AME May-June 2013 - Issue 168 Coming Events
3 - 5 May
2nd All Queensland Scale Model Weekend - Grandchester Qld.
Grandchester Model Live Steam invites all owners and builders of Scale Model Queensland Locomotives 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 on this weekend. Trophies will be presented for the Best Model in each Gauge.
Gippsland Gathering - Vic.
Members of Gippsland Model Engineering Society are inviting you to participate in our annual gathering at our track off Peterkin Street in Traralgon. GMES has ground level tracks of 7¼", 5" and 3½". Our traditional country standard complimentary Morning Tea and Afternoon Tea will be provided by our ladies. Lunch will consist of a bottomless cup of soup and BBQ snags for those who want lunch on the "run". There will be no fee for lunch but donations will be gratefully accepted. To assist with catering can you please advise numbers by contacting Heather O'Connor on 51696267 or email@example.com by 1 May. All steam locomotives must have a current Boiler Ticket and presented to our Boiler Inspector before lighting up. Please wear your Club name badge and appropriate enclosed footwear.
4 - 5 May
15th Annual Vintage Machinery & Miniature Railway Rally and Swap Meet.
The Quirindi Village Miniature Railway invites all associated 5" gauge clubs to our Annual Rally at the Quirindi Rural Heritage Village, 3kms west of Quirindi on Gunnedah Road. The site has ample room for camping, hot showers and meals available. For more information contact John Maunder 0267461711 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kindred Society Day - SLSV Vic.
The Steam Locomotive Society of Victoria will be holding its Annual "Kindred Society Day" on Saturday 18th May. No particular theme will apply. 5", 3½", Gauge 1 and Gauge0 locos all welcome. Morning and afternoon tea provided and a BBQ Lunch. Lube oil and char provided. Don't forget your boiler certificates. Enquiries to P. Zerbe on 03 9598 6076 or Graham Plaskett on 03 9750 5022.
St George Model Boat Club Regatta
The St George Model Boat Club Inc will be hosting its annual regatta. Located at Scarborough Park, Monterey Sydney. Boat models of various sizes and propulsion (steam, electric, nitro, petrol and sail) will be on display. Other model boat clubs from Sydney will be in attendance. Traders have also been invited. Please wear your club name badge.
Full details of the regatta can be found on the club's website www.stgmbc.org.au
18 - 19 May
Blowfly Rally & Birthday Weekend Run Mudgee Miniature Railway
The Mudgee Miniature Railway invites all 'Blowfly' owners & builders, model engineers and interested people to come to Mudgee on the 18th & 19th May 2013 for the 21st annual 'Blowfly Rally & Birthday Weekend' run. While we are aiming for as many Blowfly locos as possible, we are combining it with our birthday run so anyone who wishes to run any other type of locomotive, whether steam, petrol or electric as well as traction engines etc., are more than welcome. There is plenty of room for anyone who wishes to camp on site (there is no power). Track address is 530 Ulan Rd, Mudgee. For further details and information please contact the Secretary - Peter King on ( 02 ) 63733626. email : email@example.com - or write to P.O. Box 373, Mudgee NSW 2850.
Gisborne Vintage Machinery Rally - Vic.
Is to be held at the Gisborne steam park. This includes tractor pull, vintage engines & vehicles plus steam engines, miniature train rides and many other displays. See http://www.netneeds.com.au/gisbornevintage/index.htm for more info.
8 - 10 June
Hot Pot Run - Wollongong, NSW
Illawarra Live Steamers will be holding their 19th Annual Hot Pot Run over the June long weekend. Enjoy a wintery weekend of hot steamy soup, fresh bread rolls with an abundance of rolling stock and locomotives thrown in. Our entry fee is a donation of three cans of soup per person for the weekend. Night running permitted. Areas have been set aside for Camping and Caravans from Friday (7th). The owners of Trade Stands will again be invited to participate. For further information contact Warwick Aston on (02) 9520 8186, email firstname.lastname@example.org or look us up on www.ils.org.au
Interclub Run - Altona Miniature Railway, VIC
From 9am till late (including night running). Given that it is the day before our monthly running day, anyone interested in staying over would be more than welcome to stay and continue running or hauling passengers at our Public day on the Sunday.
AMR caters for 5" and 7¼" on its 1½ km ground level railway. We support both gauges using moveable frog points to ensure 100% wheel to rail connection for both gauges interdependent of flange thickness. Morning and Afternoon Tea and BBQ lunch (for a nominal charge) will be provided as well as the usual bottomless Tea and Coffee. Traction engines are most welcome and will have a good run. Inquiries to email@example.com, Adrian on 0419 584 817 or at our website @ http://www.altonaminiaturerailway.com.au
29 - 30 June 2013
All Comers Day - Bathurst NSW
The Bathurst Miniature Railway Society Inc. will be holding an all comers mini meet at the club track. The weekend is not a public running day and will be open for anyone that would like to attend. Morning and afternoon teas will be served on both days. The track is 3½ and 5 inch ground level. There is very limited space in the centre track for camping on the grounds, so if you wish to camp for the Saturday night contact the club on the web site or ring to confirm that you will require space to camp. The steam up facilities have all that is required (char, oil, etc.) with the off loading facilities situated in the car park off Durham Street. Contact on (02) 6331 3798, or check the web site for availability of space. www.bmrs.asn.au
6 - 7 July
10th Bendigo ME Exhibition - Vic.
At the Kangaroo Flat Leisure Centre, Browning St. Kangaroo Flat. Saturday 9am-5pm Sunday 9am to 4pm. See the ad on page 21 for more details.
13 - 14 July
SSME JULYFEST NSW.
Members of the Sydney Society of Model Engineers invites you to their 5th annual Julyfest. See the ad on page 67 for more info.
3 - 4 August
15th Anniversary Run - Grandchester Qld.
The Members of the Grandchester Model Live Steam Association in Queensland invites all Model Engineers and Steam Enthusiasts to join us for the first weekend in August 2013 to celebrate 15 years of running at the club Grounds - Camping available on site. For more information contact President Dudley on 07 54641814 or Secretary Peter on 07 54637116 (evenings only) or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
8 - 11 August
QSMEE's Annual Track and Tent Run - Warner, Qld
QSMEE invites fellow model engineers to join us for our 11th Annual Track and Tent run. Owing to popular demand, the event has been upsized to 4 days of running miniature trains. Our site caters for 2½, 3½, 5 and 7¼ inch gauge. We will be open exclusively for model engineers on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sunday is our monthly running day and other invited guests will be in attendance. Camp on site or stay at a local motel. See our website for more details. There are some restrictions on locomotives. More detailed information (including Registration Forms) will be available from your club secretary or visit our website (www.tracksandtrains.com/qsmee). Enquiries to Hugh Elsol on (07) 38495573, Wayne Sue Tin on (07) 32643496 or Noel Eberhardt on 0412 118 859.
20 - 22 September
Canberra Invitation Run
The members of the Canberra Society of Model and Experimental Engineers invite you to their Annual Invitation Run to be held at the Kingston Miniature Railway on 20, 21 & 22 September. The Kingston site caters for 3 ½" and 5" locomotives on the raised level track and 5" and 7¼"locos on the ground level track. Your current boiler certificate is essential and all AALS rules will apply. Friday evening there will be a welcome BBQ and railway type accommodation is available. All enquiries please contact Greg Peters 0412 179899 or email email@example.com.
Bluescope Westernport All Comers day
To be held at our club rooms BlueScope Steel recreation reserve Hastings. Melways ref map 155. A.1. We are a 5" gauge track system, char, air and 12 volt power provided. Petrol and electric power locomotives are welcome. Lunch plus evening meal provided and endless tea and coffee all day. Running to commence at 10 am until late or even Sunday morning. To help catering please contact Neil Warren email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
5 - 7 October
Annual steam up at Port Augusta, SA
To be held at Homestead Park. Anybody wishing to attend can contact us on either 0886423858 or 0886424246 for details hope to see you here.
All Comers Day - Wandong Live Steamers
Wandong Live Steamers invite all associated clubs to participate in our Bi-Annual 'All Comers day' with a night run to finish the day. The track is 5" gauge only and is located at The Dene, Wandong. Melways Map 51-L10. Directions to the track will be sign posted from Wandong. Boiler Certificates required and if running at night appropriate lights are required. Lunch consisting of soup and sandwiches and dessert will be available at a minimal cost. Coffee and tea will be available all day. To assist with catering please advise if you are attending. For further information contact Carol Jenkinson on 03 9714 8634 or email email@example.com
11 - 13 October
Castledare 50th Birthday run, WA
Approximately 5km 7¼" gauge and 500m dual gauge track. Coal, fuel and oils supplied. Road Vehicles and Model Engineering displays welcome. Tea and coffee all weekend, Catered Lunch on Sunday. Night running Saturday night, NO Public running on these three days however for those holding current AALS certifications and who wish to participate, the CMR public open days are Sunday 6th October and Sunday 20th October. Spark arrestors and secure ash pans are a must.
19 - 20 October
25th Australian Miniature Traction Engine & Road Steam Rally.
Lake Macquarie Live Steam Locomotive Society will be hosting the 25th miniature traction engine and road steam rally. This is quite a milestone for this event. Please join us to help make this event special. The registration form will be available for downloading on the AME web site. The rally will have novelty events, breakfast Saturday and Sunday, free camping, and welcome meal Friday night, dinner Saturday night. See ad on page 63.
26 - 27 October
Diamond Valley Railway Steam Gala - Vic.
This year the DVR has combined our Steam Gala and Annual Birthday Invitation Run into one massive weekend! Saturday is a Play day with all members of the hobby welcome and running until late. Sunday is public running with visitors most welcome to stay and assist if they wish. Visiting engines are most welcome with fuel and char available. Visiting steam engines must have a Current Boiler Certificate. For more details please contact Sam Daly on 0402 836 450 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Small Gauge Day, NSW
Is to be held once again at the grounds of the Sydney Live Steam Locomotive Society. More info will be available closer to the date. In the meantime put this date in your calendar and get your small gauge locomotives ready!
9 - 10 November
10th Sand Groper's weekend and 4th WA Miniature Traction Engine Rally
South West Model Engineers (WA) invite all model engineers to attend this great weekend at Forrest Park Miniature Railway in Bunbury. The park is a great venue for traction engines. The railway is ground level 5" and 7¼" also an elevated 2½, 3½, 5" gauge track. Normal AALS rules apply. Registration includes tea/coffee all day plus morning/afternoon tea. Evening meal at cost. Contact Ian Morrison (08) 9725 2206 or Jeff Clifton (08) 9725 1994.
2 - 6 January
CANMOD 2014 - Christchurch NZ
CANMOD 14 IS ON.
Come across to Christchurch, NZ for the next MEANZ Biennial Convention hosted by the Canterbury Society of Model & Experimental Engineers. Dates: 2nd -6th January 2014.
Christchurch is in good shape. We are a bit light on for Art Galleries, Town Halls and Cathedrals but the city is on the rebound and the construction of impressive new buildings is underway.
CSMEE has never been busier. We deal with up to 1000 train rides every fine Sunday afternoon. Our new Clubroom is about to open and we are looking forward to a very successful convention.
Check our website: csmee.org.nz for details and updates or contact CSMEE Secretary?PO Box 37 307 Halswell. Christchurch 8245.
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