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Upcoming Model Engineering Events


3 - 5 May
Quirindi Village Miniature Railway Rally and Swap meet, NSW

Quirindi Village Miniature Railway invite you to their annual Rally and Swap meet. A warm welcome is extended to all AALS members to attend the QVMR weekend and Rally. Our 1.5km loop of 5" track has plenty of siding space, water points and char are provided. On site camping and all-day tea and coffee. Meals available on the ground. QVMR is located 5 hours north west of Sydney on the Kamilaroi Highway. Contact; John Maunder, 02 67461711, nights. Email;

4 - 6 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. Trophies will be presented for the Best Queensland Model in each Gauge. Please note that Sunday the 5th is public running. For more information or to register email the Club Secretary at -

18 - 19 May
South Western Model Engineers, Cobden. Vic. 25th Birthday Celebration

3½" & 5" Elevated track. 5’’ & 7¼’’ Ground level. Bottomless tea, coffee, morning and afternoon teas for crews and drivers. Light lunch provided on Saturday. Saturday night tea (Catered by a local group. Fees apply) at the park with the opportunity to continue with night running. Sunday: Public Running - if you wish. Canteen available Sunday lunch. A.A.L.S. rules apply. Current Boiler Certificate to be produced.?OK for Friday early birds. ?Traction engines welcome.?RSVP 12 May for catering purposes and dietary requirements to The Secretary Sharron Howard (phone 0400 514 270)(email

18 - 19 May
Blowfly Rally & Birthday Weekend Run
Mudgee Miniature Railway, NSW

The Mudgee Miniature Railway invites everyone to attend the 27th ‘Blowfly Rally & Birthday Weekend Run’ on 18 and 19 May. While we’re aiming for as many Blowfly locos as possible, all types of locos are welcome whether steam, petrol or electric. Track is 3½" & 5" gauge ground level. Camping available on site. Book accommodation early, another major event in town that weekend. Contact the secretary - Peter King on 0458 555 929 or email :

18 - 19 May
SLSV Kindred Run, Vic.

Small Gauge Revival Weekend, 8.30am to 6.00pm. 2½ O gauge + Gauge 1, Elevated 3½" and 5" and Ground level 5". All Locomotives and rolling stock welcome. Traction engines and Rollers welcome. Bring your Boiler Certificate. BBQ Lunch provided both days. Dinner on Saturday $10. Gold coin for lunch; Morning and afternoon tea. Rowans Rd. Moorabbin. RSVP BBQ Lunch or you may miss out. Enquiries:- Josh Whitney 0424 933 306, Peter Zerbe 03 9598 6076

8 - 10 June
25th Hot Pot Run - Wollongong NSW

Illawarra Live Steamers invite you to enjoy our 25th Hot Pot Anniversary wintery weekend of hot steamy soup, fresh bread rolls with an abundance of rolling stock and locomotives thrown in. Entry fee donation of three (3) cans of soup per person for the weekend. Camping and registered Caravans entry from Friday (7th). Trade Stands are invited. Contact Rob Robertson on 0429 846 644, email at Caravan booking: John Wilson 0419 493 010 - Look us up at

14 - 16 June,
Sixth Birthday Run Tamworth, NSW

Tamworth Miniature Railway is situated in the precinct of the 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 02 67622375,, or Les 0430 231 946.

7 July
QSMEE Exhibition & Trophy Day.

All modellers are invited to the QSMEE Track at Warner to display their finished or unfinished models of any type. Tables and marquees will be provided. A written or printed card explaining the model should be provided. All exhibitors will be provided with a free sausage sizzle lunch and a free tea and coffee will be available. Trophies will be awarded to club members and cash vouches to visitors. A Car Boot sale will also be conducted. Phone Gary Menzies on 3378 7852 or 0431 034 632.

12 - 14 July
Julyfest at the Sydney society of model engineers.

SSME will be holding our 10th annual Julyfest run. All gauges are catered for from 45mm to 7¼. There are 2½ ,3½ and 5in elevated tracks with 5in and 7¼ in ground level and plenty of land to run road vehicles as well. Lunch Saturday will be available. We will not be doing an evening meal this year but facilities are available.

3 - 4 August
Grandchester 21st Birthday run, Qld

Grandchester M.L.S.A Invites all owners and builders of Scale Model Locomotives to come along to our Birthday run to be held at the club grounds. Trophies will be presented for the best locomotive models in both gauges. The club has 5’"and 7¼" gauge ground level only track. Please note that Sunday 4 August is our normal public running day.For more information or to register e-mail the club secretary at

8 - 11 August
QSMEE Track & Tent Invitation Run.

This year public invitations have not been issued for Sunday the 11 August so T & T can run from Thursday the 8th to Sunday the 11th August. The GATES WILL NOT BE OPEN BEFORE THURSDAY 8 August. All gauges are catered for. Coal, char and kindling will be available as well as 12volts and compressed air for blowers. Limited camping will be available with height constraints under the bridge, 2m being the limit for camper trailers. Registration forms will be available from the secretary Chris Hillyard on 0422 356 661 or Noel Eberhardt 0412 118 859.

7 September
Wandong Live Steamers bi-annual "All Comers Day" Vic.

The club is a 5" ground level track in a rural setting. Gates will be open at 9 am on Friday 6 September and close at 4pm Sunday 8 September. No meals will be provided but BBQ facilities will be available. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided. Note: Char available, but there is no on-site power, or compressed air therefore you will need to provide own battery powered blower. Boiler certificates and enclosed ash pans are required. For further information; Peter Jenkinson on mobile 0409191614 or email:

14 September
Altona Miniature Railway Annual Interclub Run. Vic

You are invited to participate in our annual Interclub run. All 5", 7¼" and road equipment welcome. As always boiler certificates required. Coal available. Bottomless tea and coffee as always, lunch a gold coin donation and enjoy the friendship of the hobby.

12 - 13 October,
Bluescope Steel Western Port Railway Soc.All comers Weekend Vic.

Commencing 0830 Saturday(with night running) till late Sunday. Tea and coffee available both days. Saturday lunch at $10 per head. Char, water, air and 12-volt power in the steam up bays. Petrol is also available. Limited camping is available from Friday to Monday or by arrangement by notifying Nigel Alexander on (03)59793780. Situated on the Bluescope recreation reserve Denhams Road Hastings Vic 3915. Melways map ref 155 A2. Contact Nigel Alexander, e-mail:

2 - 3 November
Small Gauge Festival - SLSLS, West Ryde NSW<
br> 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.