ANNUAL EXHIBITION – 2018 will be the 30th exhibition presented by CMRCI. The dates for this event are the 24th and 25th March 2018. Further details will be posted on this website as events develop.
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.
VISIT TO PEGASUS
As part of CMRCI’s Community Outreach Program the Club took Smith’s Crossing to the Riding for the Disabled ACT (Inc.) facility (also known as Pegasus) for their annual Open Day on Saturday 6th May. Pegasus “exists to provide horse facilitated programs and activities aimed at developing abilities for persons with a disability.” (From their Annual Report for 2015/16)
The Day was well supported by the public and the layout had a busy day.
ACT GOVERNMENT GRANT
CMRCI has been given a grant by the ACT Government under the “ACT Participation (Veterans and Seniors) Grant Scheme.
The grant will enable us, as (largely) a group of older ACT residents, to design and build a display railway model layout that can be transported to community events and aged care facilities. Two objectives will be realised – club members will develop and use skills in the design and construction activity, and when finished, the layout will allow club members to interact with the community, particularly younger members of the public when it is displayed.
This project and the UC Canberra High School Mentoring Project are the two current activities occupying members’ time and efforts.
MENTORING PROGRAM HAS A SUCCESSFUL QUEANBEYAN SHOW EXHIBITION
The “Queanbeyan” layout built by the UCHS (Kaleen) Mentoring Group students had its first “away from home” exhibition on the weekend of 12th and 13th November when it was exhibited at the 2016 Queanbeyan Show.
The layout was never meant to be taken from the school to be exhibited, so there were a few challenges, and a few “the next layout we build will be designed to be taken apart & transported more easily” statements, but we got there.
Set-up in a room under the grandstand took place on the Friday, with running taking place on both the Saturday & the Sunday. The activity was well supported by students in the mentoring group and the viewing public was impressed by the professional and competent way that the students operated the trains.
THE WAGGA WAGGA MODEL RAILWAY & HOBBY EXHIBITION – 5-6 November 2016
The CMCRI “Petersville” layout in action at the Wagga exhibition
The Wagga exhibition this year was a well-rounded show with lots to offer. As well as 19 layouts, there were a good number of traders, 4 clinics and excellent displays of model ships. A display of wooden locomotives and Meccano items, plus an outdoor display of railway trikes (i.e. track maintenance vehicles) completed the major items.
CMRCI AT THE EVATT PUBLIC SCHOOL FETE
As part of the CMRCI’s Community Outreach Program, the Club took the Children’s U-Drive layout to the Evatt Public School Fete. The Fete was well organised with strong attendance from the public. Deteriorating weather in the late afternoon dampened things somewhat but Smith’s Crossing got plenty of action all day as we were ensconced in a convenient classroom just off the main square.