Wednesday, 4 September 2013

National Model Railroad Association Convention 2013

The National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) Convention for 2013 is being held in Canberra. The Convention is being held on the weekend of 21-22 September at the University of Canberra High School, Kaleen (was the Kaleen High School) 104 Baldwin Drive, Kaleen, ACT. Kaleen is on the north side of Canberra.

You don't have to be a member of the NMRA to come along. The Convention registration form can be downloaded from the Convention site. There are some great layouts to visit, including Kangaroo Valley; the layout of Stephe Jitts (his layout was featured in AMRM February 2012)


The organising committee has put together a great program of presentations and clinics that should be of interest to all model railroaders, no matter what prototype you follow. The presentations include the following:

Eddie Gallier 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping
David O'HearnFences - Prototypes and Modelling Them
Brad HintonModelling the prototype from afar: The Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern
Gavin Hince MMRTBA
Geoff Langbridge Colour Isn't Colour
Allan Garbutt & Phil Collins Storage Yards - Building A Better Mouse Trap
Phil Badger MMR Beyond The Fence
David Low WW 1 Narrow Gauge
Bob Best Taking Measurements from Photos
Rob Nesbitt Catenary, A brief history and modelling notes
Jess Brisbane History of the Maine 2 Footers
Stephe Jitts MMR The Science and Fiction of Wheels
Chris Minahan Communication and Model Railway Operations
Erik Bennett Advanced DCC - How It Works

Layout tour information can be found here.

I hope you can join us in Canberra on the weekend of 21-22 September for what looks to be a great weekend of model railroading.

Oh, and by the way, Floriade will be on at this time along with a host of other Canberra attractions including the Australian National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Australian War Museum, Botanic Gardens, and the new National Arboretum. And hopefully the warm weather we have enjoyed this week (20C+) will continue throughout the rest of September. So why not make a long weekend of it and enjoy the Convention and the local attractions too!

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