Model trains are not just for kids
A love of miniature locomotives draws enthusiasts together once a week to their two-storey clubrooms.
They come from as far as Whangaparaoa and Bucklands Beach to the Auckland Central Model Railway Club premises in Mt Wellington.
Club secretary Allan Walters says the 21 members range from young to old and employ skills from wood, metal and electrical work to microchip programming and kitset assembly.
‘‘As far as a hobby goes, it’s got something for everybody,’’ he says.
Thomas Hurst, 12, of Bucklands Beach is a new member and his favourite part of the club’s layout is the shunting yard, even though it is not yet finished.
‘‘All the people here are just friendly and I just love the way that people work so hard to make it so detailed,’’ he says.
Mr Walters says the hobby is great for fathers and sons and new members are always welcome.
People interested are invited to just turn up on a club night.
Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Auckland Central Model Railway Club meets at Vic Cowen Park, 174 Penrose Rd, Mt Wellington, on Thursdays at 7pm.
Construction work: Jim Smith and Keith Butler level tables as they reassemble an English OO gauge track in the basement.
Boys’ toys: Twelve-year-old Simon Roberts of Greenlane watches a Tranz Scenic passenger train.
Giant hand? A train is placed back on its tracks.