Sunday, May 27, 2018

The Epic Trip Finally Ends

We finally got back home on Tuesday afternoon this week from our epic trip to Sydney and beyond to attend the 2018 Modelling the Railways of NSW Convention.  We covered 2524 km down to Sydney and back with a few side trips along the way. 

Monday morning started early with a very slow trip north through Sydney’s traffic.  First stop was a Maccas near Hornsby for some breakfast nourishment (if that is not an oxymoron), followed by some trains being captured in Newcastle at East Maitland.  After some lunch we then travelled to Taree and arrived just at the southbound XPT from Brisbane was sitting in the platform and waiting to head towards Sydney.  Next stop was Port Macquarie, and after booking into our motel (the same as we used on the way down), we visited two mid north coast modelling mates - Andrew and Ian and had a viewing of their layouts which are currently under construction.  The night ended at a pub 2 doors down from our motel.  Great 2 for 1 meals and a beer or two.  Andrew even came along for a beer as well.

Tuesday was again an early start with another stop in at the Macca at Coffs Harbour for breakfast and coffee, and then next stop was at Ballina at Hungry Jacks for more health food.  We then dropped Darren off at his place, finally got to my place around 3:40pm and then PK took Kevin home.  Thus ended the epic journey.

I’ve been back to work, had a sick kid and I still can’t shake my own cold and cough.

So hopefully I will be able to start putting together various photos over the next few weeks of the various locations visited and trains spotted and layouts which inspired us.

I'm glad the next NSW Convention is not until next year

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