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SARMA open day

The open day on Sunday 28 April 2019 was a resounding success with many people of all gauges coming through the doors. Strathburn was popular as always and Port Dock & Commercial street had many marveling at the extraordinary level of craftsmanship on the layout. In the main shed the club layout performed well with its biggest test to date and the n gauge teams did well to keep both the modular exhibition layout and the permanent layout running smoothly. The video below has some highlights from the day. SARMA would like to thank those who attended and those club members who gave up their time to assist on the day.

The Adelaide Model Railway Exhibition – 2019

Adelaide model Railway Exhibition, June long weekend 2019

Strathburn was exhibited at the Adelaide Model Railway Exhibition in June 2019. The next AMRE exhibition will be held on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend 2020.

This year Strathburn came in second behind Black River in the Rob Burford Trophy, an award for best layout as judged by peers. You can see photos from the event at the AMRE Facebook page.

More details will be available at the AMRE website www.modelrailwayshow.org.au. We look forward to seeing you there.


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!