Port of Yamba Historical Society president Marea Buist (left) is happy to benefit from the generosity of David and Rhonda Lorenzo from Harwood’s model train display.
Port of Yamba Historical Society president Marea Buist (left) is happy to benefit from the generosity of David and Rhonda Lorenzo from Harwood’s model train display.

Museum is on track

WHEN David Lorenzo heard that the Port of Yamba Historical Society needed help to raise money to build a new storage and workshop facility, he did not hesitate to offer his assistance.

Being the master and creator of the largest model railway exhibition in Northern NSW, Mr Lorenzo is a dedicated fundraiser for several local charities.

For a gold coin donation, David and his wife Rhonda offer delighted guests of all ages the opportunity to explore his model railway exhibition, which features local scenes and landmarks as well as scenes from around Australia.

Among them you will find the Harwood Bridge and sugar mill, canefields, farmlands, historical buildings and much more.

There's a mine, a carnival, a waterfall, a racetrack, even an airport.

"If the track was laid down end to end, it would reach from here to Ulmarra," Mr Lorenzo said.

If you were wondering, this equates to around 48 kilometres of track in various gauges.

The exhibition also includes 23 electric engines and 2369 people, all hand painted.

David has created or customised hundreds of model cars, trucks, buildings, trees, animals, and landscapes. Recently he established a club which includes 12 active members.

"We meet once a month to share ideas and learn from each other," said David.

"Model trains are the fastest growing hobby for men over the age of 50."

Since opening the doors to his amazing display in December 2010, Mr Lorenzo has donated $1769 to local charities.

Yesterday, he made a welcome donation to the Port of Yamba Historical Society.

President Marea Buist was grateful to accept.

With a growing collection of artefacts to manage, the historical society is in need of additional space.

Mrs Buist said that the society is still a long way from reaching its goal of $10,000, and any contribution from the community or business is most welcome.

To help, contact Mrs Buist at the Yamba Museum or call 6646 1399.

Mr Lorenzo's model train exhibition is open from 2pm to 5pm and is at the corner of River Rd and Church St, Harwood.



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