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.



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