Model club aims to build up steam

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA LIN­TON­BON

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.

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