TRAIN ENTHUSIAST: Bill Baggett and his amazing constructions.
TRAIN ENTHUSIAST: Bill Baggett and his amazing constructions.

Moving on but hopefully not the end of the line

IN A shed on a farm above the town of Dorrigo there's another world - a world of towns, trains and imagination.

This is the world Bill Baggett has created over the past 14 years since coming to Dorrigo to retire and now he's about to leave it all behind.

"We have just put our farm up for sale - we are hoping that whoever buys it will take the railway with it," Bill said.

"It took me a year and half just to build the purpose-built 40 foot by 60 foot shed. The track is 1000ft long - one of the longest in Australia."

While the train layout is worth a substantial amount of money, Bill said he was happy to just let it go as part of the farm, though after putting so much effort you can't blame him for hoping it will go to someone who wants it and will continue to build and enjoy it.

It was actually trains that made Bill and his wife choose Dorrigo for their retirement in the first place, leaving a photography business behind in Queanbeyan.

A train enthusiast from his youth, he didn't really start building model railways properly until the '70s and '80s when a posting to Malaysia in the Armed Forces allowed him to buy model trains in Hong Kong.

His life-long interest in trains also put him in touch with other train lovers around Australia and he joined the Dorrigo Railway Museum while still living down south.

"In 2000 we retired and decided to come up to Dorrigo for the trains - the big ones and the little ones," he laughed.

"My mate, who I had been working on trains with down in Queanbeyan, had already come up here. We've been modelling together since 2000."

Now in their 70s, he and his wife are moving into town and downsizing - but don't think that means the end of Bill's love affair with trains.

He's hoping to find somewhere big enough so he can build another track, surrounding miniature industries and towns and continue to enjoy his hobby - just probably not quite so big this time.


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