The Hobart Model Train Show 2016

The Hobart Model Train Show has been a regular outing for me for a good many years. I don’t often miss it. If you have read more than a couple of posts on this blog you will know that railways has been a big part of my family life. Naomi, David and I all worked for the railways at one time, we all loved railway excursions especially on steam engines and we all loved model trains.

On Saturday Naomi and I made the trip to the Tasmanian Transport Museum for this years event.

O gauge railway.
O gauge railway.

This year I have focussed more on the scenery than the trains though as I love miniature scenes.

An acquaintance of ours was one of the exhibitors . Historian Peter Fielding from Oatlands has a display every year. His models are usually based on scenes from World War One and are always incredibly detailed for such tiny things. Peter likes to educate and entertain the many children that come to see the trains so he usually sets up some funny little scenes for them to find in his diorama. This year his scene was “The Desert War 1916-1918” . We thought it was the best display he’s done.

Historian Peter Fielding with his exhibit at the model train show.
Historian Peter Fielding with his exhibit at the model train show.
Egyptian scene.
Egyptian scene.

Most of this years layouts had terrific scenery and we thought that the backdrops were particularly well done as well. This one reminded me of the sort of scenery that I’d see when we travelled around by train when I was a child in England. Naomi said it reminded her of “Coronation Street”.

An English town scene.
An English town scene.

This was part of a very pretty little railway set in the Welsh countryside.

Station in the Welsh countryside.
Station in the Welsh countryside.

The scene below I edited very slightly. I thought that the painted industrial  buildings in the background were very well done. I just removed a line where two panels had been joined together which was a bit distracting.


Both Naomi and I have fond memories of Hornby trains from our childhood. I had a station and platform that looked a lot like the one in the picture on the left. These two photos are of a Triang Hornby railway circa 1955. My Horny train set was from about 1963-4

Hornby Clockwork trainset.
Hornby Clockwork train set.

Above is a clockwork train set. The buildings are all biscuit and tea tins but they fit in really well.

There were also some larger miniature steam locomotives and two full-sized ones in steam, one giving rides up and down a stretch of track inside the museum. Of course it was impossible not to think of David as we attended so many of these things together. He would have been fascinated to see locomotive C22 which we had not seen in steam on previous visits. Here is one last  photo that I took of David at the 2014 show, the last one he attended with me.

Hobart Model Railway Show 2014
David at the Hobart Model Railway Show 2014


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

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