Model train enthusiast shares his talent
THERE'S a lot more to model train displays than meets the eye -- just ask Woombah resident Reg Laurie, who has been making them since 1980.
His latest project, built with the help of his son Scott, is a representation of the Clarence Valley complete with a small township, miniature oyster farm, a dairy farm, sugar cane crops and a shunting yard.
"If we really got into it we could have finished it in three months, but this one's been done over time," he said.
"There's a lot more to it than you'd think; getting a track laid out properly, getting scenery down to what you'd like and houses and buildings to suit."
And then there's the trains themselves.
The 67-year-old said he prefers steam and early diesel trains from the era his enduring fascination started about 60 years ago over modern locomotives.
"When I was a young fella I lived in Coffs Harbour, and my father was a banana carrier," he said.
"He used to cart bananas to the railhead and I used to join him.
While his grandchildren are more interested in modern technology, Mr Laurie's latest train display is sure to attract attention from show-goers at the Grafton Agricultural Show this year.
The display, representing Model Train Displays Harwood, will be in the trades pavilion on May 9-10.