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Upcoming Model Engineering Events


5 - 6 May

GMES invites you to our 40th Birthday Celebration weekend in Traralgon on Saturday 5th to Sunday 6th May 2018. Open for public running on the Sunday with catering provided. GMES has ground level 7 1/4" and 5" gauge track. Please RSVP to the Secretary on or 0457 317 655 by the 27th April. Boiler tickets must be presented to our Boiler Inspector prior to light up. Char and coal will be provided. No facilities to unload double decker trailers.

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 1.5km 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:

18 - 20 May
Southern Highlands Steamup Mittagong NSW

A weekend of live steam action on the Rails in the Garden layout suitable for 32mm and 45mm gauge main line, narrow gauge and vintage steamers. There will be local 32mm & 45mm gauge garden railways open on the Friday for attendees of the weekend steamup. The 2018 steamup will be held at a new venue in Mittagong. Optional Saturday evening dinner. Details can be found at or on request to PO Box 1072 Mittagong NSW 2575

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, 2½, O gauge + Gauge 1, Elevated 3½" & 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

27 May
Galston 500, NSW

Hornsby Model Engineers invite you to a fundraiser for MS Research, helping the Kiss Goodbye to MS campaign. The plan is to have 24 x 5" gauge locomotive teams, from clubs around NSW, complete a combined total of 500 laps of the Galston Valley Railway. Contact Allie via or visit for details.

9 - 11 June
Illawarra Live Steamers 24th Hot Pot Run. NSW

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 3½" 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 E and J Winter - Bolton Scale Models designed locomotives! Location: Anthony Rd, West Ryde 8.00am to 6.00pm. 5" gauge ground level and a 400m long elevated railway for 2½, 3½ & 5" gauge. Boiler certificates required. Locomotives for display are also welcome! The E and J Winter - Bolton Scale Models trade stand will attend. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided. Lunch: Sausage sandwiches and soft drinks available, or bring a picnic!

13 - 15 July
Julyfest at SSME Luddenham. NSW

The members of The Sydney Society of Model Engineers invite all fellow modellers to our annual Julyfest. We will be open from Friday to Sunday. There is 2 ½ ,3½ and 5" elevated track and 5" and 7¼" ground level. All road vehicles are welcome. There is plenty of camping area available (non powered) 869 Luddenham Rd Luddenham 2745. For further info see

4 - 5 August
20th Anniversary - Grandchester Qld.

Grandchester Model Live Steam invites all fellow enthusiasts to join us in celebrating 20 years of running at the club grounds. For more information or to register email the Club Secretary at -

9 - 12 August
QSMEE’s Track and Tent Run - Warner, Qld

QSMEE invites fellow AALS affiliated model engineers to our 16th Annual Track and Tent run. We’ll run exclusively for model engineers on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Other invited guests will join us on Sunday. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners can be ordered when you register. Complementary morning and afternoon tea will be provided. Limited, non-powered sites for caravan, motor home or tent are available. For bookings and enquiries please visit or call Garry Menzies on 07 3378-7852 or 04-31034632.

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

1 September
Box Hill Miniature Steam Railway 5" Invitation Day

All interested in 5" gauge are welcome at our 1.2km track at the corner of Elgar and Belmore Roads, Mont Albert North. The club will be open from 8 am onwards. Lunch provided. For catering purposes, please indicate your intention to attend by ringing the club on (03) 9898 2671 on Wednesday or Saturday 8 am to 3 pm or emailing .

15 - 16 September
Altona Interclub All Comers Day, Vic.

Altona Miniature Railway invite all affiliated AALS members and friends to our All Comers Day. The usual conditions apply. Our public open day on the 16th for those who want to make a weekend out of it.

20 - 21 October
30th Australian Miniature Traction Engine and Road Steam Rally, NSW.

This year the event will be hosted by the Cobdogla Steam Friends Society Inc. at the Cobdogla Irrigation & Steam Museum. Address: 3 Trussell Tce. Cobdogla, South Australia. Coordinates: 34.2464878 140.3992413 Contact Denis Wasley: The museum features the unique Humphrey Pump, a two-Foot gauge railway, two Fowler Traction engines (a Z7 Ploughing engine, and Australia’s only Crane traction engine,) vintage tractors plus lots more! Accommodation nearby. A full description will be sent to those on the Rally List.

26 - 28 October
DVR’s annual birthday celebration!

Fun running with no public on the Friday and Saturday including late night running on the Saturday. Public Running on the Sunday with suitable visiting locos welcome to assist. All members of the hobby welcome every day.Visting 7¼" gauge locos encouraged. Lunch available both days and Dinner available on the Saturday. Contact for full details.

3 - 4 November
SLSLS Small Gauge Day. West Ryde NSW

Saturday and Sunday 8.00am to 6.00pm. Please NO 5 inch gauge locomotives this weekend. Our 400m long elevated railway caters for 2½, 3½ (and 5 inch) gauges. The elevated track is fitted with operating stub points permitting the access of trains to and from the loco depot or sidings without removal of the footboards. Please bring your current boiler certificates. Access to the grounds via Park Avenue, West Ryde.