The Garden Railway Club of Australia Inc. was established for people who enjoy the hobby of garden railways in the Aussie sun, and for sharing ideas and expertise with other Members. It is a family-oriented club, based in Sydney NSW, although it has and welcomes members from just about all over Australia and New Zealand.
Run Day Meetings are held at a different members' house on the second Saturday of each month. Meetings are generally confined to the Sydney area or within 200km or so. Membership is open to all who have an interest in the idea of garden railways. Every skill level is welcome. You don't have to own a model train or have a garden railway in order to join. Just bring your trains along to run on someone else's track! Or just come and watch and socialize, all types of G scale trains are welcome. Some members build from scratch, others 'shake-the-box' and run.
New Members are always welcome, either contact our Secretary Toni Benton for further information or fill in an Application Form. Membership is $50 per year (March-March) or $25 from September to March.
Many spouses attend the run days and generous afternoon teas are always provided to keep up our energy. Each run day has a short official meeting segment.
A substantial (usually around 40 pages) magazine called Garden Rails, is produced bi-monthly, containing reports of visits to members' layouts, various articles of interest to members and product reviews.
Present membership is around 160 families, with around 30 attending typical running days. Annual membership fees are $50 p.a. payable in March ($60 for overseas). If you join part way through the year, the fees are the same and you receive that years back-issues of Garden Rails.
The next Running Day is scheduled for 12th June but due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions it may be cancelled - stay tuned. We aren't sure when they will start again but we will keep you informed of the situation.
Once they are running again you can refer to your current copy of Garden Rails magazine for details of location, or contact the Secretary. We are always happy to get new members and they seem happy to join us.
Change of Name
The LGB and G-Scale Model Railway Club of Australia Inc. will now be known as Garden Railway Club of Australia Inc.
Running Day format
Only the host will be permitted to run their trains for up to the first two hours after which time members will be permitted up to a 20 minutes running time. Members, other than the host, will be asked to put their names on a roster sheet.
To allow a clear view of the layout and to allow uncluttered photographs, please place all boxes in a less conspicuous location.
Getting Started Building your Layout
Norm Mitchell has produced an article, Getting Started, which may be of interest to members who are about to build their layout and have no idea where to start.
How to become a member of the Garden Railway Club of Australia In.
To become a member you can either contact the Secretary or fill in an Application Form and post to the Treasurer at the address on the bottom of the form. The location of Club Days is printed in the Garden Rails magazine published bi-monthly and is included in your membership. Membership is $50 per year (March-March) or $25 from September to March.