What’s new?

Wonderful news – CMRCI has joined the ranks of the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA). Watch this space for more details coming soon and also in the Club Bulletin.


The club’s newest layout has been completed, and was officially named after our late President, Peter McEvoy, and was called ‘McEvoy Junction’.

Club Members Ironing out any bugs on the new layout


The club’s new layout was officially named ‘McEvoy Junction’ on Saturday, 31st October at 2.30 pm in the Club’s Rooms. Peter’s family was in attendance and many club members were in attendance. The new layout, ‘Baldwin Park’ and ‘Charlestown’ were all operating, all without any glitches. Read all about the event at CMRCI Bulletin November 2020.


The CMRCI undertakes visits to retirement homes in order to provide entertainment and an element of interest in model trains to their residents.  We also take our layouts to church and school fetes and other public venues; again to provide a form of entertainment, but also to arouse an increase public interest in the hobby.  Providing information about our club to potential members is also an aim, albeit secondary.

The Club takes either our children’s U-Drive layout, or our large exhibition layout, depending on the space available and the audience. The reaction by both children and adults to the layouts is universally good.


Members showing off our wares at a local retirement village.


CMRCI has produced a children’s U-Drive layout, named Charlestown in in honour of, and to remember our long time member and friend Charles Schuster, who passed away in 2017.  Charlestown was formally launched at the Club’s Expo on 24 March 2018 by Janet Schuster and Ms Suzanne Orr MLA representing the ACT Government who provided the grant that enabled construction of Charlestown.

Charlestown is leading a busy life with appearances at school fetes, etc and at the Bunnings Majura Christmas event. The layout will be a primary promotional tool at various markets and events in the period leading up to our annual exhibition.


Members at work on Charlestown during its construction

Mrs Janet Schuster and Ms Suzanne Orr MLA inspecting the layout immediately after the launch ceremony

 Father Christmas operating Charlestown at Bunnings Majura, with the advice of more experienced drivers

The images below show the finished layout

Charlestown had a number of outings in the early part of 2020 to showcase our Annual Exhibition scheduled in late March. Unfortunately due to CoViD 19, it had to be cancelled.



A select group of CMRCI members gathered for annual CMRCI Christmas Dinner at the Canberra Labour Club on the 18th of December last. Although numbers were down on last year (Coronavirus and no subsidy probably paid a part in that) a relaxed and convivial evening was enjoyed by all who attended.

The occasion was also used to present John Webster with an achievement award to celebrate his years of service to the club, as a member, Committee member, Secretary and Treasurer and for his participation in the management of external promotional events.



This page was last updated on 25 Feb 2021.