The Railway Modellers' Club of Queensland is an Incorporated entity (I.A. 009526) which aims to:
- Promote fellowship among railway modellers by providing a social environment in which people can meet to exchange ideas and information on the craft of railway modelling,
- To assist and guide in methods of building and operating model railway equipment and prototype practices,
- To advance the hobby of railway modelling when and where possible by publications, meetings and other things necessary or incidental to the foregoing purpose,
- Support and promote the aims, practices and standards of the Australian Model Railway Association (AMRA), National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) whilst maintaining a close working relationship with the Southern Cross Model Railway Association (SCMRA).
Informal meetings / gatherings are held from 1:00pm on the second Saturday of each month, exhibitions permitting. These are held in the Clubrooms. Our aim is to have a brief information session from the committee, followed afternoon tea. The gathering is often followed or proceeded by a talk or clinic giving instructions on such modelling topics as weathering, soldering, electrics, scenery methods, track laying, ballasting, etc. which may cover all facets of the hobby, drawing upon the particular knowledge of club members in their area of expertise.
Running Sessions on the N Scale layout are held most Wednesdays and Saturdays from about 9:00am till about 2:00pm.
Running Sessions on the HO Scale layout are held after 12:00 midday till about 2:00pm most Wednesdays and Saturdays and from 9:00am till 1:00pm on Meeting Days.
(As the HO layout is under construction, every Saturday morning, other than meeting days, and every Wednesday morning the HO Layout is unavailable for running.)
Visitors are Welcome ALL Saturdays and Wednesdays from about 9:00am till about 2:00pm.
- Make yourself known to Club Member on arrival, and
- ASK... If you would like information about the club.
Also, from time to time members arrive by themselves or with their friends to run a train, read a book, or conduct modelling activities in the clubrooms.
Clubrooms have been built on a leased parcel of land. This facility is available for use by members and their guests. The building is located in Buckley Park, Terrance Road, Brendale, in the Pine Rivers Shire. The club library, workbench, tools and members facilities are housed in these premises. Tea and Coffee making facilities and cold drinks are available for members and their guests in the clubrooms.
A Management Committee consisting of a President, Vice President, Secretary, a Treasurer, A Show Convener and a few Committee Members governs the club. This committee is elected yearly during the Annual General Meeting.
'The Semaphore' Online
Articles are periodically published to the members only area of this web site, which contain news and information on club activities, prototype news, modelling hints and articles. Submissions in the form of articles, reviews, modelling tips are most welcome.
There is also an online archive a many years worth of the previous monthly PDF version of 'The Semaphore' which available to club members through the members only area.
The club maintains an extensive Library of Magazines, Books and DVDs which are available to club members to browse at the Clubrooms or check out for viewing at home.
Scale/Gauge and Other Activities
The Club caters for all scales and interests and encourages all aspects of railway modelling. Occasionally an outing may be organised so members can spend some time on a club activity. An annual modelling competition is held in conjunction with a Christmas function each December.
There are several different categories of membership available:-
This is the normal adult membership classification. These members have all the usual rights and privileges of membership including the right to vote.
These members have such rights and privileges as may be decided by the Management Committee. They do not have the right to vote.
This membership consists of one Ordinary Member plus other family members, spouse and/or children. The Ordinary Member has all normal membership rights including the right to vote. The remaining Family members have such rights and privileges as decided by the Management Committee except the right to vote.
This category is available to persons who have attained the age of 70 years. Senior members have the same rights as ordinary members.
This classification of membership is available to persons who live at a distance greater than 70 kms from the clubrooms. Country members have the same rights as Ordinary members.
This category of membership is similar to Associate, and allow local people to use the clubroom refreshment facilities.
Application for Membership
Applications for membership can be made on the appropriate form and must be accompanied by the appropriate fee as shown on the application form. A Joining Fee is applicable when applying for membership. The Club's Financial Year operates from 1st July to the 30th June.
Cost of Membership
See the application form (above) for the current annual fees and joining fee.