Model day out for the fam­ily

Wexford People - - NEWS -

THERE WAS de­light for kids and adults alike when they at­tended the Model Rail­way club open day in St Joseph’s Cen­tre dur­ing Wex­ford Fes­ti­val Opera.

With a se­lec­tion of work­ing trains and lay­outs, and ex­quis­ite craft­work by the lo­cal mem­bers, there was plenty to ad­mire in the hall. The club mem­bers were de­lighted with the turnout and re­sponse they re­ceived.

Gerry Byrne, ex­hi­bi­tion man­ager, ex­plained that they had a good at­ten­dance and it was an in­ter­gen­er­a­tional thing.

‘We had peo­ple bring­ing their kids along but they them­selves had been brought along as kids many years ago. The club turns 40 this year so we are on the road for a while!’

The club oper­ates in a pur­pose-built hall at St Joseph’s Com­mu­nity Cen­ter in Bish­op­swa­ter and has 42 mem­bers, some of whom are from as far away as Water­ford and Ark­low.

One of the new fea­tures of this year’s show was the in­clu­sion of some test tracks which had var­i­ous trains trav­el­ling around the en­tire room, in­clud­ing a Ja­pa­nese bul­let train. The East Lon­don Model Rail­way group was also in at­ten­dance with some of their de­signs.

Closer to home, John Walker pre­sented a new lay­out ‘Scully’s Dock’ and Gerry Byrne’s Welsh N-Gauge Cyn­wyd was also on dis­play. The kids were kept en­ter­tained by some Thomas the Tank Engine lay­outs.

Mr Byrne said: ‘It was an oc­ca­sion for mem­bers to min­gle and chat with the pub­lic, and for in­ter­ested peo­ple to find out more about the club and get­ting in­volved.’

The club’s big ex­hi­bi­tion takes place at Easter time and will run, next year, on April 21 and 22 in the main hall of St Joseph’s Cen­tre.

The club will ex­hibit their work in progress, large scale O-Gauge lay­out ‘Lit­tle Sid­ding­ton’ as part of that show.

Ex­hibitor Peter Sher­mer show­ing Tom Hub­bart his train dis­play.

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