When Lindsay Bamford starts talking about trains it is time that soon drifts off-track.
As president of the Warrnambool Model Railway Club he has a plethora of opportunities to share his hobby with others, including this weekend’s annual Model Train Show.
The event, held at St Joseph’s Primary School on Botanic Road, encourages rail enthusiasts of all ages to catch a glimpse of a hobby that Mr Bamford describes as “quite engrossing”.
“A lot of people bring their own models along and ask advice of others in the room,” he said.
“They might be considering resurrecting their train set and there’s plenty in the room who can offer advice or at least point them in the right direction.
“It really is a hobby that encourages all ages to give it a go.
"It's so enjoyable that sometimes you forget it's just a hobby."
Mr Bamford said the weekend event would offer many unique items including a Victorian Puffing Billy model.
“We’re proud to have a one-tonne exhibition of a fully-working steam locomotive 8A on display,” he said.
“It took almost ten years to build and I think people will be impressed.”
The locomotive will join more than 20 displays from modellers in Victoria and interstate.
“They range from small enough for a youngster to build in their bedroom to large enough to require a small hall to layout,” Mr Bamford said.
“We aim to have more displays and a higher standard each year.”
The event is on Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm and includes sausages, coffee and drinks for sale.