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Willans Hill Miniature Railway

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Locomotive leaving the main station

Willans Hill Model Railway is located in Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens in the suburb of Turvey Park in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia.

The railway was established in 1982.[citation needed] It is operated by the Wagga Wagga Society of Model Engineers. It includes 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) of track, two stations, several buildings, bridges, tunnels and a number of locomotives owned by the club or individual members.

An annual Invitational Run has been held on the first weekend of November. Miniature trains from all over Australia converged here for two days of train running. Traditionally, the Saturday was for club members only and the Sunday event was open to the public.

The first 24-hour run, called Railway for Life, was held 15–16 September 2007 in aid of the Cancer Council.[citation needed]

There are currently[when?] two routes in use. The main line which is a shorter route that runs within the boundaries of the botanical gardens itself and the museum line which takes the trains under Lord Baden Powell Drive over to the loop next to Museum of the Riverina car park. A proposed extension to the main line includes a spiral.

A new addition to the club is a member locomotive, Blue Ridge, which was purchased from the USA at the cost of A$40,000. This locomotive had its maiden run on the tracks in July 2012.[citation needed]

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