Swap meet for model train enthusiasts

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Model train enthusiast Rob Read with some of his wares on sale at the first ever model train swapmeet at The Plains and Historical Museum venue.

Miniature trains, engines, carriages and tracks were up for grabs at the first ever Model Train swap meet.

It was held at the Plains Railway and Historical Museum last Sunday and drew scores of people from around the South Island.

Rob Read, one of the organisers, said it was a chance for people to sell their model train sets.

He was joined by Ashburton model train enthusiasts Andy Munro and John McIntosh.
“It’s a chance for people to sell their model train items as there has been no train shows
on this year at all,” Mr Read said.

The Ashburton Model Train Show, scheduled for July, was one of the casualties cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Response for the swap meet had been overwhelming with interest from model enthusiasts from Invercargill, Dunedin, Central Otago and Canterbury keen to take part.

Many people had travelled quite a distance for the day, he said.

Tables for sellers were set up and among the wares were historical model trains through to digital sets with lighting, kit set buildings, trees, figures and tracks at varying prices were on offer.

People, young and old, were delighted by the working layout models on display one
of which was Mr Read’s American railroad model built in HO scale (1:87).

Mr Read is also one of the organisers for the Ashburton Model Train Show and has
been a model train enthusiast for the past 30 years.

He is a member of the Garden City Model Railroad Club, in Ferrymead, Christchurch, and also a member of the South Canterbury Model Rail Group, in Timaru.

He along with wife Lisa worked together to build their model; Lisa makes a lot of the
scenery for the layout. The layout took around two hours to set up in time for the swap
meet.