TRAINS, TRAINS, TRAINS ALL WEEKEND …

MODEL TRAIN SHOW at our Clubhouse NEXT WEEKEND July 11 and 12.

The All Gauge Model Railway Club is holding our Annual Train Show this year, on Saturday and Sunday July 11th and 12th, at the Clubhouse.

As always, the Show is for Adult Modellers … and this year will also be of special interest for parents and grandparents with young children who know and love “Thomas the Tank Engine”.

Our Clubhouse is a two-storey building and over the weekend will also have layouts of interest to adult modellers throughout, with members running trains and answering questions.

The clubhouse is the biggest in Queensland and the adult-member setups are over the entire top floor and much of the ground floor, a total of more than 250 sq metres.

Senior and Junior club members are rostered both days to run their passenger and freight train models of Australian, English, European and Japanese trains.

They include some of the world’s fastest: the I.C.E. in Germany; the Eurostar from St Pancras to Paris; The Javelin from London to Kent; the latest diesel versions of The Flying Scotsman from King’s Cross to Edinburgh.

Central Australia’s finest, The Ghan is not fast but is amongst the world’s most popular with tourists. A model will be running at the show.

Downstairs this year a big Feature Layout has “Thomas the Tank Engine”and all his friends on a stage. There will be over 30 Thomas Train Sets running up, down and all around .. at the same time .. all day.

It’s large, exciting, colourful, quite spectacular, and never seen this big before in Queensland.

In addition there will be another, separate Thomas layout for kids to operate and drive Thomas locos.

Hot and cold food and drink will be available all weekend with a breakfast “Sizzle” starting at 9am on both days. Don’t eat at home, join the club members.

The All Gauge Model Railway Clubhouse is in Zahel Street, Carina, behind the swimming pool car park at the Adelaide Street end of Zahel Street.

Admission: Families (parents or grandparents and children) only $10. Adults $5. Aged Pension Card holders $4. Children $2.

Train Models, Magazines, Paraphernalia …

Our next Table Sale is … SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 20th

Non-member buyers, sellers and the curious welcome.

Rent a table for $20, half table $10.

Phone Ron Parker (0420597460) to book your table.

Sellers should arrive at 10am.

Buyers admitted FREE at 11am.

Don’t eat at home … join us for our Breakfast Sizzle from 10am.

ALL GAUGE MODEL RAILWAY CLUB, ZAHEL STREET, CARINA.

Part of the Clem Jones Sports Centre.

Our two-storey clubhouse is in the swimming pool car park at the Adelaide Street end of Zahel Street.

MODEL TRAIN SHOW AT CLUBHOUSE JULY 11 and 12 …

The All Gauge Model Railway Club is holding our Annual Train Show this year on Saturday and Sunday July 11th and 12th at the Clubhouse.

As always, This year’s Show is for Adult Modellers … and this year will also be of special interest for parents and grandparents with young children who know and love “Thomas the Tank Engine”.

This year our big Feature Layout has Thomas and all his friends on a stage. There will be over 30 Thomas Train Sets running up, down and all around .. at the same time .. all day. It’s large, exciting, colourful, quite spectacular, and never seen this big before in Queensland.

The All Gauge Model Train clubhouse is a two storey building and, on the day, we will also have layouts of interest to adult modellers throughout, with members running trains and answering questions all weekend.

In addition there will be another “Thomas” train set layout for kids to operate and drive “Thomas” locos.

A breakfast “Sizzle” starts at 9am on both days. Don’t eat at home, join the club members.

The All Gauge Model Railway Clubhouse is in Zahel Street, Carina, Brisbane in the swimming pool car park at the Adelaide Street end of Zahel Street.

Admission: Families (parents or grandparents and children) only $10. Adults $5. Aged Pension Card holders $4. Children $2.

Our next Table Sale is … THIS SUNDAY JUNE 28th

Rent a table for $20, half table $10. Phone Ron Parker (0420597460) to book your table. Sellers should arrive at 10am. Buyers admitted FREE at 11am. Don’t eat at home … join us for our Breakfast Sizzle from 10am. ALL GAUGE MODEL RAILWAY CLUB, ZAHEL STREET, CARINA. Part of the Clem Jones Sports Centre. In the swimming pool car park at the Adelaide Street end of Zahel Street. Non-member buyers, sellers and the curious welcome. TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

New lighting throughout the clubhouse completed

Replacement of all the light units Upstairs was completed last week.

Some units had not been working, others had only a single tube, or none. Some would no longer safely hold their tubes.

All the upstairs light units are new doubles with new tubes.

The lighting upstairs is now brighter making the layouts easier to see and also making the environment safer, in support of the new Emergency Exit upstairs, as a building inspection had recommended.

Importantly, the upstairs lighting Automatic Trigger Unit (which has not worked for some time) was also replaced so that, in the event of an emergency such as a blackout, a light automatically comes on near the Emergency Exit upstairs, near the internal stairs down.

A green light unit was also installed over the upstairs Emergency Exit so that exit can be found in the dark. This also remains on in a lighting power failure.

Downstairs every light tube, including in the toilet and over the kitchen, was replaced with new tubes.

A green light was also installed over the existing downstairs Emergency Exit and it, and the downstairs Auto Trigger Unit, operate in a blackout the same as upstairs. All these Emergency Units have new built-in support batteries.

Now, in a total blackout in the clubhouse, the internal stairs have lights top and bottom, and the Emergency Exits green signs remain on.

Of course these all operate in a suburban or Brisbane blackout also.

As Glen Brown, the club Safety officer often reminds us at Members Meetings, all members and visitors must sign-in on arrival at the clubhouse so that we have a record of those present in the unlikely event of an evacuation.

You are reminded that the gathering area in an emergency situation is in the swimming pool car park outside near the rear exit.

Members now run trains four days a week

Our members come to the clubhouse with their trains on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9am to 1pm and Fridays from 7pm to 9pm.

Potential new members and the curious are always welcome.
The club motto is … Our tracks, your trains.
TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

Recent work on the HO/OO layout upstairs

The All Gauge Model Railway Club Inc has introduced two initiatives to improve the enjoyment of running your trains at your club. Firstly, Amp meters have been installed on the Inner and Outer lines of the HO/OO layout upstairs for members to keep track of the amperage their locos draw. This will allow you to make sure your locos draw less than 2 Amps on each controller as this is the maximum the controllers can deliver without causing overheating and damage to the controller units – such as happened recently when one had to be replaced and sent to be repaired. Single locos should draw between 200 to 350 milliamps with normal running while some Athern models may draw significantly more. Some members have run large double-headed 6 wheel bogie pickup/drive diesels, and maybe another train at the same time on the same line. This is only OK if the total amperage drawn is less than 2 Amps. The meters are scaled as 5 Amp meters where each amp scales in 10 indications to the amp. Therefore, each one 10th of an amp is 100 milliamps as there are 1000 milliamps to the single amp. So the average unit should indicate around 3 & one half on the scale when running “imperial” as indicated on the controllers. If you run the opposite way, as in the “USA” and wherever else they run on the right side of a pair of rails, the meters will register a negative reading. This is not an issue for the meter but if you think you might be overloading the controller, reverse your loco slowly and you should get a positive reading which will represent 80/90% of the negative reading which is occurring with normal running in a “USA” situation. The Watts your unit is using may come up. This is the power (EMF) your unit/s are using and this is calculated simply as Voltage times Amperage = Watts. So, if you are drawing 350 milliamps and the controller is on 10 Volts, you are using 3.5 Watts to drive your unit/s. Not all members are on the Google email system and every member won’t see this notice so please make this a topic of conversation at the club and upstairs while running your trains. Secondly, three of the electric points in the Engine Yard have been brought back to life. It is now possible to run your trains through the Engine Yard’s reverse polarity loop more easily by using the now-electrified points. It is no longer necessary to walk around the yard, to hand-change the points near the time board.

More photos on the website

Dennis Remmer, creator of the AGMRC website, has just added 30 more layout photos to the club site. They were all taken by AGMRC N-Gauge member, Daphne Huang. Click the menu above on “Gallery > General Club Photos” to see her latest.

Daphne currently runs trains upstairs on the N scale layout … and will also have the opportunity to do so, along with other members, on the new N scale takeaway layout that Nick Sayer and John Cantrell are currently building downstairs.

Club Honoured by Patron in its 40th Year

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At the recent AGM (held 13th March 2015 – our 40th!) our club was honoured by its patron Ryan Murphy, Councillor for Doboy Ward, Brisbane City Council. AGMRC Club President Ron Parker was presented with the official Brisbane City Flag. On behalf of all Members, thank you to Councillor Murphy, and here’s to another 40 great years!

Brunel’s Britain: Kingdom come, from east to west …

Hi All,
This article was in the travel section of the U.K’s “The Independent” Newspaper last year.
I hope you can open, read and enjoy it.
Either click below or copy and paste it in to your menu address.
Ron Parker.

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/uk/brunels-britain-kingdom-come-from-east-to-west-9910104.html