Gilles Doiron, Moose Jaw's Model Train Aficionado | Fransaskois snooper
A career in various aviation trades led the New Brunswicker to settle in Moose Jaw more than 20 years ago.
For more than 40 years, Gilles Doiron has been collecting model trains of all kinds. A member of the Thunder Creek Model Railroad Club, he shares his passion with the community through the group's permanent exhibit at a mall in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
I've always had a passion for trains, says Gilles Doiron, who grew up next to a station. When the train arrived, it was the big event in the village! All the children were running to the station to see the train!
This interest did not leave him despite the years and turned into a hobby. Over the years, he estimates that he collected over 500 model parts, parts that are part of the club's exhibit today.
The Thunder Creek Club has rented store space in a Moose Jaw mall for their train exhibit miniatures and scale models depicting real-life scenes and landscapes.
Gilles Doiron loves seeing the public's reaction to the miniature world that he and the other 15 club members have created.
[Visitors] like to look for details, he explains , rejoicing that at each of their visits they discover new elements that they had not seen before.
So that everything is gleaming to impress the view to visitors, the collector spends a lot of time making sure nothing gets in the way of the cars running smoothly on the tiny railway track.
The farm seems to be the favorite setting for many visitors, observes Gilles Doiron.
With this facility, the Thunder Creek Model Railroad Club is trying to promote the hobby and attract more members of the younger generation.
“We try to renew, to find new people who will come and get involved. »
— Gilles Doiron
We'll explain how it works, he adds.
L' exhibit at Town N Country Mall in Moose Jaw is open Friday and Saturday, 1-5 p.m.