News Archive

Vale Barry Williams ….

Posted on September 23, 2016

As those of you who were present at our Members Bi-monthly Meeting last Saturday will know, we received a phone call during the meeting advising us that long-time member Barry Williams had passed away on August 14.

There had been no funeral service.

All of us who come to our club Table Model Train Sales will have their memory of him there in his wheel chair, selling his N scale items. He always did me the courtesy of phoning me to make sure I kept his table for him, a couple of weeks before each sale.

He phoned me several weeks ago to say he was in hospital and not to keep his table for the present. I phoned his daughter twice more after that, asking about him and she said he was still in hospital and they didn’t expect him to come home.

Maybe those of us who knew Barry should sit and think of him for one silent minute after reading this. Jeff Wilde has sent a card from all of us in the club to the few remaining members of his family.

Did You See Our Newspaper Story?

Posted on June 18, 2016

Earlier this year The Courier Mail and Quest Newspapers website featured a story and photos on us and our layouts.

To read the article just click this line.

New lighting throughout the clubhouse completed

Posted on June 15, 2015

Replacement of all the light units Upstairs was recently completed.

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.

Recent work on the HO/OO layout upstairs

Posted on April 12, 2015

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.

Vale Club Life Member, Joe Parnis

Posted on April 2, 2015

A large group of All Gauge members and associates were part of more than 150 family and friends who attended a colourful, lovely Ceremony to mark the passing of one of our Life Members, Joe Parnis this week.
It was a sad event of course but there were also some bright and happy moments in the Eulogy delivered by one of his long-term friends, Geoff Horne.
And they were typical of many humorous day-to-day things members will always remember about Joe from times sitting around the table at morning tea at the club house and standing beside him upstairs running trains, over the years.

Following are parts of Geoff’s Eulogy …

It’s a great honour to be asked to give the Eulogy for my friend Joe Parnis, thank you Dianne for the opportunity.

I first met Joe some 25 years ago at Archerfield when we were looking at a business venture together. We were both private pilots, we loved classic cars, trains (model and real) and boats. As far as boats were concerned the bigger the better.

Joseph John Parnis was born in Malta on the September 7, 1949. In 1954 Joe with his mum and dad, his younger brother Victor, and sister Paulina set sail for a new life in Australia when he was just 5 years old.

Interestingly, their family’s arrival in Fremantle WA is recorded on the Welcome Wall of the WA Museum. On arrival in Queensland the family was temporality accommodated at Wacol’s migrant camp and later settled at Narella Street, Cannon Hill.

Joe left high school at year 10 to further his studies in Electronics and graduated as an Electronic Technician, specialising in Radio and Television repairs. After leaving high school and while studying he was also the lead guitarist in a rock band! I never heard him play but I’m sure he was great at it; he never did things by half.

Joe’s working career was interesting. When researching and listening to others who knew about this aspect of his life I felt a strong affinity with him as he tried so hard over the years to find the right path for his career. Joe was always on the lookout for ways to improve himself.

Joe married Kath Nightingale in 1971 and they have two adult children Michael born in 1973 and Michelle in 1975. Joe and Kath have two grandchildren Mitchell and Holly who were very special to Joe.

In 1976 the family moved to Manly. Joe’s affinity with all things marine caused them to purchase a beautiful home overlooking the harbour so Joe could check on his boat moored there.

In 1987 Joe and Kath separated and later divorced.

In 1992 Joe met Diane Wait and they married in 1993. Joe and Di made a dapper couple who enjoyed and made the most of their life together. Diane was indeed the love of Joe’s life.

They loved to take their classic cars out for a run spending as much time as they could around all things marine where they breakfasted regularly and checked out the boats in the harbour.

In closing this eulogy I want to share with you a significant event that happened two days before Joe died:

• Diane, Wendy and I were in Joe’s hospital room and Wendy and I were just about to leave. I so wanted to talk to and pray for Joe before we left but was not able to do so due to him going in and out of consciousness. I was so disappointed. I was sharing this with Di when I said to this effect “This is Joe’s last chance to re-commit his life to the Lord and we had missed it.” Joe, then hearing the words LAST CHANCE called out LAST CHANCE!!!!

We were shocked by this because we thought he couldn’t hear us talking.

We all moved to his bedside and I asked him if he wanted to re-commit his life to the Lord. At this stage I was overwhelmed by the moment and Wendy asked him to squeeze her hand if he wanted to. He squeezed her hand so hard that it hurt!

We then prayed for him and committed him to the Lord.

Wendy and I have lost a great friend far too early. Thank you Joe for being part of our lives.

REST IN PEACE!

DITTO from the train club mate, DITTO!

Club Honoured by Patron in its 40th Year

Posted on March 13, 2015

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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 – of interest to Great Western modellers

Posted on December 20, 2014

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

High praise for Bodmin Road at AMRA Train Show

Posted on May 20, 2014

All Gauge Model Railroad Club ( Our 40th Year). The Brisbane Train Show 3rd and 4th of May 2014.
This year All Gauge entered 3 Layouts, T-Trak, Endeavour Rail and Bodmin Road.

Our Club had an outstanding Show.

Bodmin Road received widespread acclaim from members of the public and other Model Train Club members due to its realistic presentation. Full credit goes to Andrew Kreraup and the work he did on the layout before the Show, applying professional weathering techniques coupled with a full refit of the Layouts general presentation, this included more than 200 1/76 scale trees. Bodmin Road was the talk of the show, it looked so life like. It was even heard by several of our Club members that other Model Train Clubs have said that All Gauge has now set the standard of Show Layout presentation. This was evidenced by the Layouts reception by the General Public along with the many verbal and written comments All Gauge has received. Bodmin Road was the most photographed layout of the show.

Our 2014 Train Show Final Report

Posted on August 22, 2014

The venue used this year (July 26, 27) was again the Carina Bowls Club part of the Clem Jones Sports Centre. Myself (Andrew Krarup) and Peter Ball managed the Co-ordination roles.

All Gauge Model Railway personnel on hand for the 2 days:
Show Co-ordinators: Peter Ball, President – Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Andrew Krarup, Treasurer – Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Don Rennie – Sunday. Jeff Wilde, Door Sales – Sat – Sun
Set-up: Alf Petralia, Door Sales – Saturday.
Set-up, Pick-up: Dave Austin, Door Sales – Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Bob McCabe, Set-up, Pick-up – Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
Road Signs, Show Programme: Ron Parker – pulled together our Show programme at the last minute and placed our Road Signs – Saturday, Sunday.

Thanks guys, we know who you are.

Peter and I would also like to personally acknowledge our generous sponsors (and their always helpful staff) including Brisbane Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk: Lord Mayor Suburban Initiative Fund; Our club patron Councillor Ryan Murphy (Doboy): Lord Mayor Suburban Initiative Fund; Steve Minnikin MP (Chatsworth); The Clem Jones Sports Club; The Carina Bowls Club; The Carina Leagues Club; Camp/Hill Carina Welfare Association and the Australian Railway Historical Society.

And remember everyone, Austral Model Craft, HobbyOne and Railco-Sandgate are your club’s preferred suppliers because they always help us in many ways. Please mention that you saw their adverts in this year’s Train Show program when you visit their shops.

Overall a very good Show. Thanks to all involved. 2015 looks to be an even better opportunity provided the venue can be found.

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