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Upcoming Model Engineering Events


3 March
Tullamarine Live Steam Society Birthday Run - Bulla, Vic.
We have 3½"-5" and 5"-7¼" ground level tracks. Extensive grounds for Traction Engines. Our club is about 8 km from Tullamarine Airport, towards Sunbury. All boilers and certificates inspected. All steam locos MUST have a spark arrestor. All locos and rolling stock must have effective brakes. Wood, char and steam-up oil will be supplied. Bottomless coffee or tea pots, sausage sizzle lunch. To help catering, please RSVP to Wayne Roberts on (03) 9330 6873 or email:

9 - 11 March
Lake Macquarie Live Steam Locomotive Co-Operative Society Annual Birthday Run. NSW
LMLSLS will be hold our annual Birthday Run on Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th of March 2018. All AALS club members are invited to come along and enjoy our 3½", 5" and 7¼" gauge facilities. We will have an endless supply of tea and coffee for visitors, coal, char for locos. Air and 12 DC and kindling available for lighting up. For more info email:

29 March - 2 April
AALS 62nd Annual Convention. WA
Hosted jointly by the South West Model Engineers’ Assoc. (Bunbury) & the Northern Districts Model Engineering Soc. (Balcatta). Location: Forrest Park Railway, Blair Street, Bunbury WA. The Forrest Park Railway has 2½, 3½, 5 and 7¼ inch track. Registration fee: $20 a day for AALS members and $10/day for wives/partners and children 13 and over. Children 12 and under free. Contact general: Tom Winterbourn at or for registrations: David Edmunds at Mail: PO Box 681, Balcatta, WA 6914.

6 - 8 April
Loddon Miniature Steam locomotive Society Inc (Eddington) Open Weekend. Vic.
We are having a 'play weekend' at our facilities. 5" ground level track and an elevated 3½" & 5" track in a rural setting located at Eddington Victoria, Melways Map 621 B10 or Vicroads Country Map 43 F8. Nearest intersection: McCoy and Playfair Streets. Current Boiler certificates required. Camping areas available. Sidings available for rolling stock storage. Tea and coffee available at the club rooms and BBQ's available. Information: Alan Craven 03 5441 1946 or Bill Chapman 03 5472 1106.

7 April
Box Hill Miniature Steam Railway All Comers Day
All are welcome at our 5" and 7¼" track conveniently located at the corner of Elgar and Belmore Roads, Mont Albert North. Lunch supplied but, for catering purposes, please let us know you are coming. Ring the club on (03) 9898 2671 on Wednesday or Saturday 8 am to 3 pm or email . Bring your loco, boiler certificate if steam, and enjoy the company of fellow model engineers between 8 am and 4 pm.

21 April
Invitation Day Mooroolbark & District Miniature Railway & Steam Club. Vic.
Mooroolbark & District Miniature Railway & Steam Club is holding an invitation run day on Saturday the 21st April 2018 at our club located in the Kiloran Park Reserve in Hawthory Road, Kilsyth. Vic . Lunch, morning and afternoon tea provided. Information will be sent to individual clubs during January 2018. Contact: Peter Jones, Hon.Secretary, PO Box 231, Mooroolbark. Vic 3138. Tel: 03 9725 9601 Email:

4 - 6 May
Quirindi Village Miniature Railway - Weekend and Swap Meet. NSW
A warm welcome is extended to all AALS members to attend the QVMR Annual weekend and Rally. Our 1.5 loop of 5" track has plenty of siding space, water points and char will be provided. There is ample room for camping and hot showers available. Continuous tea and coffee provided all weekend and meals are available on the ground. QVMR is located five hours north west of Sydney on the Kamilaroi Highway. Contact; John Maunder, 02 67461711 (nights). Email;

5 - 7 May
7th All Queensland Scale Model Weekend. Qld.
Grandchester M.L.S.A. Invites all owners and builders of Scale Model Queensland Locomotives to come along to the All Queensland Scale Model Weekend to be held at the club grounds. The club has 5" and 7¼" ground level track only, but welcomes all modellers to display their locomotives regardless of size or where they come from. Trophies will be presented for the Best Queensland Model in each Gauge. Please note that Sunday the 6th is a public running day. For more information or to register email the Club Secretary at:

19 - 20 May
Blowfly Rally & Birthday Weekend Run
Mudgee Miniature Railway, NSW The Mudgee Miniature Railway invites everyone to attend the 26th ‘Blowfly Rally & Birthday Weekend Run’ on the 19th & 20th May 2018. While we’re aiming for as many Blowfly locos as possible, all types of locos are welcome whether steam, petrol or electric. Track is 3 ½" & 5" gauge ground level. Camping available on site. For more details & information, contact the secretary - Peter King on 0458 555 929 or email at :

19 - 20 May
SLSV Kindred Run. Vic.
8-30 am until LATE
We feature Garden gauge, 2 ½, O gauge + Gauge 1, Elevated 3 1/2" & 5" and Ground level 5". All Locomotives, rolling stock and Traction engines welcome. Lube oil, coal and char provided. Provision for static models. Boiler Certificate required. Catering - Morning and Afternoon Tea. BBQ Lunch. RSVP for the BBQ Lunch or you may miss out. Location: Rowans Rd. Moorabbin. Enquiries- Josh Whitney 0424 933 306 Peter Zerbe 03 9598 6076

20 May
Gisborne Vintage Machinery Society is celebrating 40 years. Vic.
Big steam in operation when available: Traction Engine, Steam Roller, Portable Engine, Perry Loco. Classic and Vintage Cars, Trucks, Tractors. Visitor exhibitors free, and basic camping facilities are available for exhibitors who wish to camp on Saturday night. Exhibitors who travel some distance often arrive and set up on Saturday afternoon. New exhibitors welcome to attend this rally. Steam park, Webb Crescent, New Gisborne Victoria, Melway 658 D10. Contact or

9 - 11 June
Illawarra Live Steamers 24th Hot Pot Run
The ILS will be holding the annual Hot Pot Run in the ‘Gong on the June long weekend. All AALS members are invited to attend our 3 ½" elevated and 5" gauge ground level track. 3 cans of soup are required per person for entry. Tea, coffee, coal, char, air, 12V DC and kindling will be available. Please Note: All caravans and motor homes must book a place. Accommodation enquiries to John Wilson General enquiries to Greg Szloch

15 - 17 June
Fifth Birthday Run Tamworth. NSW.
Tamworth Miniature Railway is situated in the precinct of Tamworth Botanic Gardens,Piper St. Our Track is 5" and 7.25".We invite all associated Club Members. On site Camping is available. Contact David 0267622375, or Gordon 0428 667 562.

30 June
2018 AALS Interclub Run at Sydney Live Steam Locomotive Society. NSW
With a special invitation to owners of Bolton—E & J Winter designed locomotives! Location: Anthony Rd, West Ryde 8.00am to 6.00pm. 5 inch gauge ground level and a 400m long elevated railway for 2½, 3½ & 5 inch gauge. Boiler certificates required. Locomotives for display are also welcome! The Bolton Scale Models - E&J Winter trade stand will attend. Morning & afternoon tea will be provided. Lunch: Sausage sandwiches, & soft drinks available, or bring a picnic!

31 August - 2 September
Roseworthy Railway Interclub . SA.
The Roseworthy Railway again invites all kindred spirits to enjoy their hospitality over a revised 3-day format at the start of September. 1.2km of 7¼" track to be enjoyed along with the company. Tea and Coffee to be provided on Friday, with a barbecue luncheon on Saturday and Sunday. Running until late, char and steam oil available, boiler certificates a must. Contact C. Mackintosh 0477144677