Model trains are not just for kids

Central Leader - - NEWS - By SI­MON SMITH

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.

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