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.

AGM Results

The AGM was held last night and was well attended by the membership.

The President’s report highlighted just how much has been achieved by the club over the past year — and the Treasurer’s report highlighted just how much it has cost us! 🙂

The committee ballot was short-circuited by Tony Gray withdrawing his nomination during the meeting and all members of the new committee were elected unopposed. This is the first time in many, many years that Tony has not been on the committee in one form or another!

Finally, Paul Webb was awarded the honour of ‘Clubman of the Year’ in recognition of his efforts with the new public layout and getting the junior affiliate program up and running.

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!

Modelling the Railways of South Australia

At the last general meeting (September), member Darren Thomas passed on some interesting information he gathered on his recent trip to the 2012 Modelling Railways of South Australia Convention in Adelaide. Darren’s passion is modelling the railways of South Australia and he presented the following for anyone interested:

  •  — “Broad Gauge Bodies” (click on the logo to go to their website). A useful source of modelling materials — particularly those modelling broad gauge prototypes, both South Australian and Australian in general.
  • — Web site for a variety of electronic kits for model railways available for purchase from Aztronics.
  • — Web site for the “Modelling the Railways of South Australia Convention”

Image: Early SAR open wagon, 4mm, scratch-built by Frank Kelly (2009 MRSAC)

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. 🙂

May General Meeting

That time again — the next general meeting is in two weeks; usual time and place. Here is the formal notice: Acrobat logoGeneral Notice 19th May 2010. Minutes from the March general meeting are available in the members’ area.

We are also now a couple of months away from the AGM in July. That means it is time to start thinking about nominations for committee positions! Here is this year’s nomination form: Acrobat logoNomination Form 2010 (paper copies are available in the clubrooms). Completed nomination forms must be received by the Secretary no later than Wednesday 30th June.

Image: Grip Car 3 at the Wellington Cable Car Museum in New Zealand