The Invercargill Model Train Show 2020 is on this weekend with open days on Saturday and Sunday.
Organised by the Marklin Club Southland, the show will feature 18 different train layouts at the Badminton Hall in Surrey Park.
Club spokesman Geoff Checketts said model trains was one of the biggest hobbies in the world, “but you wouldn’t know because everyone has them tucked away in their bedroom or garage.”
“It’s an amazing thing. People that get into it like to do things with their hands, and then there’s the electronics side of it as well, so it carries a wide range of skills.”
He said New Zealand had thousands of people involved, and ranged from outdoor miniature railways through to those with indoor sets.
“It’s a very old hobby that goes back 120 to 130 years and it’s worldwide,” he said.
There would also be plenty of activities for the kids including face painting and a bouncy castle.
“It’s a hobby for young and old.”
All proceeds from door sales would be donated to the Southland Charity Hospital Trust.
Adults: $5, Children* $3 or Family (2 adults, 3 children)