At­ten­tion to de­tail

MODEL TRAIN EN­THU­SI­ASTS GATHER

Shepparton News - - NEWS - By De­clan Martin

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.

Pic­tures: Ray Sizer

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.

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