‘User-friendly’ fo­cus for rail­way display

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Or­gan­is­ers of an an­nual model rail­way ex­hi­bi­tion will con­tinue a ‘user-friendly’ fo­cus fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful 21st in­stal­ment.

About 1500 peo­ple walked through Stawell’s SES Hall dur­ing the week­end to ex­plore more than 20 dis­plays at the Grampians Model Rail­roader’s event.

Club trea­surer Clyde Humphries said the club would re­think lay­out ar­range­ments for next year’s event to in­crease vis­i­tor ap­peal and better show­case pro­fes­sional ex­hibitors en­tered in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We are be­com­ing a lot more user-friendly and aim­ing for the ex­hibit to be ap­peal­ing to ev­ery­one, from the peo­ple who need to go be­cause they’re tak­ing their chil­dren or grand­chil­dren, as well as the ones who want to go,” he said.

“We had the ar­ti­san mod- ellers in a sep­a­rate room this year and look­ing for­ward, we will reshuf­fle things so we are not hiding them away, be­cause they are the real artists, and the stan­dard is very high.”

Mr Humphries said de­spite an over­all de­crease in num­bers there was grow­ing interest from fam­i­lies and chil­dren, with three new mem­bers join­ing the club.

“We had a good re­sponse, peo­ple were there for two or three hours, and the SES Hall is not overly large,” he said. “A lot of younger peo­ple came through, which we were quite sur­prised about.

“I think the Youtube side of it helps in get­ting the hobby out a bit more, and we have a good Face­book pres­ence.

“Over­all, the ex­hi­bi­tion from the pub­lic’s per­spec­tive was a suc­cess, the ex­hibitors loved it and ticked it off as one of the best they’ve been to, and for the club it was prob­a­bly the smoothest run­ning we’ve had.”

Mr Humphries said mem­bers would like to con­tinue to ex­pand their reach by host­ing ex­hibits in other re­gional towns.

“We would re­ally like to be able to go to Hor­sham, and other re­gional towns,” he said.

“Be­tween mem­bers we can present half a dozen lay­outs, which for a town that’s not had a model rail­way ex­hibit be­fore, is quite good.”

Tas­ma­nian lay­out ‘Black River’ won best lay­out at the event.

The club will host its next model train show at Ararat in Fe­bru­ary next year.

IM­MERSED: Ted Al­lan trav­elled from Sunshine to at­tend the 21st an­nual Grampians Model Rail­roader’s ex­hi­bi­tion at Stawell. Pic­ture: PAUL CAR­RACHER

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