Trains track their way through family history
WITH their eyes glued to the two miniature trains moving at speed around the track, it would have been highly unusual if five-year-old Corin Driver and three-year-old Cadel Driver didn't have more than a fleeting interest in trains.
Their uncle Lincoln Driver is a coal train driver and their grandfather Geoff Driver is a train driver for Bundaberg Sugar.
You'd think that would be enough of a link to safely say a love of trains runs in the family, but there's more.
Geoff's grandfather was a train driver and his wife Pam's grandfather was a train driver at Bingera.
But for Lincoln and Geoff trains aren't just part of their job, it's their hobby too; a hobby Corin and Cadel have also embraced.
"After last year's train show the young boys enjoyed it so much we decided to make a model they could use," Geoff said.
"The layout has the two tracks and the two controllers so they can both have a go together."
Geoff, whose memories of trains go back to when he was just four years old, is looking forward to putting the model on show at the weekend's Bundaberg Model Train Expo.
"A lot of skill goes into a model, the track work and the scenery," he said.
One of a number of model train layouts, Cordel (a combination of Corin and Cadel), will join other impressive layouts, including Lincoln's renowned Wallaville.
Held at the Civic Centre from 9.30am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday from 9.30-4pm, club president Graham Nicholson said this year's expo featured more than 50% new exhibits.
"Last year we had about 2000 visitors so we're hoping for more this year," he said.
The expo is sponsored by Bundaberg Sugar and 4BU.