Dunedin Model Train Show 2021

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Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th May 2021

Location - Taieri Bowling Club, 12 Wickliffe St, Mosgiel, Dunedin, New Zealand

From 9.30am to 4.30pm Saturday and 9.30am to 4.00pm Sunday


Photo's and Comments about the 2012 Dunedin Model Train Show


The public attendance at this years Dunedin Model Train Show was was up little from last years attendance to about 3000.

The next show will be held around May 2013.

Those that attended enjoyed the layouts that this year were mainly smaller and could be built and operated at home - even by those with small spaces available for train modelling. 

Attendees to the show could vote for what they thought was the best layout.

The votes were....

Layout # 15 Route 66/69 82 Vote 1st
Layout # 18 The Merrijigs sawmill 61 Votes 2nd
Layout # 7 N.Central 54 Votes 3rd
Layout # 9 Thomas and Friends 46Votes 4th
Layout # 16 Pukeko Junction 44 Votes 5th
Layout # 12 Willianmston 35 Votes 6th
Layout # 19 Band of Brothers 32 Votes 7th
Layout # 8 Kernow 21 Votes 8th
Layout # 14 Woodland Scenics 16 Votes 9th
Layout # 3 Granddad & Grandsons 13 Votes 10 th
Layout # 2 Granddad & Grandsons 12 Votes 11th eq
Layout # 6 Granddad & Grandsons 12 Votes 11th eq
Layout # 4 Granddad & Grandsons 10 Votes 13th
Layout # 13 Ghost Mountain 9 Votes 14th
Layout # 5 Granddad & Grandsons 7 Votes 15th
Layout # 17 Piper Flat 5 Votes 16th eq
Layout # 8 Zealanda 5 Votes 16th eq
Layout # 10 Orsnow 4 Votes 18th eq
Layout # 1 Warnerville 4 Votes 18th eq

Photo's and details about the layouts at the 2008 show can be found below here....

Layout # 1 - The Merrijigs Sawmill which is one of the smallest HO layouts at the show.

The first layout encountered at the show was The Merrijigs Sawmill.  This is a highly detailed model of a South Island steam powered Bush Tram scene, with a working sawmill set deep in the New Zealand West Coast bush circa 1930.

Train towing log around track 

One line serves to bring logs from the forest, and the other....

Train engine and driver

...goes to the nearest railhead for the dispatch of sawn timber and the collection of supplies.

A comment from a survey at the show was that this layout brought back memories for a West Coaster.


 Layout # 2 - Gutenbach is a demonstration layout of Toottoot, a Christchurch Trader.

This layout could not be displayed at the 2008 show. 

 Layout # 3 - Austinville

Austinville town with train whizzing past 

Austinville is a freelance N Gauge layout not based on any particular theme, but represents a small town in a railway setting with a slice of action.

Great lighting on the buildings really shows up in this photo.


 Layout # 4 - Orsnow

OChildren playing with the Orsnow layout

Orsnow was a layout that children could operate, and they certainly enjoyed making the train run back and forth as fast as it could go on the long stretch of track out of the tunnel!

The area had Thomas hangings to set the scene for the smaller children, who had mainly come along to see...


Layout # 5 - Thomas and Percy

Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends were present, ranging from a large Ertl Thomas display, to a large Thomas and Bertie layout that the children could operate themselves.

Children operate the Thomas layout 

It comprised of two levels, with Thomas running around the top level with Annie and Clarabel, while Bertie ran around the lower level with the Troublesome Trucks.

The upper level controller started smoking on the Sunday afternoon possibly due to the thrashing it was getting and had to be shut down.

Both engines were then put on the lower level to chase each other, and that was more amusement for the children and parents.


Some of the smaller viewers need a little leg up to see the action 

Even those who weren't quite tall enough to see without a little help could get in on the action thanks to stools being available at the door for them to carry round the show.

It was great that again this year, as with last year, all stools were returned for other children to use, although several parents were seen coming back from the car park returning stools!


Layout # 6 - Californian Surfside

 Californian surfside layout

The Californian Surfside layout provided onlookers with a slice of life on the Pacific Coast of America.

 Bright red Canadian Pacific train at road crossing

Lucky that ute hadn't pulled any further forward!


Layout # 7 - Utah Pacific

Utah Pacific was the largest HO layout at the show.

Southern Pacific Train passing cottages beside railway 

There were three new additions to the layout this year that intrigued the viewer.


There was a crash on the highway that had a Police car with flashing lights...

Stopping traffic for a crash - Utah Pacific layout 

there was a highly detailed orchard...

Utah Pacific Layout - Market Garden 

and an operating wind generator.

Operating wind generator on Utah layout 


Layout # 8 JustinTime

Steam Train blowing smoke - Justin Time layout 

This layout ran a small steam locomotive which was actively belching smoke, much to the delight of the viewers who were so many at times that the area was jam packed.


Layout # 9 - Otago Model Engineers

The last layout downstairs was the OMES N scale layout that was viewable on all sides, and had been lowered for easier viewing by children.  

 OMES Layout with an interested crowd gathered around 

OMES Layout with train heading toward viewer 

Control Panel lights on display - OMES layout 

The lights on the control panel for this layout were a source of fascination for many onlookers and showed visually how complicated model train layouts and operation can get.

After this layout,



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