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! 🙂
The club is delighted to accept the donation of a very nice model of a North‐West construction camp from BHP Billiton Iron Ore that is now surplus to their requirements. The model is approximately 1:100 scale — close enough to HO 1:87 for us to be able to make good use of virtually everything on our main HO Gunyidi layout.
The model has been very professionally produced and the WAMRC gratefully acknowledges BHP Billiton Iron Ore for donating this model to the club.
The January general meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 29th at the usual time of 8pm. This is two weeks later than usual — due to illness and absence of the club secretary. Apologies for any inconvenience!
Experience a taste of Western Australian history at the FREE Midland Railway Workshops Heritage Day on Sunday 8 September from 10am to 4pm.
Take a journey through the most intact example of an early 20th century railway workshop anywhere in Australia, where steam locomotives, carriages, wagons, tracks, signals and station furniture were constructed and maintained until 1994.
Bring your family along and enjoy:
- Guided site tours
- Musical entertainment including big bands
- Midland Atelier designers on show
- Vintage family photo booth
- Children’s activities including mini train rides and train model making
- Demonstrations of working vintage machinery
- Historical displays and photographs
- Dress up competition and prizes
- Food and drink available
Hashtag #MidlandWorkshops to share your experience at Midland Railway Workshops Heritage Day.
The Midland Workshops Auction will take place on Tuesday 10 September. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to take home a piece of WA’s industrial heritage. Auction items can be inspected at the Heritage Day and on Monday 9 September.
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!
The clubrooms have a new BIG clock — now easily read from anywhere in the main layout room. It has a flat glass cover which doesn’t result in light reflections like the old small clock which made it hard to read.
Free to the club — saved from a rental house clear out where it was destined for the tip!
Recently a crossover was added to the Yoting branch. This allows a train to reverse direction back onto the mainline, It also makes for easier running to the industries in and around Yoting.
As most regular visitors would have seen Yoting and Shotts container Terminal was recently devastated by Tropical Cyclone Rowan.
Rebuilding will commence as soon as possible
‘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 December issue of the AMRA Branchline newsletter is now available: December AMRA Branchline.