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.
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 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!
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.
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.
RAILHERITAGEWA 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.
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)