Friday, January 23, 2015

The Last Post

As part of the "shake up" of the MRNSW team, which occurred some time ago now, this blog will fold up shortly. The Convention now has its own website which can be found at as well as a Facebook page which can be found by searching Modelling the Railways of NSW 32 on Facebook.

At this stage the only info on the page is the time, date and place for convention 32. This will be updated as more details become available, including the speakers list, as well as the brochure and registration forms as soon as the program is finalised.

Preparations are well under way and, as always, if you are interested in being a presenter or demonstrator at this convention or in the future, please contact us from the web page.

Thanks to everyone for your support and contact in the past and I look forward to a continued contact in the future.


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Association email address

The previous post with MRNSW email address was incorrect in as much as I omitted the .au on the end.
Anyone who has unsuccessfully tried the address please add the .au to the end and all will be good.

My ongoing computer problems have highlighted another issue, as well as not being able to post pics/docs, I cannot comment on posts or reply to comments.

Anyone who has tried to email for a form please try again, your form will be accepted if received past the close off point today.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Registration closing date

Just to let you know that the closing date for receipt of registrations is the 6th of June.
If you haven't registered yet and need a form please send an email to the address in the previous post.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Presenters, demonstrations and the layout for Convention 31

Presenters for this years convention:

Phil Badger - The street scape
Phil shows how the street scape has changed over time and will explain what will bring you layout to life with small cameo scenes.

Mike Bluett and Geoff Brown - Building an exhibition layout
Sharing both conventional and non-conventional ideas to build an exhibition layout that has lasted 15 years.

John Brown - Scratch building with styrene
Demonstrating scratch building methods with styrene.

Jim Crew - Advanced digital command control
Aimed at modellers who wish to know more about DCC than just installing decoders.

Ron Cunningham - So you want to be a model railway manufacturer
With over 10 years experience Ron explains the trials and tribulations of dealing with Chinese factories, customers and his favourite anti-depressants.

Richard Davis - Delec 1986 to 2005
Richard outlines his 18 year career at Delec

Roy Howarth - Detailing single deck suburbans
Detailing the current range of Sydney suburban cars including an overview of colour schemes and sourcing parts.

Ray Love and Craig Mackie - Layout design and details of Loco Depots
Part 1 will cover information on Loco sheds, round houses, water tanks and columns and de ashing pits.
Part 2 will cover information on coaling, turntables, pits and sanding arrangements.

Dave Pallas - LED lighting
For buildings, carriages and layouts.

Keiran Ryan - Developing an etched kit
Using the Penrith pedestrian bridge kit Keiran will outline the complete development process.

Nick Sheridan - Modelling the Great Western Railway
Testing operations and plans for modelling Lithgow engine terminal and switchback operated gas works, Tarana train marshalling and Raglan bank engine working.

Ben Small - The NSW Weed Train
History of the Weed Train and rolling stock used as well how to build a weed train.

Neil Sommerville - Z's and X's
For those who want a working knowledge of the 10 to 29 class locomotives that made it past 1924.

Chris Wangman - Branxton Railway Station
Researching this station for the basis of a HO layout.

John Ward - Archiving photographs and negatives
Scanning and photo shopping photographs and negatives for archiving.

Chris Winston - Driving DCC Sound
How DCC sound decoders work, what is involved in creating your own sounds and getting your decoder fitted locomotives to drive like the real thing.


Aaron Bischoff - Brush weathering rolling stock.
For beginners by a beginner. Been afraid to take to those pristine items of rolling stock and make them look like the real thing for fear of ruining them ? So was Aaron until he had a go ! He will show you how its done, what to do it with and what to do if it goes wrong.
If you would like to bring an item of rolling stock along to have a go please feel free to do so.

Geoff Langridge - Decaling
Geoff will demonstrate the latest developments in materials and techniques in this essential part of railway modelling.

Ian Black - Adding rivet detail to your models.
Billed as the conventions "most riveting topic" Ian will detail and demonstrate the tools and techniques for adding rivet detail to different materials that your models may be made from.

The Layout:

Mungo Scotts
Depicting the flour mill siding on the Rozelle goods line through various periods. Operation of various types of trains that ran through this part of the Sydney metropolitan goods network. Recent additions to the layout include full overhead catenary for electric locomotives.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Registration forms and information brochure Convention 31

Due to and ongoing computer problem anyone who requires a registration form or info brochure to be sent to them please send an email to and it will be sent to your nominated email address.
Apologies for any inconvenience.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Registration Form and Brochure

These forms have been created but I am currently unable to post them on this blog. This is possibly a problem with my computer which I am working to rectify.
The easiest way to have them here and print them has been as a jpeg file but for whatever reason I am unable to post images of any kind.
The mailout will be carried out as normal and hopefully will have the computer issue sorted soon.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The date is set for 2014

The Modelling the Railways of NSW Convention #31 will be held on Saturday 21st June 2014 at Loftus TAFE.

As always we are keen to hear from people who would be interested in presenting on a modelling related subject or demonstrating a modelling skill or technique.

The convention is not scale specific but, of course, focuses on the railways of NSW so presentations can be on a prototypical aspect or subject as well.

Generic topics such as layout construction, wiring, train control (including DCC) scenery, kit construction, painting, decaling, weathering and detailing are also welcome.

Previous attendees will be contacted by their preferred method when a program is finalised and registration forms and brochures will be posted here for printing by new attendees.

The MRNSW Association is a non profit organization run by volunteers from the modelling community. We rely solely on the support of the greater modelling community and the hobbies commercial sector to function.

Your continued support will ensure the future of your convention.