Model train buffs roll in

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Natalie Balme said her son Jack (16 months) loves anything with wheels, especially trains.
Rob Read has been working with model trains for 20 years.
(From left) Rohan Zou (6), Allan Yuan (11) and Daniel Hu (10) have a closer look at the Eweburn Central Railway display during the Invercargill Model Train Show. Photos: Luisa Girao

MODEL train enthusiast Rob Read always wanted his own train display when he was a child.

However, it took him 20 years to be able to buy his first model train second-hand one.

Now the firefighter has a collection of more than 30 model trains in his house.

Mr Read was among 19 enthusiasts who showed their model trains at the Invercargill Model Train Show last weekend.

“It is an enjoyable hobby to fill the time,” he said.

Event organiser Geoffrey Checketts said the event was a great day out for the family, and some of the proceeds of the show would be donated to the Southland Charity Hospital.

He was happy with the turnout.

“About six train shows have been cancelled in the South Island this year due to Covid-19.

“We had people coming from all over the region for the event. I think people were starved of a model train show.”

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