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22-Jan-2015 AKMC

20150122_2581 Cheaper Than The Real Thing, Pretty Much (Thu 22 Jan)

Hobyco, Queen Victoria Building, Sydney CBD

The huge model railway diorama in the shop window of Hobyco featured a few times in my 2010 and 2011 PADs, but not in the last couple of years I think. That's because I no longer normally go via the QVB on my way home.

Still it's good camera fodder although shooting that close through a shop window can compromise your optics somewhat as appears to have happened here. I probably need to get there just after they've cleaned the windows and there are no tiny little hand smears running across them.

The real Ghan is a tourist train which runs between Adelaide and Darwin. An 8 day package deal (only 2 days of which are on the train itself, and most of which are spent in Darwin of all places) will set you back 3 grand per person.

The model locomotive will set you back only $295 (with the sleeper cars being about $80 each), but there are fewer photo ops along the route, I suspect.

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Bill Reed25-Jan-2015 18:57
I thought, How did he get that far above that train. Great view!
Mairéad23-Jan-2015 21:31
It looks very realistic. I think I'd just settle for your option and spend the money on something else…like camera gear
Julie Oldfield23-Jan-2015 03:57
Nice perspective. The prices are steep for both the model and the real thing. V
Sam Rua23-Jan-2015 00:14
Cool POV. With those prices, I'm not so sure there is a "cheap" aspect to any of this.
Bill Miller22-Jan-2015 20:20
I could have a lot of fun just looking through the window, but the tourist train sounds good too although more than I would usually pay for a journey.
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