Model club aims to build up steam
Once upon a time boys use to play with their model trains for hours and hours.
Nowadays they are more interested in computers, television and Playstation games.
For two Matamata residents, going into their sheds and playing with their most prized possessions keeps their spirits young and makes them feel alive.
Matamata Railway Modellers president Don Maskell and secretary John Tarry love playing with their model trains and they want others to get enthusiastic about it too.
Mr Tarry and Mr Maskell have had an association with trains and the railways that goes back a few decades.
Mr Tarry worked in the freight department of a railways company in Britain for many years before coming to New Zealand. ‘‘It’s good fun,’’ Mr Tarry said. Matamata Railway Modellers group was re-established in the mid 1980s and at present has about 10 members.
‘‘We have members that come from all over the place but not many locals,’’ Mr Tarry said.
It is getting harder and harder for the current members to lift and transport their layouts to and from exhibitions. ‘‘ We would love to see a few new faces at our meetings,’’ Mr Maskell said.
On Saturday March 24 and Sunday March 25 next year Matamata Railway Modellers – in conjunction with Tauranga’s equivalent group – will host a Grand Hobby Show at the Matamata Memorial Centre.
Both Mr Maskell and Mr Tarry hope to see as many members of the Matamata community there as possible.
The next Matamata Railway Modellers meeting will take place at 63 Smith St on Sunday February 13 at 2pm.
For more information about becoming a member of Matamata Railway Modellers please call Mr Maskell on 888 1444 or Mr Tarry on 888 8799.