Rob Stanford fires up his steam train ahead of the Tweed Valley Miniature Railway Club's exhibition day.
Rob Stanford fires up his steam train ahead of the Tweed Valley Miniature Railway Club's exhibition day. Scott Davis

Full steam ahead towards exhibition day

MEMBERS of the Tweed Valley Miniature Railway Club are gearing up for their annual exhibition day.

The club was founded in 1994 and works with tourist attraction Tropical Fruit World in maintaining its seven-and-a-quarter-inch tourist railway as part of the farm experience.

John Drew has been club secretary since 2013.

"Trains have been an interest since childhood, especially steam locomotives, a thing of the past now," he said.

"But one can still enjoy the smell and sound of a real steam locomotive even in a miniature form by being a member of the club, a place where the membership share a common interest in steam and engineering."

The exhibition day, an annual event since 2014, is held at the club site in Tropical Fruit World.

It's a means of raising funds for the not-for-profit club.

"The exhibition day includes five miniature steam locomotives, plus diesel and petrol-powered locomotives hauling riding cars," John said.

"Other activities include the use of Tropical Fruit World's mini golf, sand pit, basketball, flying fox, quoits and playground area plus visits to their fauna park.

"The club will be providing a sausage sizzle, cold drinks, bottled water and fruit juices."

John says the current membership stands at 25 and the club is always willing to welcome others.

Exhibition day is Sunday, September 24, from 9am to 3pm, at Tropical Fruit World, Duranbah Rd, Duranbah (Cudgen). Entry is $15, kids under 14 free.

Up-to-date information can be found on the website tvmsr@weebly.com and on Facebook.


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