Systems Upgraded

A big hats off to the NCE service department. We had an NCE PB105 booster fail and after much dithering decided the best course of action was to return it all the way back to NCE in the US for repair. It cost A$29 to post back on the 13th November last year together with a note explaining the problem and a request to let us know what the cost of repair & return would be.

Didn’t hear anything for a month, then just a brief email stating that a package had been shipped to us from NCE together with tracking information. It arrived a few days before Christmas — our booster repaired and posted back at no charge, complete with complimentary upgrade chips for both our PowerHouse Pro (main layout) and PowerCab (workshop) DCC systems! [I had mentioned in the note that we’d like to buy the upgrade chips if possible to be included when the booster was returned.]

The repaired booster is working great and both upgrade chips are installed and working. The PowerHouse Pro system software version is now 2007C (we were using a beta version somewhere between 2007 and 2007B) and the PowerCab system software version is now V1.65 (was V1.28d — a non-released beta version). [Note that the picture above is old.]

For details of NCE software revisions have a look at Mark Gurries’ excellent site:

RailFest 2014

Railfest 2009

RailFest 2014 is less than a week away and the seven day forecast is looking like it will be great weather! Check out all the great attractions this year.


RAIL HERITAGE WA presents Railfest 2014

Where? The Railway Museum, 136 Railway Parade, Bassendean
When? Sunday 12 October 2014, 10am to 5pm

Swap meet – many stalls — models, books, railwayana; new & used
Model railway club – with behind-the-scenes visits
Guided tours – in and behind the museum
Kids’ activities spot!
Afternoon tea in the buffet car.
Sausage sizzle
Model trains – from ride-on live steam, to smallest scales
Special displays Midland Railway Company, and Working on the railway
Live music – The Stevedores Limited Edition jazz band from 2 pm

Avoid parking hassles – travel with Transperth to Bassendean train station then catch our free shuttle bus
Or park on Ashfield reserve then free shuttle bus to Railfest
All these extras, plus our normal displays — and only the standard prices – adults $9, concessions $7, children $4 (under 4 yrs free)

The Railway Museum, 136 Railway Parade, Bassendean WA 6054

40yrs logo colour

Perth Hobby Centre now in Osborne Park


Barry Bryant / James Bowler of Perth Hobby Centre write:

As you may be aware Perth Hobby Centre has been forced to move out of the shop we had in Murray Street and relocate to Osborne Park, so the past month has been a bit hectic for us. Anyway we are now in and the shop is open for business.


We have also been busy on another front and have secured a premium dealership with Southern Rail Models and have placed orders for the iconic Western Australian HO model the L Class Diesel.




Also … the 20% relocation sale has become a 20% opening sale, so for the next couple of weeks at least there is 20% off everything in the store, except where special prices (such as boxes of track) already apply.

Further information is available in the attached PDF file: THE END OF AN ERA

Northlandz Model Railroad


Northlandz Model Railroad in New Jersey, USA — one of the largest (possibly the largest) model railroad in the world — has teamed up with Sony to showcase one of their new cameras. The results are truly astonishing!

To explore for yourself, click on this link: http://www.separate– or the picture above.

Image: Still from the “Separate Together” film by Sony of Northlandz Model Railroad

Operating Nights Revival


At the general meeting 2 days ago, we discussed how to make the club more fun and to try and get more members coming down more often to be involved. One intiative we have agreed on is to revitalise the operating nights on the 4th Wednesday of each month.

We are kicking off these revitalise operating nights next week (26th March) as follows:

  • Earlier start time: meet at 7pm for a 7:30pm start time
  • Briefing and questions in the first half hour (with complimentary cakes and snacks provided by the club) in that first half hour
  • Strong encouragement for all members present on the night to be involved — even from other scales — especially committee members

So come on down, get involved and lets have some fun! 🙂

BHP Billiton Model Donated

BHP Model

The club is delighted to accept the donation of a very nice model of a North-West construction camp from BHP Billiton Iron Ore that is now surplus to their requirements. The model is approximately 1:100 scale — close enough to HO 1:87 for us to be able to make good use of virtually everything on our main HO Gunyidi layout.

The model has been very professionally produced and the WAMRC gratefully acknowledges BHP Billiton Iron Ore for donating this model to the club.

Midland Workshops Heritage Day, Sunday 8th September


Experience a taste of Western Australian history at the FREE Midland Railway Workshops Heritage Day on Sunday 8 September from 10am to 4pm.

Take a journey through the most intact example of an early 20th century railway workshop anywhere in Australia, where steam locomotives, carriages, wagons, tracks, signals and station furniture were constructed and maintained until 1994.

Bring your family along and enjoy:

  • Guided site tours
  • Musical entertainment including big bands
  • Midland Atelier designers on show
  • Vintage family photo booth
  • Children’s activities including mini train rides and train model making
  • Demonstrations of working vintage machinery
  • Historical displays and photographs
  • Dress up competition and prizes
  • Food and drink available

Hashtag #MidlandWorkshops to share your experience at Midland Railway Workshops Heritage Day.

The Midland Workshops Auction will take place on Tuesday 10 September. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to take home a piece of WA’s industrial heritage. Auction items can be inspected at the Heritage Day and on Monday 9 September.

Is that the time?!

New clock

The clubrooms have a new BIG clock — now easily read from anywhere in the main layout room. It has a flat glass cover which doesn’t result in light reflections like the old small clock which made it hard to read.

Free to the club — saved from a rental house clear out where it was destined for the tip!