Little trains draw big interest at model show

20:57, Mar 30 2014
Bill Shieffelbein
PRIDE AND JOY: Bill Shieffelbein shows Christina Kelly, 12, his model train collection on display in Invercargill’s Freemasons Hall on Saturday. 

Collecting is like a disease for model train exhibitor Stan Larsen.

His pre-war and post-war trains on show at the Southern Railway and Modellers Club Model Train and Hobby Show in Invercargill at the weekend were among 20 displays of train layouts, model cars and doll houses spread throughout the Freemasons Hall.

Kids flocked to the venue with their parents in tow.

Larsen, 70, said model trains had been a passion of his since childhood and he did not see himself giving them up any time soon.

"I'm too old to stop now."

An engineering tutor at the Southern Institute of Technology, Larson has about 50 model locomotives in his collection.


The trains he had on show were all made from metal - unlike most modern trains which were made from plastic - and included two larger wind-up models dating back to 1937.

"They'll probably last another 50 years, which is more than I'll do," he said.

His collection contained pieces bought from manufacturers Hornby, Mettoy and Brimtoy.

Southern Railway and Modellers Club organised the event, with a massive train track layout taking centre stage.

Proceeds from the train show will go to the Southland branch of Riding for the Disabled. 


The Southland Times