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! 🙂

Silent Auction


The club will hold a Silent Auction on the night of the General and Annual General Meetings (17th July).

The items for sale are club stock which are no longer required for club running nights.

For sale will be various American outline locomotives and rolling stock.

A reserve price of $10 for powered items (i.e. locos — whether running or not) and $5 for non powered item (i.e. wagons, passenger cars or anything else) applies.

Come one, come all — and bring cash!

Christmas Party!

Tis the season for using “’tis” and “’twas” excessively — so congruent with tradition we are holding a Christmas party! This Wednesday night at the club (19th December) — come early for tea (Subway platters) and/or bring some goodies to share. Oh and play trains. 🙂

Railfest 2012

Railfest 2012 banner

Where? 136 Railway Parade, Bassendean
When? Sunday 14 October 2012, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

  • Modern trains on display* — see them close up
  • LEGO display – specially for Railfest
  • Meet the authors – the authors of many WA railway books will be present — bring or buy your WA railway books to chat to the writer or have your book signed
  • Swap meet stalls – books and model trains for sale

plus our annual Railfest features

  • Model railway club – with behind-the-scenes access
  • Guided tours – in and behind the museum
  • Kids’ activities spot, spider hunt!
  • Sausage sizzle, railway pies, afternoon tea in the buffet car
  • Pre-read books, magazines, timetables, etc
  • Video and visiting displays

and all our normal historical displays, trains, and the model railway club

And still only the standard prices – Adults $9, children $4, concessions $7

Tell your friends ! Bring your family !

The Railway Museum, 136 Railway Parade, Bassendean WA 6054

*Thanks to the Public Transport Authority, and to CBH. Details to be finalised, subject to operational requirements on the day.

Railfest 2011



Railfest 2011

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Railway Museum

Where? — 136 Railway Parade, Bassendean
When? — Sunday 16th October 2011, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

  • Official book launch at 11 am – great new WA railway book. Special discount price until 5 pm. Most photos never seen before – get yours signed by author!
  • Modern locomotive courtesy QR National
  • Swap meet stalls, model trains for sale
  • Guided tours – in and behind the museum
  • Kids’ activities table, spider hunt!
  • Model railway club – with behind-the-scenes access
  • Vintage bus, old engines and machines working
  • Sausage sizzle, snack, drinks, etc
  • Morse code demonstrations – send your personal telegram
  • Pre-read books, magazines, timetables, etc

Plus all our normal historical displays, trains, and the model railway club

Tell your friends !

Bring your family – keep the kids happy !

The Railway Museum, 136 Railway Parade, Bassendean WA 6054


Railfest 2011 Flyer (rev 3)

Life membership for George Sumner

The AGM was held a couple of weeks ago and there is little to report — apart from the fact that George Sumner was unanimously voted to life membership of the club in recognition of his 27 years of uninterrupted dedication and service to the club.

Unfortunately George was unable to make it to the AGM as he wasn’t too well, so we had to wait a couple of weeks to surprise him. The photo above shows President Tony Gray (right) presenting George with a certificate. A life membership section staff is also being prepared and will be given to George once it is ready.

Image: George Sumner (left) holding his Life Membership certificate

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N Scale progress

The N Scale boys had another good evening last Wednesday putting together one of the larger end pieces of the new layout and then attaching legs and bolting the modules together.

Still haven’t got around to doing the last minutes or sending out the notice of next general meeting — must get on to that!

March General Meeting postponed one week

The Secretary (Ross) will be away with work on the 16th March, so rather than press-ganging someone else into taking the minutes, the committee intends to delay the next regular general meeting by a week to Wednesday 23rd March (still at 8pm in the clubrooms). Formal notice of the meeting will go out this coming Wednesday (2nd March) as normal.

We received a nice note from our travelling President a few days ago. Sounds like his trip is going well:

Hi, Yes we are still alive! Mind you we just about got fried alive going across the Nullarbor; 43°C for about 5 days in a row. Philip island was nice and cool. In Portland, Victoria at the moment with some bad weather on its way tonight; 30 to 40mm rain forecast. At this stage we will be home on the 7th March, a week before my rostered day on. Say hi to the other members for me.

Thanks Mark & Beryl

Half their luck — after 14 nights of minimums greater than 20°C, I could do with a bit of ‘bad weather’ about now…

Finally, the N‑Scale boys finally got cracking last Wednesday night and knocked up four wooden frames in a little over an hour (see picture above) — each one measuring 2.4 x 1 metre. And that was in spite of all the *ahem* ‘helpful advice and encouragement’ *cough* from the rest of the assembled peanut gallery club members. 🙂

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We had a good turn out at the club on Wednesday night. Nobody came down the week before because of Australia Day so I think everyone was keen to come back. Even Peter Tullis turned up — back from his travels around the world over the past couple of months, although it might take him a few days to recover fully! Its good to see some activity down the club again following the traditionally slow Christmas period.

The N‑Scale crew finally finished dismantling the old ‘Redwintul Park West’ layout — and Weepee Junction — and stacked the old modules neatly in a corner so that construction of the new N‑Scale layout can commence in earnest; the HO boys appear to have finally got the wiring for the new DCC boosters sorted out so you don’t get intermittent shorts when driving from section to section on the HO layout; and the daylighters are in the process of cleaning out the outdoor pond following the discovery that the refilling mechanism had failed.


The February 2011 AMRA Branchline is available here: AMRA Branchline Feb 2011

Image: Quarry/mine on the old N‑Scale layout as it looked at the last RailFest.