WHEN Kevin Bush’s parents brought their son a model train set for his 10th birthday, little did they know what a lasting impact it would have.
That simple gift started a love affair with model trains that has lasted for 60 years and shows no sign of running out of steam.
Mr Bush made the journey from Chewton, near Castlemaine, on the weekend to be part of the Warrnambool Model Railway Club’s annual exhibition.
Held at the Archie Graham Community Centre on the weekend, the event attracted strong public interest with large numbers coming through to see 15 train set layouts and five commercial stands.
It was Mr Bush’s fourth year at the exhibition, made special when he won the Wayne McSween Memorial Award for best layout, voted by club members.
The award was first handed out in 2009 in honour of Wayne McSween, a long-time member of the club who passed away in 2008.
His brother and current club treasurer Kevin McSween founded the award, with Mr Bush a popular winner.
“It is a great honour for me to win this award. There is a lot of hard work put in by everyone who comes here,” Mr Bush said.
“I started this layout four years ago and it was 3.6 metres long and that has grown now to 9.6 metres. I add to it each year.”
A new feature of his design this year was a trestle bridge which Mr Bush carefully constructed with the help of his sidekick Gary Taylor.