Train Show 2015

The Model Train Show has continued to be held every year since 2008 (the last report on this website) and has always raised considerable funds for the Glenorchy Lions Club Charities. The total is now well in excess of $50,000.00.

The Model Train Show continued to be held at the Hobart Show Ground until 2013 where due to an error on the part of the Show Society with our booking we were forced to quickly find another location to run the event.

One of the BRMA members (David Beck) suggested the possibility of the Transport Museum in Glenorchy and when it was realised that they had recently built a new building with funds granted by the Federal Government of the day we had solved our problem. While the actual total space was less than the Show Ground it gave us the opportunity to put on the Model Train Show and have real trains, both Steam and Diesel, running and providing rides for the public at the same time.

The one ticket price covered all and the public obviously thought it was great as they attended in large numbers.

The Model Train Show has been held there ever since and we anticipate it remaining there for the foreseeable future. The event has been moved to August and now for the convenience of parking is held on the weekend where there is no State AFL game being played on the adjacent King George V oval.

The 2015 event was probably the best yet with 22 working layouts ranging in gauge from “N” to “G” and a static live steam display plus a “OO” gauge entry from Victoria.  While our patron counter system let us down we estimate three thousand people streamed through the entrance keeping those on the counter very busy all of both days.

The committee has changed due to both age and new involvement and now consists of representatives from the BRMA - Tas, Glenorchy Lions Club and the Tasmanian Transport Museum Society Inc.

A total of $10,600 was raised for charity!

For a look at some of the layouts click here.

Brian Johnson

BRMA Southern Tas. Area Representative & President MMACA.


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