Thursday, July 19, 2012


Well same Bat time same Bat channel.
The New England Model Railway Club will be holding another convention at Armidale this year on the 17th and 18th November. Following up on the success of the their last one held in 2010.
The venue is the same the Local Bowling club located in the centre of town where all the lectures,clinics,trade stands and display of modelling will be held along with the banquet dinner on Saturday night.
Plenty of accommodation is available within an easy walking distance from the club.Handy for those who like to wipe themselves out at the bar and then pour themselves into bed !
A tour of local members layouts will also be run.

Presentations will be the following

John Brown          Kitbashing Pratt Truss Bridges.

Ian Dunn               Researching the Prototype

Geoff Nott            The Australian Landscape

Gerry Hopkins      Servos for Signal and Point Operation

Ian Dunn               Painting Steam Locos

Laurie Green         Start to Finish

Laurie Green         Small Layout Design

Grant McAdam     Structure Modelling

Keiran Ryan          NSW Wheat Silos ( I would never of guessed ) you really need to move on Keiran.!

Stephen Ottaway    NSW Railway Stockyards

These presenter will also be on hand throughout the day in Side Show Alley for more one on one info

With additional presenters providing modelling clinics

Len Derkin            Whitmetal and Brass kit construction
                             Turnout construction using Fastracks Jigs

Rhett Herbert        Kit building and Detailing

Peter Boorman      Soldering Brass and White metal Kits

Rohan Fergusson   Military Modelling and Rail Transporting of Army loads
                             (This one sounds interesting I think I will go to it )
                             ALONG .

Geoff Nott and Micheal Flack will also have on display their layout  Smugglers Cove.

If you have some interesting models bring them along tables will be set to display them.

As you can see its a great line up of quality and experienced modellers.And in a very good location both for venue and accommodation .And a great chance to catch up with everyone in a relaxed environment.This is fast becoming the convention of choice for many modellers.
Armidale can be reached by train from Sydney. Air from Sydney and Brisbane . Or car , approx 6 hrs from Sydney or 5 hrs from Brisbane on the New England Hwy..Another idea would be Train ,Plane or Car to Coffs Harbour and then car to Dorrigo to check out the Museum and then on to Armidale .
This weekend will be a modellers delight.Or if you hate Trains and Modelling probably the worst weekend of your life.

For more info and to register go to the NMRA website
Register early to avoided disappointment.
Plus they need to know how many cups of water to put in the soup.