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CHUFFED that the Launceston Model Railway Show is back again, Hobart train enthusiast Steve Williams is packing up his boxcars and engines for the trip up north.
Mr Williams’ passion for trains developed in his school years when he would watch the trains roll into Hobart from the window of his English class at Rose Bay High School.
“That’s probably why I didn’t do too well at English,” Mr Williams said.
“We used to go for Sunday drives as a family and we’d always stop to look at something interesting and that was often trains.”
He soon started collecting commercially made trains from toy stores but, in the early 1980s, started building Tasmanian-themed trains by hand.
Mr Williams and his train building partner Michael Dix will load their 12m by 3m travelling railway layout into a truck to take to the Launceston’s second Model Railway Show at Albert Hall.
Steve Williams first took an interest in trains as a child, watching them roll into Hobart from the window of Rose Bay High School.The pair’s exhibition layout consists of 18 separate modules that bolt together.
The fully operational model railway will showcase their handmade models, all of which are prototypes of trains that have been or are still operational on Tasmania’s railways.
The exhibition on October 14 and 15 will display the best model railways from all over Australia and follows the success of last year’s inaugural event.
Event organiser Simon Handby said the show intended to inspire those who attended.
“We want people to come along and either make a start in the hobby for the first time or look how they can improve what they are currently doing,” he said.
Mr Williams said model railways attracted and intrigued young and old alike.
“It’s very satisfying to display something you’ve hand built and for people to see it running efficiently, Mr Williams said.
“It’s nice to see people appreciate what you do, and the look on young people’s faces when they recognise a train they have seen on the tracks or that might run past their house.”
This article first appeared on www.themercury.com.au
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