Vice-president Jeff Gillam takes passengers around the track.
Vice-president Jeff Gillam takes passengers around the track. David Nielsen

Train club's open day a success

AS the sun shone down on Grandchester, the town's model train club welcomed close to 100 people for its first open day of the year yesterday.

Grandchester Model Train Club secretary Peter McGovern said the fine weather was a welcome change, with parts of the track under water earlier in the week.

“In 12 years we have run here, the floods have come through a couple of times,” Mr McGovern said.

“Only once have we not been able to run because of the water.”

East Ipswich resident Allan Fleming brought daughters Kendall, eight, and Paityn, five and his visiting nephews Lachlan, 11, and Oscar, seven, out to enjoy the day.

“I wanted to bring the boys to show them what the region has to offer,” he said.

Grandchester Model Train Club vice president Jeff Gillam, one of the club's founding members, said the reward for volunteers came from the children's reactions.

“It is seeing the kid's faces and when they come up to you and say, ‘Thank you driver',” he said.

Mr Gillam said it was only natural he would start the club, with his grandfather a locomotive driver and his father and uncle involved in the Grandchester sawmill.



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