Otago Daily Times

South­ern model en­thu­si­asts all aboard

- Invercargill · South Island

Model train en­thu­si­ast Rob Read al­ways wanted his own [train] dis­play when he was a child.

How­ever it took him 20 years to be able to pur­chase his first model train — a sec­ond­hand one.

Now the fire­fighter has a col­lec­tion with more than 30 mod­els in his house.

Mr Read was among the 19 en­thu­si­asts who showed their mod­els at the In­ver­cargill Model Train Show over the week­end.

‘‘It is an en­joy­able hobby to fill the time.’’

Event or­gan­iser Ge­of­frey Check­etts said the event was a great day out for the fam­ily, and part of the pro­ceeds of the show would be do­nated to the South­land Char­ity Hos­pi­tal.

He was happy with the turnout. ‘‘About six train shows have been can­celled in the South Is­land this year due to the Covid­19.

‘‘We had peo­ple com­ing from all over the re­gion for the event. I think peo­ple were starved for a model train show.’’


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