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Model Mania Open Day at the South West Rail and Heritage Centre

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Model Mania at the South West Rail and Heritage Centre model railway layout
The South West Rail and Heritage Centre model railway layout, showing some of the detail in the background and buildings (Photo by Lorelei Giorgo).

The South West Rail and Heritage Centre (SWRHC), situated in Turner Street in Boyanup is holding a 'Model Mania Open Day', with the focus on their impressive model railway, on Sunday, March 25 from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

The Open Day will feature the SWRHC model railway layout, with displays and information about the art of modelling, and an explanation of the different scales of modelling and different types of models. View some fine some examples of clockwork trains and rolling stock, that were much loved toys, by children in earlier days.

Model Mania at the South West Rail and Heritage Centre, model clockwork trains and rolling stock
An 'OO' scale model train in the foreground with an 'O' scale clockwork train at the rear.


Live the dream

Model Mania at the South West Rail and Heritage Centre, Norm Flynn Express model train for children
Children, here is your chance to be a train driver (Photo by Lorelei Giorgo).

'Norm Flynn Express', a sturdy model train, allows children (and some big kids) to play out their fantasies of being a train driver. Donated to the SWRHC by the Bunbury Musical Comedy Group Inc., after their performance of the play 'The Railway Children', is always a great attraction for the children.

A safe landing

Model Mania at the South West Rail and Heritage Centre, model planes from SWARMS
Two fine examples of the SWARMS, model aeroplanes.


The South West Associated Radio Modelers Society (SWARMS), has landed at SWRHC, with an exciting display of models of various aeroplanes.

Model mania

Model Mania at the South West Rail and Heritage Centre, a windmill built at SWRHC by Capel Men's Shed
A model windmill built at the SWRHC site by the Capel Men's Shed.

This is the perfect opportunity for 'model makers', to see how far the SWRHC resident groups, have taken the creative and practical art of modelling. The Boyanup Foundation Blacksmiths, and Capel Men's Shed will have their 'takes' on the art of modelling on display. Moreover, Preston River Old Machinery Group volunteer, Elwyn, is in the process of developing a model dairy, reflecting the old practices and equipment used in this industry. These groups, made up of volunteers, are passionate about their cause and love to share their knowledge, free of charge.

Model Mania at the South West Rail and Heritage Centre, Iron Eyes model dragon
Iron Eyes: A model dragon hand forged by the Boyanup Foundation Blacksmiths (Photo courtesy Donna Sims, Shire of Capel).

Food stop

Model Mania at the South West Rail and Heritage Centre, sign by Steven pointing to Picnic Van and Sausage Sizzle
Steven, one of the dedicated volunteers at SWRHC, has made sure you find your way, creating this versatile handcrafted sign.

Light refreshments will be available from the 'Picnic Van', a converted guard's van. Toasted sandwiches, cakes, ice creams, cold drinks, tea and coffee will be on show, plus the ever-popular sausages will be a-sizzling.

Children can create their own models

Children are well catered for, with be a range of modelling materials, such as play dough and bread dough, for them to explore and create their own models. For a bit of extra physical activity, the children usually love a ride on the 'parent powered' merry-go-round, made from recycled materials, and other activities.

Pit stop and parking

Toilet facilities are available, including a toilet suitable for people with a disability. There is plenty of parking, just follow the signs to find your convenient parking spot.

The route and timetable

The South West Rail and Heritage Centre is located in Turner Street, Boyanup, an accessible day trip from Perth, and well worth the experience, is open from 10:00am to 2:00pm. For more information, please contact Norm Chapple on swrhc@railheritagewa.org.au or call 0459 712 552. You may also find this website and their Facebook page helpful, and entry is by donation.


All photos are from the SWRHC collection unless otherwise noted. Model planes courtesy of (SWARMS www.swarms.org.au/). Artwork by John F.
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Why? Come and experience real (not virtual) handcrafted models of all kinds, and learn some skills you 'can try at home'
When: Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Phone: Contact Norm Chapple on swrhc@railheritagewa.org.au or call 0459 712 552
Where: Rail Centre, 33 Turner St, Boyanup WA 6237
Cost: Entry by donation
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