Bundaberg train expo on this weekend
PLANS are full steam ahead as organisers put the final touches on preparations for this year's third annual Bundaberg Model Train Expo.
The two-day event is run by the Burnett Model Trains Social Club and club publicity officer Stephen Reeves said the event at the Civic Centre kicked off the calendar of Model Train show events in Queensland and was the only show of its type in the Wide Bay and Bundaberg region.
"The Model Train Expo organiser and BMTSC president Graham Nicolson has secured more than 10 layout exhibits and a similar number of trade stands for the 2016 show," he told the NewsMail.
"Visitors to the exhibition can marvel at the wonderful layouts and models on display, which have a variety of model railway scales and themes.
"The layouts, with fantastic recreations of scenes in miniature, take many hours to lovingly create and maintain. The owners and operators of the model railway layouts are passionate about the hobby and will gladly answer questions about their railways and encourage budding modellers."
Mr Reeves said this year BMTSC welcomed Queensland Rail as its new major sponsor.
"Queensland Rail has generously donated the lucky door prize of a Queensland Rail travel voucher to the value of $500," he said.
"In addition to this Queensland Rail has provided advertising on their website and specially discounted rail fares for anyone catching the tilt train to Bundaberg from Rockhampton or Gladstone as well as stations in the south including Maryborough, Gympie and Brisbane."
Mr Reeves urged Bundaberg residents to encourage family and friends to catch the train to Bundaberg for the weekend.
The expo will also feature modelling supplies from the many retailers on-site.
"Retailers also provide valuable information and advice on getting the most out of the hobby and the numerous products they have on offer including track, locomotives, rolling stock such as carriages and wagons, and model structures to name a few," Mr Reeves said.
CATCH THE TRAINS
What: Bundaberg Model Train Expo
Where: Bundaberg Civic Centre, Bourbong St
When: Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 9am-4pm
Cost: Adults: $8, Children 8-16 years: $5, Family pass: $20 (two adults and three children aged over 8), children under 8 free when accompanying an admission-paying adults