Mini Model Railway Expo

With the sad cancellation of the annual Perth Model Railway Exhibition for the second year running due to COVID-19, Rail Heritage WA in conjunction with the WAMRC and several other model railway club will be holding a “Mini Model Railway Expo” at the Rail Transport Museum in Bassendean on Sunday 6th June 2021.

For more details, please see the poster below.

Containers for Change

The WA State Government is encouraging recycling through the Containers for Change program. Eligible containers (most aluminium cans and PET plastic bottles) are able to be collected and recycled with a reward of 10c per container. The WAMRC has registered for the scheme and our scheme ID is C10321786:

Anyone can donate their recycling reward directly to the club by quoting the Scheme ID above. We have already made about $30 through the scheme by recycling containers we collected during RailFest and from within the club!

RailFest 2020

RailFest is happening again on Sunday 11th October! This year however will be a bit different due to COVID-19 restrictions. Admission is capped at an absolute maximum of 1200 people, with 1100 tickets available for pre-sale over staggered entrance times at TryBooking (https://trybooking.com/BLLOS). Tickets at the door will be extremely limited so buying your tickets ahead of time is highly recommended!

Coronavirus / COVID-19

The current situation with Coronavirus/COVID-19 has placed the club in a difficult position.

We have suspended all club meetings, social activities and get togethers for the time being.

As such, we are currently unable to commit to opening to the public when the museum is open.

On behalf of the club I apologise for the inconvenience, but trust you understand that the health and safety of our members is paramount.

How Fast Is That Train?

Accutrak II Speedometer

New member Pete Wright brought along his latest acquisition on Wednesday night to demonstrate to other members: an Accutrack II Speedometer from Sprog DCC. It’s quite a neat little self contained unit, battery powered and self supporting with a perspex ‘tunnel’ for the train to run through.

It supports multiple scales [US‑N (1:160), UK‑N (1:148), US-HO (1:87.1) and UK-OO (1:76.2)] and the speed display can be in miles-per-hour or kilometers-per-hour. The tunnel is quite wide and tall — big enough for double N‑gauge track, or a single HO line with double stack containers.

Speed sensing is done using infra-red sensors — an LED and diode at each end of the unit pick up the train as it traverses the tunnel by breaking the reflected beam off the white card on the far side of the tunnel. Some quick testing showed a little variation in repeated passes of a light loco through the tunnel at a constant speed — but this may have been due to variations in the speed of the loco itself.

Accutrack II speedometer in action

Thanks Pete!

 

Building a mountain!

Visitors to the club will notice the N‑Scale layout is becoming taller than it is deep!

Garry has always had a vision for the layout of being very mountainous and now we are starting to see just how mountainous he means.

Garry building the N-scale mountain - watched by Tony and Graham

Garry building the N‑scale mountain — watched by Tony and Graham

The mountain is made of very light construction so it can be easily removed if required.

The mountain base.

The mountain base.

With the mountain top in place.

With the mountain top in place.

In other recent club activities, Keith is busy laying a road on the Thomas layer of the new public layout.

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