Baby theme for rail calendar

George King, the youngest in the country to receive his steam driver's ticket, features in the...
George King, the youngest in the country to receive his steam driver's ticket, features in the Oamaru Steam and Rail fundraising calendar. Photo by Carol Edwards.
It is Oamaru Steam and Rail volunteers like you've never seen them before.

Bruce Boutherway in nappies waving from a carriage, Wayne Brunton in a tub with a rubber duck, Bill Cowan in his high chair and Harry Andrew holding a Thomas the Tank Engine toy out the window of a train.

Steam Babies - a 2010 calendar with a difference - is being officially launched tomorrow afternoon.

The brainchild of Carol Scott, from The Wool Store complex, and photographer Carol Edwards, the calendar features steam and rail volunteers, with their heads superimposed on the bodies of babies, in a variety of different railway-themed shots.

When a nude fundraising calendar was first mooted, the volunteers "went in all different directions", Mrs Scott laughed.

But when a mock-up of "November" was shown to them, they loved it and agreed to be involved in whatever roles were picked out for them.

Mrs Scott and Mrs Edwards borrowed five babies, who were "brilliant", and then worked out different positions for the volunteers.

The project had been a "real fun thing", she said.

Mrs Scott, who co-ordinated the Harbourside railway station building project, was happy to be involved with the calendar, because the volunteers did "such a good job".

A thousand copies have been printed and every cent of the $10 purchase price will go to the society, as supporters have paid for the total printing cost.

The launch will be held at the Harbourside station at 1.30pm tomorrow and everyone who buys a calendar then will get a free ride on the train.

The "stars" will be available to sign calendars and the babies and their mothers will present too.

Money raised will go towards the rebuild of the 1924 steam engine B10.


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