Miniature charm to appeal at annual model train show

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toottoot.co.nz owner Geoffrey Checketts and Marklin Club Southland are hosting the Model Train Show at Surrey Park in Invercargill this weekend.

FOR the first time, the “Mercedes-Benz of model trains” will be available to buy at the Model Train Show in Invercargill this weekend.

toottoot.co.nz owner Geoffrey Checketts and Marklin Club Southland are bringing model train layouts, retailers, face painting, a bouncy castle and more to the Badminton Hall at Surrey Park in Invercargill for a two-day model train extravaganza.

A great day out for the family, attendees would have the chance to check out the model train layouts and browse the Marklin range a world-renowned German model train brand which had stood the test of time for 160 years.

From airport trains to steam trains and fire trains, there would be something for everyone, Mr Checketts said.

“Marklin was brought into Southland in the 1960s, and a lot of people will still have sets they bought all those years ago.”

With the 2020 General Election and Southland Charity Hospital’s Pack the Park rugby game on the same day, he was expecting a great turnout.

“This year’s model train show has a wide selection of layouts that are sure to appeal to everyone some never before seen in Invercargill.

“Cast your vote and come along to the show.”

A chance to “give back”, a portion of the proceeds from the Model Train Show would also be donated to the Southland Charity Hospital, he said.

Mr Checketts started his toottoot.co.nz store in Glengarry at the end of the last year after it had been operating in Christchurch for 15 years.

Since then, the store had proved popular, he said.

“We have train sets for 3 years old-plus, model accessories and parts you can imagine to build a model town or scene, just like what you’d have in real life.”

A passionate hobbyist of 35 years, Mr Checketts said the response from Southlanders since starting the store had been overwhelming.

  • Invercargill Model Train Show, Badminton Hall, Surrey Park, Invercargill, Saturday, October 17, 10am-4.30pm, and Sunday, October 18, 9.30am-3.30pm. Tickets $5 for adults, children (under-15) $3, family ticket (2 adults, 3 children) $12.
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