New clubroom number & updated membership list

The WAMRC club rooms has a new mobile phone number: 0451 186 010

This phone is in the club rooms and switched on all the time — but there is no answering machine or voice mail. It will only be answered if there is someone at the club (which is normally only on Wednesdays and during the day on Saturdays and Sundays).

For other ways to get in contact with the club, see the contact page.

A new membership list is now available in the members’ area (restricted access to members only). There are quite a few updates on this latest version (including Rowan’s mobile, Cliff’s address & mobile, Paul’s address & mobile, Chris’s mobile, Gary’s mobile and Brian’s mobile) so I encourage you to update your records accordingly. I’ll also print out a bunch of hard copies to leave in the club rooms.

As we are coming up towards the AGM in July, I’ll also be sending out copies of the current membership register in conjunction with the usual call for nominations at the beginning of May.

November Minutes now available

Iron ore locos

Happy New Year everyone!

A reminder that the first meeting of the year is on Wednesday 20th January, 8pm in the club rooms. Minutes from the November meeting are now available on the members page. Also on the members page is an updated membership register and new public layout roster (Feb — Jul 2010).

See you at the club next week!

Image: BHP Locos queuing up to enter Port Headland, 15th May 2009

Notice of November Meeting

converted valentine tank

The November general meeting will be held in two weeks time: Wed. 18th November, 8pm in the clubrooms. Minutes from the September general meeting are now available on the members’ page.

Also, the club Christmas party will be held on Saturday 5th December. A running afternoon is planned (from about 2pm) followed by the usual BBQ from 5pm (BYO meat and drinks, everything else supplied). Friends and family are welcome too!

Image: Ex-WWII Valentine tank converted into a bulldozer in the 1950’s for use at the Ragged Hills Lead Mine (300km east of Port Hedland), preserved in the Don Rhodes Mining and Transport Museum, Port Hedland, May 2009

May Minutes now available

The minutes for the May General Meeting are now available on the Members’ Area (send me an e‑mail if you have forgotten the user-name/password to get access). Don’t forget — the next General Meeting is on Wednesday 17th September (i.e. in two days).

Also now available is the updated Members’ Handbook (no password required).

Image: WAMRC member Cliff Dacey pilotting an AN loco at Forrestfield, January 2003 — Tony Parker

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

Railfest 2008 — Sunday October 12th

ARG’s 3107 (ex-L258)

The date for RailFest 2008 has been announced — Sunday 12th October. Mark it in your diaries. The image above was taken at RailFest 2004 and shows ARG’s loco number 3107 (ex-L258) — one of a number of locos visiting the museum on that day for RailFest. More pictures from past RailFests can be found in the gallery.

In sad news, our condolences are passed on to long time past member Ray Cooper on the death of his wife Margaret after an extended illness.

Image: ARG’s 3107 (ex-L258) with another Alco at RailFest 2004 (Brian Seaton)

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

Irv Woolley’s Farewell

Irv Woolley

It was with sad regret that we said “farewell” to member Irv Woolley at the general meeting held on the 23rd January 2008. Irv has been a member at the club for nearly three years, joining the club shortly after emigrating to Australia from the UK. In that time he has proven himself to be enthusiastic and a valuable member of the club and committee, but sadly he is now moving back to the UK for personal reasons. Although he plans to remain an outreach member of the club and will still drop in whenever he is back in Perth, obviously it will be a while before we see him again.

All the best Irv, and we hope the rain in England doesn’t get you down too much!

Here are some more pictures from his last meal at the “West Australian Model Railway Gentlemen’s Club”:

Irv Woolley’s farewell (1) Irv Woolley’s farewell (2) Irv Woolley’s farewell (3) Irv Woolley’s farewell (4)