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Upper Hutt Leader : November 16th 2011
25 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 16, 2011 NEWS Trains on male brain Tinplate toys: Bob Smyth of the Hornby Railway Collectors' Association shows off a railroad layout made from mostly 1920s and 1930s tinplate toy trains at the RailEx exhibition at the New Zealand Kennel Club in Porirua. By KAROLINE TUCKEY Bus mountain: Graeme Bennett explains his model trolley-buses are powered by overhead wires, just like the real things, so have the tendency to come off the wires from time to time, just like the real things. From left Adam Cameron, 10, James Mainland, 8, and Rowan Ibell, 6, watch on captivated. Miniature railways still have a magical attraction for many boys, young and old, it seems. Thousands of boffins and enthusiasts, mostly of the male variety, were drawn to the RailEx 2011 exhibition over November 5 and 6, at the New Zealand Kennel Club. The crowds wandered quietly entranced between stalls and 25 model railroad layouts of scenes from Europe, North America and Australasia, including several models of New Zealand's railroads. Organiser Brian Carson said families with young children and older enthusiasts get the same sense of joy and wonder from the elab- orate train sets. It revives childhood memories. People often say, I used to live just down the road from there in England' -- they love talking about the real trains or the models -- and lots of people that say, I've got one of those in the attic', or I used to have one of those'.'' During the weekend, model-makers worked on projects on site or ran their railroads, on hand to chat about the finest detail with visitors or show off the automated toys to the younger folk. Displays were set up low to the ground for children to see easily, and some included checklists of items for children to find and tick off their list. Layouts ranged from the Z gauge -- You hold the loco with tweezers, it's tiny,'' Mr Carson says -- to the increasingly popular garden railways. People used to set them up on a table, then in a room, now they are setting them up outdoors because it's bigger. They meet up at each other's gardens and run them in the summer and have a beer,'' he said. It was likely that several kilometres of miniature railroad was laid out for the week- end, Mr Carson said, with one display consis- ting of 400 metres of track. The annual exhibition is organised by the Wellington British Railway Modellers, Mark- lin Model Railway Club and the Hutt Valley Model Railway Club, and is shown in a dif- ferent part of the Wellington region each year. People tend to seek it out once they know about it,'' Mr Carson said. For many, this piques their interest and then they go off and get started [building their own model railway].'' Crowd numbers seemed consistent with the usual 7000 to 9000 that streamed through on the annual weekend, he said.
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