Peter ‘railroaded’ at five and now displaying at Rocky Show

Model railway enthusiast Peter Draper assembles track and rolling stock at the Rockhamtpon Show. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Model railway enthusiast Peter Draper assembles track and rolling stock at the Rockhamtpon Show. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

BUILDING model trains is a family affair for Rockhampton's Peter Draper.

For more than 50 years, Peter has been designing, creating and maintaining model trains.

Peter and four other model train enthusiasts have created a fine example of their work for the Rockhampton Show.

He said the layout on display at the show was a freelance layout, not based on any particular place.

But Peter said he was also able to build an accurate museum-level display.

Peter's love for the consuming hobby evolved from when he had his first model train set at just five years of age.When Peter started a family of his own, he shared his favourite hobby with them.

"It's been a good hobby because my children grew up with it," he said.

Peter said there were many different aspects to building model trains, so every family member had come to have their own favourite jobs.

He said model trains were a "very communal" hobby, where people would help each other with parts or material when needed.

Peter said he enjoyed the social element of the hobby just as much as creating the model trains.


Today's opening times: 8.30am to 10pm

Centre ring entertainment highlights

9am to 5pm: Led horse classes and show jumping

10am to 5pm: Woodchop

12pm and 7.55pm: Holden vs Ford Trackskill V8 Ute Challenge

12.15pm and 7pm: The Lumberjack Show

12.45pm, 6.20pm and 8.15pm: Team DMAX

8.30pm: Fireworks

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