Model train buffs go loco over birthday

THE sounds of chugging trains and whistles will float down from the Tamworth Miniature Railway this weekend as model engines gather from all over to celebrate the first birthday of the completed track. 

CELEBRATIONS: Mick Warne of the Mooroolbark Miniature Railway Club 
letting off steam with Tamworth and District Model Engineers president David Scott next to Mick’s GP38 engine. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 130614GOB01

CELEBRATIONS: Mick Warne of the Mooroolbark Miniature Railway Club letting off steam with Tamworth and District Model Engineers president David Scott next to Mick’s GP38 engine. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 130614GOB01

The Oxley Loop was completed last year, and Tamworth and District Model Engineers (TDME) president David Scott said it was an anniversary they wanted to remember. 

A club day is being held today for visiting club members, with steam and traction model engines from Melbourne, Newcastle and the Tweed Valley travelling long distances to test out the Tamworth track. 

But tomorrow, the track will be opened to the public, where parents, children and locomotive enthusiasts can have their turn on the locos. 

Mr Scott promises it will be a fun day on Sunday for everyone, 

complete with train rides and a sausage sizzle. 

It will be the second time the TDME has used the Howard Penrose Picnic Pavillion, which will be officially opened in the coming months, constructed following a $24,000 NSW government Community Building Partnership grant secured by member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson. 

The TDME also rescued a railway signal from Gunnedah destined for the scrap heap – it has been restored and is on display at the track, along with a new tunnel entrance. 

The public running day will take place tomorrow from 10am to 3pm.

Smartphone
Tablet - Narrow
Tablet - Wide
Desktop