Gwynda Campbell and her dog Pixie ride in the locomotive parade. Photo: Sara Hollyman.

Modellers celebrate 60 years


The Nelson Modellers Association are celebrating their 60th birthday in style on Sunday with events spanning three days.

Locals of all ages joined in the celebrations with 12 locomotives offering rides and a parade with all engines, running together.

One of the organisers, Reese Cobb, says it was very busy but everyone seemed to be having fun.

“The main emphasis for the weekend was for the visitors to have fun and the public to have fun. We had about 70 visitors from around the country who were here solely for the weekend’s celebrations.”

Keith Betts and his two sons brought one of their engines, the Phantom 260 1880s American Western, down from the North Island for the weekend.

Keith says it was his father’s love of the railway that first gave him “the bug” to get into modelling.

“His dream was to work on a railway and it never happened, so this is the next best thing, I guess.”

It appears the two boys will be following in their father and grandfather’s footsteps with Kingston taking charge of driving the engine for the day.

Celebrations will continue tomorrow with rides from 1-4pm on offer for $1.