Train Show 2005

The "Model Train Show", which was held in September 2005 was not an official MMACA event, but many of the Exhibitors were MMACA members.

First I have to say what a change it was for me to actually be an exhibitor and be able to play trains throughout the two day event. And even though I was involved with the organization of the show the fact that it was a much smaller exhibition than the MMACA Exhibitions at the DEC allowed me much more time to operate with the BRMA.

Secondly I have to congratulate the committee members who organised the event for putting on such a great show. The committee was headed up by John Mayo, the area representative of the BRMA in Tasmania and he was ably backed by Bob Rayner, Geoff Foster (HRCAA), John Fielding and myself.

Thirdly, the good old Glenorchy Lions came to the party again and supported this event in a similar fashion to that which they do for the MMACA Exhibitions. Again I have to say what a pleasure it is to work with Lion Bill Wedd. And on this project I know that the Lions were very happy with the result of this smaller scale event.

The event was run over the weekend of 9th (set up day) 10th and 11th of September. There were 13 operating layouts. Some features included:

  • A second hand table BRMA - HRCAA
  • How to build
  • Valuations
  • Demostrations
  • Children's competitions

The venue for the show was in the betting hall under the main grand stand at the Royal Agricultural Society's Show Ground in Glenorchy. This area is soon to be vacated by Tote Tasmania which will significantly increase the area available but in the meantime I have to say that it is an ideal venue for this type of one discipline of Model Making Exhibition.

At the time of writing the final wash up of figures has not been completed but I can say that approximately 2500 people came through the show over the weekend which if nothing else clearly demonstrates the power of television advertising because Southern Cross TV came on board as our naming rights sponsor and provided us with a ten day, three ads a day with one guaranteed in prime time advertising programme. Yes we did have signs out and about and we had a colouring competition in the Sunday Tasmanian, but if we had relied on those alone I doubt that the event would have made money. As it is I'm positive that the Glenorchy Lions, will be able to acquire at least one portable defibrillator (approx. value $4000) for St. Johns Ambulance which was the chosen charity for this event.

Brian Johnson  

MMACA President

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