenz, 9, admires the attention to detail on a model train engine.
Miniature world: Arriving at the station.
Fun hobby: GV Rail Club’s Grace Raphael with her model train layout.