More than 850 people took the opportunity to be a passenger on the model trains at Melrose Park on the Sunday of Anzac Day Long Weekend.
This is a record number of passengers –although visitor numbers continue to rise.
The park opened for the Sunday –it opens on the second and fourth Sunday of each month during daylight savings –attracting visitors from throughout to enjoy a ride or two.
A bouncy castle was also there for the children to have additionalfun.
Model Engineers Secretary, David Lloyd said there were two steam engines running on the day and about four other trains taking passengers for rides around the park.
Passengers are taken on a kilometre journey through Melrose Park and enjoy various obstacles including a bridge and tunnel.
“It kept our signal man very busy and very concentrated,” Mr Lloyd said.
This track has been the hard work of many volunteers for years and it’s gaining popularity.
Mr Lloyd said the visitor numbers to the Model Engineers park had steadily increased during the years and that more and more people were turning out on the train days.
Including a strong number of locals.
Clare has a standardised track, which allowsother trains to run on their tracks –it has seen trains come from elsewhere in SA and even as far as QLD.
There are 85 affiliated independent Model Engineer clubs throughout Australia, with seven of those in SA.
“It’s a great hobby because it involves all sorts of things.”
The youngest person to ever ride at the Model Engineers park in Clare was just five days old, while the oldest was 96.
It isfun for all ages.
The next trains day will be on Sunday, May 8 from 1.30pm.
It’s just $2 per ride and adults and children are welcome –free rides for children under three years old.
Mr Lloyd encouraged people to attend and check out what was on offer at the park.
It’s a place to take the whole family for abit of Sunday afternoon fun, take a picnic and relax for the afternoon of train rides.
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