Friday, July 6, 2012

Australia: Thomas the Tank Engine spends the weekend with friends

From Wagin Argus:  Thomas the Tank Engine spends the weekend with friends

THE long weekend in June was an opportunity for the WA Branch of Model Railways of Australia to showcase their stuff to the general public.

More than 20,000 visitors filed through the Claremont Showgrounds to check out the enormous displays of trains.

This is the second year that Doug and Val Whiting, along with their sons Errol and Peter, have gone to the event to display Doug’s Thomas Tank Engines.

Thomas had plenty of friends as there were electric models, a massive display of Lego with Lego railways running through it, wooden models and also meccano rail displays.

A miniature model steam engine was huffing and puffing, plus there was a larger version that people could sit in.

This year for the first time there were remote-controlled semi-trailer models (road trains).
The weekend is a popular event for people of all ages and an opportunity for everyone to revisit their childhood.

There were at least 25-30 displays, with some only taking a small table while others are much larger.
Mr Whiting won the manager’s merit award, a cup given by the manager to one of the displays at the end of the weekend.



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