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Hurstbridge Model Train Exhibition

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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
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An exhibition to bring back child-hood memory's
Just about every boy and girl can't resist a model train set. As a matter of fact, I would have to say that just about everyone would marvel at the sweat and tears, thought, workmanship that has gone into building a model train set, especially one that is a replicate of an original setting.

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As a child I was given a Hornsby model train set for one of my birthdays. It was a fairly simple set that consisted of a steam engine, coal truck and two passenger carriages. The single lane track was around of an oval shape and it was about 5 metres long and 4 metres wide. The was also a tunnel for the train to go through and a bridge for it to go under. From memory, there were about 4 people, a dog, cat and a couple of cows.

I use to invite friends over to help me set it up and play with for hours on end. To make things easy, my Dad set up the track on a sheet of plywood so that it could be put away each night.

My mum use to work for a company making blinds over at Arncliffe. The owner, Johnny Gandy was an avid model train enthusiast who had this massive model train set that he had taken years to build over the top of his double garage. Now to a boy of around ten this was out of this world, as everyday after school I was allowed to go upstairs and marvel at this creation. Sometimes I was allowed to control the trains and sound the horn on the locomotive.

Image courtesy of the Yarra Valley Model Railway Club.


Coming across the exhibition hosted by the [Yarra Valley Model Railway Club over the Easter long weekend, took me back to my childhood when I use to set up my own model train set.

This will be their second exhibition and the will be lots of models trains to look at in many different sizes. You will also be able to marvel as craftsman use their well-honed skills to
re-build model trains, build new buildings and create new displays.

Image courtesy of the Yarra Valley Model Railway Club.


While there, you will be able enjoy some refreshments, a sausage sizzle and there will be traders at the exhibition, so don't forget to bring your money along as you may get the bug and want to start up your own model railway set like I did.

The Bacchus Marsh Layout. Image courtesy of the Yarra Valley Model Railway Club.


The Yarra Valley Model Railway Club holds a meeting on Friday nights from 8pm at the Railway Goods Shed, rear of Lilydale Railway Station Car park, Lilydale in Victoria.

Image courtesy of the Yarra Valley Model Railway Club.


If you think about it, maybe you would like to get into the theme of things. How good would it be to catch a train to Hurstbridge, check out all the magnificent trains and set-ups, watch how it's done and then catch a train home. It would be a great day out for the family and there is plenty of parking available.
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Phone: 0413315976
Where: Hurstbridge Hall
Cost: Adults $8, Kids $5, Family $20
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