Training is fun for all ages
LOCOMOTIVE fans old and young revelled in a miniature train show at The Workshops Rail Museum over the weekend.
The two-day Queensland Model Railway Show excited children and adults, and drew exhibitors and fans from across Queensland and New South Wales.
Russell Bates, from south-east Queensland Lego club BrisBricks, said the show combined his love of trains and Lego.
"We go to about six shows a year and have a ball," Mr Bates said.
"It takes about 20 people to build one model railway, which we exhibit for a year before we take it apart and change the theme.
"This year's theme is A Train Trip Through Time, and the landscape changes from medieval to Japan and Egypt and so on."
Mr Bates said there were many grown-up fans who loved train sets and Lego.
"We call ourselves AFOLs, which stands for Adult Fans of Lego," he said with a laugh.
"It's a great hobby and it gives you something to do after work."
Mr Bates estimated it took "as many pieces of Lego as there are stars in the sky" to build the model landscape.
"We don't count, some people use computers and then order the parts, but I just build and see what happens.
"I love being able to add movement and light to the scenes - it's details like the lights in the church and the mill's spinning water wheel that really make it."
Donna Clark, mother of Daniel, 8, and Andrew, 3, said her sons were obsessed with trains.
"They're always building train sets and Lego, and Daniel is itching to get a proper train set for his birthday," Ms Clark said.
"This is the second or third year we've been to this show, and they both love it."
Dozens of hobbyists showed off their creations, which ranged from a fictional town inhabited by Where's Wally characters to an exact model of Coorparoo train station.
The Workshops Rail Museum director Andrew Moritz said the event united fascinated fans with these enthusiastic hobbyists.
"At this event all under the one roof, you get experts who are happy to share their hobby with peers, beginners or people who are intrigued by model railways," Mr Moritz said.
"The traders are happy to talk shop and supply visitors with their modelling needs, you'll even see some doing demonstrations."
Miniature steam train rides from Grandchester Live Steam and Garden Railway Friends also proved to be a huge hit with children.
"We also had a Tiny Train Creation Station and Wood Workshop open to keep little hands busy," Mr Moritz said.
Some visitors arrived in style on Saturday, after a scenic heritage steam train ride from Roma St to Ipswich.
To find out more visit theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.