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)
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! 🙂
‘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. 🙂
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
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. 🙂