Matt & Kim to the Rescue


Be sure to watch Matt & Kim to the Rescue at 7pm on Channel 9 this coming Sunday night! The WAMRC and Railway Museum feature in this episode of the locally produced TV show where a family with 2 sons with special needs enjoy time away from their home while it gets a full makeover.

Special thanks to WAMRC members Roger Winfield and Don Finlayson for manning the model railway at short notice a few weeks ago when this episode was filmed.

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.

Building a mountain!

Visitors to the club will notice the N‑Scale layout is becoming taller than it is deep!

Garry has always had a vision for the layout of being very mountainous and now we are starting to see just how mountainous he means.

Garry building the N-scale mountain - watched by Tony and Graham

Garry building the N‑scale mountain — watched by Tony and Graham

The mountain is made of very light construction so it can be easily removed if required.

The mountain base.

The mountain base.

With the mountain top in place.

With the mountain top in place.

In other recent club activities, Keith is busy laying a road on the Thomas layer of the new public layout.


Lotterywest Grant for New Patio

Damaged Patio Shadecloth

Three years ago (to the day!) the simple shade-cloth patio protecting a portion of the outdoor area at the club was destroyed in a storm. Since then we have been trying to figure out a way to replace it.

Damaged shadeclothThe original was built by our senior club members over a long period of time using salvaged and second-hand materials. There were two problems with adopting this approach again: 1) Clearly cobbling something together using second hand materials isn’t strong enough to stand up to storms and 2) our senior members are now too senior to contemplate this sort of activity, and our less senior members either don’t have the necessary skills or time to be able to contemplate it.

Lotterywest SupportedWe applied to Lotterywest for a grant to build a new patio and yesterday we were successful! We should receive the grant within a week allowing us to book a contractor to complete the work at the first opportunity.

A big thank-you to our President, John Kinson who was the driving force behind getting quotes, completing the mountain of paperwork and liaising with Lotterywest.


RailFest 2015

(repeat of a previous post — but now less than a week away!)

Railfest 2015

Where?   The Railway Museum, 136 Railway Parade, Bassendean
When?   Sunday 11 October 2015, 10 am to 5 pm

  • x1001Swap meet — many stalls — new & pre-owned — Model trains, books, railwayana
  • Model railway club — with behind-the-scenes visits
  • Meet Warren Duffy of Lost Perth
  • Guided tours — behind the scenes
  • Kids’ activities
  • Afternoon tea in the buffet car
  • Sausage sizzle
  • Special displays
  • Live musicgreat sounds to enjoy

katiAll these extras, plus our normal displays — and only the standard prices — adults $9, concessions $7, children $4 (under 4 yrs free)

The Railway Museum
136 Railway Parade
Bassendean WA 6054

Western Australian Government Railways L Class Diesel Locomotive

Recent painted L class samples from Haskell’s Facebook page.

L258 BlueL3115 Right cab

L3115 Left cabL class B end chevronL class bogie sandboxL class bogie sandbox 1L3115 Right sideL class cab brass etch

Western Australian Government Railways L Class Diesel Locomotive

In preparation for the completion of the Eastern Goldfields Railway gauge conversion from narrow to standard gauge in 1968, The Western Australian Government Railways started taking delivery of 23 L Class Diesel locomotives in 1967. The first 23 L Class were built by Clyde Engineering in Granville, NSW and based on the United States manufactured SD40 by Electro Motive Division (EMD). Reduced in height from the SD40 to meet Australian loading gauge requirement; the L class was the largest and heaviest locomotive operated by the Government Railways at the time.

Unlike Eastern States modellers who have been well catered for with ready to run locomotives and rolling stock from their government railways, The WA modeller has not been well served in HO scale having to rely on kits or repainted US outline locomotives and rolling stock. In particular the L class was produced as a resin kit by the Victorian Hobby Centre, and Northern Models.

Enter 2014/2015 and two HO scale model railway manufacturers have announced their intention to produce the L class locomotive. Southern Rail were first to announce their L class in May 2014 followed by Haskell in 2015. WA modellers attending the 40th Anniversary of the AMRA Model Railway Exhibition held at the Claremont Showgrounds Exhibition Centre  over the June 2015 long weekend, were privy to see and handle Haskell’s first production samples of their HO scale L class locomotives.

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WAMRC Life Member Tony Gray in maroon jacket showing great interest in Haskell’s production sample L class locomotive

Tony Gray 1

Photos courtesy of Haskell’s Facebook page.

Haskell intend on releasing the L class in a variety of liveries.

WAGR original livery of blue and white Engine numbers: L254, L255, and L263

WAGR second livery blue and blue, Engine numbers: L258, L262, and L265

Westrail orange with blue stripe and white lining. Engine numbers: L252, L253, L259, and L261. Likely to be popular with WA modellers will be the Westrail blue, orange, and white experimental livery Engine number: L268


L class pre-production samples


L2 L4L3

More information can be obtained from Haskell Co. Taiwan:

Southern Rail Models: