The world of trains in miniature

By Anne-Marie McDonald

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Seanoa Viliamu and daughter Lilly, 5, at the Wanganui Model Railway and Engineering Society's open day. PHOTO/BEVAN CONLEY
Seanoa Viliamu and daughter Lilly, 5, at the Wanganui Model Railway and Engineering Society's open day. PHOTO/BEVAN CONLEY

The world of miniature railways was revealed to the public at the Wanganui Model Railways and Engineering Society's open day.

The open day was held on Saturday afternoon at the society's clubrooms in Alma Rd.

President Paul Mallett said about 50 people attended the open day, which gave society members the opportunity to show off their current project.

"We're working on one big project, a layout. It's something we've been working on for ages - and let's just say finishing isn't the object."

Mr Mallett said the society holds about four open days per year. The aim is to make the society more accessible to the public.

"We always get plenty of kids through the doors, they always seem to enjoy it. Also a lot of retired people - retirement age is when lot of guys take it up.

There were no new members this time round, although Mr Mallett said three people had taken application forms.

Mr Mallett said members enjoyed showing the public what they do.

"We know there are some people who keep it really secret that they're into model trains, but our crew aren't like that."

There are currently just under 20 members in the society; mostly men, but also a sprinkling of women.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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