Train enthusiasts set to take over city

00:00, Jul 10 2014

Trains are taking over Manawatu, with model railway layouts from around the world making their debut in Palmerston North this weekend.

More than 16 layouts of different shapes and sizes will be on display for the Rail X event at Arena Manawatu's Barber Hall on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

David Johnston, an organiser of Rail X, said there would be a variety of New Zealand, American, European and British railway scenes on display.

People would be able to take miniature train rides, which will take place outside the hall, and view stalls with railway-related books, toys, DVDs and military medals.

Johnston said one of the trains would be making its first public appearance this weekend.

"It will be great for people to see how the layouts take shape and how much work goes into building them," he said.


Organisers have been working since October to bring Rail X together and are hoping for a turnout of about 3000 people from around the country.

Because of the time it took to create the displays, Rail X only happened every two years, so train lovers would need to attend this weekend to avoid missing out, Johnston said.

"Depending on the layout, two years is no time at all to create one - one of our members has taken 12 years to get one of the displays to where it is."

The layouts will range in size and colour and there will be vintage to modern styles on show.

Rail X will cost $8 per adult, $2 per child and $18 for families.

■ The Esplanade Scenic Railway is launching its new carriage painted in the Manawatu Turbos' colours on Sunday. Between 12pm and 1pm, people will be going into the draw to win the first ride in the new carriage with some of the players from the Turbos.

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