Ex­hi­bi­tion for model train fans

Bay News - - FRONT PAGE - By Re­becca Mauger

Tau­ranga Model Rail­way Club has been work­ing hard for a year to bring new lay­outs to life at their up­com­ing model train ex­hi­bi­tion.

Tau­ranga Model Rail­way Club Train Ex­hi­bi­tion is in its 27th year.

This show has been a long time in the mak­ing— lay­outs can be very in­tri­cate and take months to build, says show or­gan­iser Rob Thom­son.

One of the lay out swill be a re­con­struc­tion of a South­ern Eng­land sea­side wharf. An­other is a coalmine com­plete with sur­face and min­ing layer, an English scenery lay­out and a

wild west theme. Therewill be 13 lay­outs in to­tal, some com­ing from out­side Tau­ranga.

One of the big­ger lay­outs is the Katikati Rail­way Station.

“I don’t think there’s any lay­out like this in New Zealand,” says mem­ber Andy Ralph. “It’s a com­bined lay­out with two dif­fer­ent kinds of rail­way scenes.”

The Katikati Rail­way Station opened in 1928 and closed in 1978. One scene is the train station car­ry­ing the Tanea­tua Ex­press which trav­els to an English scene. Much re­search goes into ev­ery replica, Andy says.

The in­tri­cate scene from the 1950-60s in­cludes the Ure­tara stream, the station, yard and good shed, state high­way two bridge and coun­try­side lead­ing to Katikati.

Acore group of seven have been work­ing on the lay­out (the English scene is un­fin­ished and will be worked on in 2019). The work in­cludes scenery, props, wood­work and electrics.

Therewill be a “drive a train” lay­out where chil­dren and adults can have a go driv­ing trains.

They are look­ing for new mem­bers to pass on their skills.

“We’re hop­ing to spend time with peo­ple who want to learn— we can teach peo­ple all this, weld­ing, lay­ing tracks, wood­work­ing.

“Model trains have taken a real step for­ward now, you can con­trol up to six lo­co­mo­tives from the one hand­piece.”

If you are in­ter­ested in join­ing the club, call Rob on 027 236 6570.

Andy Ralph checks out the coun­try­side of the Tanea­tua Ex­press.

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