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EVER since she was four years old, Roslyn Reynolds has been fascinated by trains.
Growing up at St Marys, a young Roslyn lived next door to AE Goodwin, a local firm that manufactured locomotives and rolling stock.
“We would sit on the veranda and watch,” she recalled.
And that love of all things locomotive never left, with Mrs Reynolds going on to meet her late husband at a Blacktown railway club.
Today she is the proud owner of 5km of miniature train tracks that are housed in a special shed at her Valley Heights home.
The set-up features miniature trees, buildings and stations. Picture: Justin SansonThe amazing model railway display — which features tiny trees, shrubs, railway benches, bridges and individual station signs — will be opened up to the public next month to help raise money for hospital chaplaincy.
“All the stations are based on NSW ones,” said Mrs Reynolds, who confesses she doesn’t have a favourite station.
The amazing display replicates the NSW railway. Picture: Justin SansonMrs Reynolds said the huge set-up left television host Don Burke gobsmacked when he visited for his Burke’s Backyard program in 2004.
“He knew it was big from the photographs but he couldn’t believe it when he came up here,” she said.
“The photos did not do (the scale) justice.’’
The Blue Mountains station of Valley Heights. Picture: Justin SansonWhen she is not working on her own display, Mrs Reynolds is busy working with slightly bigger trains as a volunteer at the Valley Heights Railway Museum.
“I do five days a week voluntary,” she said.
At her last open day, held in March, she raised just under a thousand dollars for charity via gold-coin donations.
* The trains can be viewed at 39 Green Pde, Valley Heights on September 9. 1-4.30pm. Entry by gold coin donation.
A train pulls into a tiny Valley Heights station. Picture: Justin Sanson
An old fashioned rattler. Picture: Justin Sanson
This article first appeared on www.dailytelegraph.com.au
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