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Selwyn Times: August 16, 2016

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12 Tuesday August 16 2016 News SELWYN TIMES One man and his 1000 dreams • By Roy Sinclair NEIL ANDREWS leads the way down precarious steps to a seemingly underground room. He flicks on a light switch. I am wowed by a high viaduct spanning a realistic gorge. My eyes are led to tall forests, tree ferns galore and a painted backdrop depicting a stormy sky. “This is what I do,” he says. “It is not what I do in my spare time. “I mow the lawns in my spare time.” The room was purpose-built for the 9mm (scale 9mm to the foot) layout representative of a one-time railway in Northland. In his garage he is working on a second, portable, layout. This is a narrow-gauge railway based on French townscapes. Model railways is an interest he could not be without. “When I met my partner, Helen, I told her it is me and my trains. They are inseparable. “She accepted that which was great.” He describes railway modelling “as a thousand dreams held together by a hundred unfinished jobs. In other words, a degree of chaos.” “Part of the fascination is HAND-MADE: Model builder, Neil Andrews and his miniature creation of early last century Northland. ​ delving into history to discover how it all would have looked like early last century,” Mr Andrews said. He always liked to do things with his hands. He enjoyed art at school – and building things. Even when he had clockwork railways he was always cutting up cardboard boxes to make buildings. He recalls scoring designs on pieces of wood to make boats. Railways became another part of it. Getting into more serious railway modelling during the late 1950s, there was not much stuff available and if it was he didn’t have the money. If he wanted it he made it. “My mother used to take me to the railway station. I remember being in my pushchair watching H90 x W130mm the Lyttelton trains come and go. “Then at primary school I was quite capable of making an Ecclass electric locomotive with the distinctive air compressor tanks across the front. Everyone could recognise it.” Later, any new gadget at his Canterbury University laboratory would be first examined to how it would be useful on the model railway. “Then we would work out how it was intended to be used.” His workplace became known as “the model train laboratory.” That’s what people who visited talked about. He travelled to model railroad conventions in the United States, becoming a member of the R.G.S. East Hon3 club. He visited huge model railway shows in Cologne and Miniature Wonderland in Hamburg. “In Germany a model railway is like a dishwasher. Everyone has to have one. And most offerings are German-made. They are excellent. “On one European trip Helen and I were forced off the road by Tour de France officials. “We had to divert into a backwater countryside. Organic Training College Learn from the experts Start a career in organics. Reduce your footprint and produce a regular supply of your own fruit and vegetables. Programme Information | 03 3253684 Courses • Organic Distance Programme Part time 1 year, enrol anytime • Year 1 Introduction to Organics 44 weeks, starts August 2016 (Lincoln Campus) • Year 2 Applied Organics 46 weeks, starts August 2016 (Lincoln Campus) All fees under $500 John Sunckell ECAN 2016 “Working together taking us forward” • A steady experienced hand • Strong Mid Canterbury voice • Thriving sustainable communities • Responsible resource use • Simple regulatory processes 0274 542 554 john4ecan Authorised by John Sunckell, 100 Caldwells Road, Leeston HOT OUTLET STORE DEALS SAVANNAH SG610 PLAYER SERIES GUITAR Traditional dreadnought style with a fantastic sound Was $199.00 LESS 25% $149 GUITAR PACk Fender Squirer Strat, AXL Amp, Tuner, Lead, Strap and pics. $399 rockitCHCH ONE FREE MUSIC LESSON with every Ukelele, Guitar or Drum Kit sold. kEYboARd with FREE microphone – Sonata LP5420 54 keys, record & playback, single plus muli finger chord, 10 tones, 10 rhythms Just $95 SoNATA LP6210C kEYboARd Including free keyboard stand ($69) Free Samson headphones ($30) 3 x free beginners books ($60) 1 x free Kapok guitar ($99) $399 SoNATA LP8880 dIGITAL PIANo Full 88 note piano keyboard, fully weighted keys, includes stand and 3 x pedals Bonus offer- 1 x free Kapok guitar, free Samson headphones, 3 x free beginners books Was $1499.00 LESS 20% $1199 Cnr Wordsworth & Brisbane Sts, Christchurch. Free On-Site Parking off Brisbane Street. Ph: 366 1949

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday August 16 2016 13 in miniature BUILDING: A train layout under construction and a G-scale layout at last year’s Christchurch Model Train Show. “There we found towns of beautiful buildings with terracotta roofs. We had discovered the romance of the French countryside. “Anything French is different. If you see a French car you know it is French because it looks nothing like anything else. It is the same with railways. “Their narrow gauge railways were basically portable. They could be picked up and laid beside a road. “That really intrigued me. Narrow gauge secondary lines were introduced to boost the network of French railways.’’ The unplanned detour instigated his French narrow gauge layout. “One develops a modeller’s mind. “A modeller will typically think how it would look in miniature?” He talks about Hamburg’s mind-boggling Miniature Wonderland. “It’s absolutely intriguing. It’s a huge collection that is pushing the boundaries of technology and inspiring manufacturers to pick up on it with new products.” “The model aircraft must represent the peak of model building.’’ “The model trains have been running for so long the track is wearing out.” The closest we have in Christchurch is the annual big model train Show, this year being held over the weekend of October 1 and 2. The venue is Pioneer Stadium in Lyttelton St, Spreydon. It is the show’s 25th anniversary so promises to be special. Mr Andrews was an instigator of the event, starting a model train show at Hagley Community College and then expanding to the Horticultural Society hall. Then, the Christchurch Model Railway Exhibition Society was formed and took over. Its growth took it to Pioneer Stadium where it has been ever since. At its peak the show attracted 10,000 people over the two days. “It’s about its optimum size. “Considering our modest Christchurch population we do a pretty good job,” he said. This year’s show will help those wanting to get into the hobby. “We will have beginners’ train sets and heaps of demonstrations. Find out the best models to buy and learn how to make things. “Technology will be to the fore. This is enhancing the hobby and drawing younger people in. They can operate a railway from a PC or mobile phone, utilising wi-fi and DCC (digital control systems).” He says model railway people are an enthusiastic bunch. They will do their utmost to share what they know. Andrews will be on the demonstrations desk. It is likely he will let slip how to disguise a lot of money spent on the hobby within the weekly household bills. THE HOME OF GOOD BAKING DAILY BREAD White, Wheatmeal, Grain NO LIMIT! ONLY 99 C EA FUDGE SLICE A choc biscuit base topped with yummy choc icing - an old style Kiwi favourite. ONLY $ 3 49 EA $25,000 TRAVEL GIVEAWAY CHEESE ROUNDS 4PK A soft white roll generously topped with cheese and perfect for lunches. $ 1 99 Purchase 2 x 2L Dairy Dale Milk to enter the draw to win $1,000 worth of travel vouchers for your family! 25 WINNERS - 1 PER STORE! MILK Dairy Dale 2L varieties. $ 5 98 2 FOR or $3.19 each FAMILY MINCE & CHEESE PIE $ 5 49 EA Promotional pricing available while stocks last from 15/08/16 to 21/08/16. Images are serving suggestions only. Open 7 days | 8 Convenient local locations Hornby • Barrington • Ferry Rd • Papanui • Riccarton • Upper Riccarton • New Brighton • Rangiora BAKERIES