THE 28TH CANBERRA MODEL RAILWAY EXPO
The consensus is that the Expo was a success. Comments from traders (one of whom had his best day’s takings ever), exhibitors and patrons indicated a high degree of satisfaction.
With 60 exhibitors, traders and clinics this exhibition must be close to being the biggest (and best!) outside the metropolitan areas. While most of the layouts were known to us there were enough new ones to make it interesting.
The judges had a hard time selecting the winners of the various competitions. The eventual winners were:
BEST EXHIBITION LAYOUT – Yendys presented by the ACT Model Railway Society. The model depicts a section of suburban main line somewhere on the leafy outskirts of Sydney.
The prize is sponsored by Hobbyland Australia
Prizes for MOST POPULAR LAYOUT (sponsored by The Model Railroad Craftsman) and BEST SCENERY LAYOUT (sponsored by by Chuck’s Ballast) were won by “Western Rivers”, an HO scale layout by Ray Tobin and Warwick Taylor. The model is set around the Darling River at Menindee.
TRAINWORKS RAILWAY MUSEUM, THIRLMERE
About 20 members made the trek to the Trainworks Railway Museum in Thirlmere. The Museum is home to about 39 locomotives of which 5 steam locomotives and 3 diesels are operational. There are over 100 items of rolling stock of NSW origin, both NSWGR and private lines.
Some of the gang checking out the accommodation on a sheep wagon
CMRCI COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROGRAM
The CMRCI undertakes visits to retirement homes mainly to provide entertainment and an element of interest to the residents. We also take our layouts to church and school fetes, markets, etc, again to provide a form of entertainment, but also to arouse and increase public interest in the hobby. Providing information to potential members is also an aim, albeit secondary.
The Club takes either Smith’s Crossing, 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.
GOULBURN RAIL HERITAGE CENTRE
Some members recently visited the Centre to inspect the premises, locomotives and rolling stock.
Members inspecting the workings of the mail coach
ACT GOVERNMENT GRANT
CMRCI has been given a grant under the “Participation (Digital Communities)” Grant from the ACT Government.
The grant will enable us, as (largely) a group of older ACT residents, to have access to digital hardware & associated software, develop skills in using Digital Command Control for train & device control, and to pass on our new skills to other older members.
THE 2015 WAGGA WAGGA MODEL RAILWAY EXHIBITION.
The exhibition is not one of the biggest in the State, but it is well run and a lot of fun to attend.
Petersville won the “Ladies Choice “prize. We are still a little mystified by this, but put it down to the maturity, charisma and manly presence of the operators – or maybe the fact that we take the trouble to engage the public in conversation and explanations about the layout.