Notice of 2008 AGM

Rusting rails at Donnelly River mill.

The 2008 Annual General Meeting will be held in two weeks at the clubrooms on Wednesday 16th July 2008, from 8pm. All members should have received formal notice of the meeting (or it is in the post). Minutes from the last AGM are available on the members page. (Send me an e‑mail if you have forgotten the user-name/password needed to access the members page.)

This year we have two nominees for the position of President, so there will be a secret ballot held at the meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, but would still like to vote, please let me know as soon as possible so I can send you a postal ballot form.

Also note that the public layout roster for August 08 — January 09 is now also available on the members page (thanks Peter!). The membership register has also been updated.

Image: Rusting rails at Donnelly River mill, July 2007

Calling for Nominations for Committee

It’s that time of year again — less than four weeks until the AGM. So that means we need nominations for committee positions. Download the Committee Nomination Form 2008, complete it and get it back to the Secretary by Wednesday 25th June 2008.

The membership list on the members page has been updated with our recent new members, so be sure to grab a copy and update your records. The club now has over 40 members — first time for a while!

Also in news, the Albany Model Railway Association are holding the Albany Hobby Expo again this year over the middle weekend of the October school holidays. The N‑Scale boys at the club are keen to exhibit and are planning to take down Weepy Junction — with a new station module and hidden fiddle yard. The image above is of a test track plan — using a plastic lid as a turntable substitute!

Image: Weepy Junction new station module — embyonic form

General Meeting 19th March

Steel Mill (annotated)

At the general meeting on Wednesday night, two new members were accepted into the club (Simon Pegram — as a junior member, and Anthony Reeder). Welcome to the club guys! Chris Kalajzic was accepted by the membership as our new committee member and we also discussed and agreed to replace the dirty carpet in the public area with industrial vinyl, which should be a lot easier to keep clean.

Terry Kestel supplied me with a legend for his scratch built steel mill, so I have marked up a photograph of all the components (see above). Terry based his design on pictures of the Walthers Steel Mill kit that was produced in HO scale in 1996. We have been looking for one of these Walthers kits for the club for some time, but they have been out of production for a while now. Although some second hand models are sometimes available on eBay, they are usually assembled — hence shipping costs to Australia become prohibitive! I think Terry has done a terrific job, especially considering the ordinary everyday items he has build it from.

Below are some more photographs from the night — the steel mill from the other end (it is so long it is very difficult to photograph in its entirety!) , Chris K. — our new committee member, and a general shot of some of the workers and watchers — anxiously fiddling with stuff after being forced to sit still during another general meeting.

Steel Mill (rolling mill end) Chris K. Workers and watchers