Invercargill’s ‘Great Little Train Show’ is on again this weekend but on a smaller scale – and it’s the second train show in the city this month.
For the past 35 years the Southland Society of Model Engineers has been running the event, but this year the focus was more on the outdoor train rides.
Co-ordinator Wendy Metcalfe said because this was traditionally the club’s big fundraiser of the year, they had to think about the risk, committing to a $5000 expense if they had to cancel it because of Covid.
But it’s full steam ahead this weekend and entry is free with $2 train rides – last year they had 2400 people taking advantage of it, she said.
Watch our video from on the train.
Held next to the Badminton Hall at Surrey Park, there would also be boats on the pond and plenty of fun for the whole family.
Meanwhile, the Marklin Club Southland has donated $800 to the Southland Charity Hospital Trust from its annual Invercargill Model Train Show 2020, last weekend.
Club spokesman Geoff Checketts said he was thrilled with how the day turned out and a good 1600 people came through the door.
Geoff said this was the first event for its organising team and it was a great success.
He said when the club heard the ‘Great Little Train Show’ might not be happening this year they decided to hold an indoor event, and now that it was going ahead the public got to have the best of both.
On this weekend is the Southland Society of Model Engineers ‘Great Little Train Show’ ride the train or watch.
What: The Great Little Train Show (Covid Special)
When: Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th October.
Where: Surrey Park, next to the Badminton hall.
Visit: The Southland Society of Model Engineers Facebook page here