Welcome to the South Australian Railway Modeller’s Association website.
Progress on the club layouts
Slowly but surely, progress continues on the two club layouts. To the left you can see that the woodwork is complete and track laying has started on the N scale layout. Many of us are interested to see what they have up their sleeve. On the HO scale layout details are beginning to flesh out as more sections are completed. New photos have been added to the galleries.
AMRE was another success over the June long weekend and Strathburn performed well over the three days of the exhibition. Plans are afoot to make some changes so expect to see something different next year. Strathburn will be making appearances at a few different exhibitions this year including Stawell in July and Noarlunga later in the year.
The Adelaide Model Railway Exhibition – 2019
Strathburn was exhibited at the Adelaide Model Railway Exhibition this year. The next exhibition in 2019 will be held on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, 8th, 9th and 10th of June. More details are available at the AMRE website www.modelrailwayshow.org.au. We look forward to seeing you there.
31st SARMA Swap Meet
The 31st SARMA Toy and Model Swap Meet was held on Sunday 18 March 2018 at Windsor Gardens Secondary College Gymnasium. At least 68 tables of goodies were for sale and the turn out was encouraging. Thanks to all the club members who gave up their time to help out on the day. The 32nd Toy and Model Swap Meet will be on 16 September 2018, see the Coming Events page for details.
Currently, SARMA has over 100 members including some interstate. Visitors are welcome to attend our work/modelling nights which are held on every Wednesday evening of the month (from 7pm). Work nights currently involve building our exhibition layout, building various models either from kits or from scratch or a combined club project. Another occasional activity, and one which is expected to increase, is the installation of DCC decoders. Visitors are welcome to attend several meetings to determine whether SARMA is the club for them, before being expected to join.
We hold our monthly General Meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (except December) at 7.30pm. The formal part of the meeting is followed by some sort of activity, frequently a visiting speaker who speaks and shows pictures on a particular topic. Members are invited to bring models pertaining to the speaker’s subject, where appropriate, or simply models in general. The normal attendance is around 40 members but, occasionally, it gets closer to 60.
SARMA has two model railway layouts for exhibiting, the award winning DCC HO Scale Exhibition Layout, ‘Strathburn’, and an N scale modular T-Trak layout, ‘Rails to Morgan Wharf’. A new HO scale clubroom layout has been started and is progressing well.SARMA members also built and operate a layout at Wayville Showgrounds for the Royal Adelaide Show in September; this is the only time that this layout operates.
Social events include a birthday dinner held in May, a Christmas dinner held in November and a mystery event held on the second Wednesday in December in lieu of the General Meeting. See the Social page for more detail of these and other events. Don’t forget to check the Social and Events pages for upcoming functions, exhibitions and events that the club is involved or invited to!
Top banner image, showing our contingent of members who attended the 2014 Sandown exhibition in Victoria, by Maikha Ly