South Australian Railway Modellers Association

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31st SARMA Swap Meet

The 31st SARMA Toy and Model Swap Meet will be held on Sunday 18 March 2018 at Windsor Gardens Secondary College Gymnasium (Cnr Danby and McKay Avenues). Doors will be open from 10am til 1pm.

Admission is $4.00 (inc GST) and accompanied children under 12 are free. As well as the stalls there will be a sausage sizzle and cold drinks available.

Winter Olympics have arrived at the SARMA sheds

A curious site met the eyes of modellers in the last weeks when some obviously very lost skiers were found to be enjoying the white powdery slopes of the SARMA clubroom layout. How they got here we’re not sure, but it could explain the lack of medals at this year’s event!

New photos in the Galleries

New photos have been added to the gallery pages including a new folder for the HO scale layout under construction at the club rooms. See all the photos from the Photo Galleries page

Something new on the way?

Saw dust flew and screws were tightened as a new layout began construction. But what is it going to become? Could there be an N gauge layout on the way?

This layout would compliment the popular Rails to Morgan exhibition layout that was on show during the recent N Scale convention. Photos of the layout are in the Galleries


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