Firstly the monthly newsletter "The Third Railer" keeps members informed of club activities and often has a number of hobby related articles such as latest model and equipment releases, event reviews and "how to" guides. Goods for Sale items (see below) are also advertised.
Importantly, the club runs a very popular second hand Goods for Sale (GFS) service which is for members only. All items available can be ordered 24/7 or purchased any time the club is open. If GFS makes a big purchase the club may run a GFS ballot ensuring all members, both local and out of town, get an equal chance to win any given item. The ballots offer great buying value and are very popular!
Being a member of the club also allows you discounted rates when purchasing from selected retailers.
You can spend time at the club running your model trains on our layouts or picking the brains of the more experienced modellers. To help you further the MMRC also has an extensive library collection of books, magazines and video or DVD's on modelling and model railways, which provide a wealth of information and inspiration for your own modelling ambitions!
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We often have club night clinics and prearranged workshops on a wide variety of modelling skills.
Experienced members are very generous with their time at club and supportive of modellers at all levels. You can get a head start by getting involved with the club layouts and gaining knowledge before you need it.
Practical assistance and discussion on the options available will help you settle on the direction you might take for your own layout, if you choose to build one.
As an example recent clinics and workshops have included building realistic buildings in plaster, constructing display cases, converting locomotives to run digital, a slideshow recalling a visit to Minatur Wunderland (a fantastic layout attraction in Hamburg, Germany), setting up signal blocks to automate trains and using LED lights in trains and buildings.
Depending on your particular interest there is opportunity to be involved in a special interest group, or SIG as we call them. Currently we have two busy SIG's in the MMRC.
SIG 1 is a bunch of 1 Gauge enthusiasts. 1 Gauge trains are the big boys in 1/32 scale. If you have been to one of our RailEx shows chances are you have seen the "Uri" and/or "Istein" SIG 1 layouts in action. The SIG 1 Krokodil's (Swiss SBB Crocodile locomotives) are massive at around 600mm long and the trains they pull can be five to seven metres in length. Serious stuff!
The SIG 1 group build up their layout in modules and meet fairly regularly in the club, when they can have it to themselves, to work on and test the modules ready for show days.
The other is the HO Modular Group (1:87 scale), where each member has one short module (or more!) that conforms to a standard size of approximately 1200mm long and 600mm wide ... with a specific main line configured at the front.
The beauty of the HO Modular Group is that you can build a small, easily portable and not hard to store module, and join in running your trains on it without building a whole layout. With a module you get to do a little bit of everything (construction, wiring, track laying and ballasting, scenery, electronic control, maybe Faller building kits) all in a short space of time on a small scale. Each modeller gets to choose what they model on their module behind the main line (Webmaster's Note: Mine is a branch line with fuel transfer station!) and they look great when all joined up. Instant layout!
It's a fantastic way to get into the hobby, gain experience and see success in a short period of time without much expense. This group is very active also and meets formally once a month to join up their modules into a working layout, work on them a bit then run trains.
If you need to contact us via the Contact Form here.
... or you can download our Membership Form here.
Our 2016 Fees are as follows ... (see notes below for description)
Adult Full Membership - $70 per year
Associate Membership - $50 per year
Student Membership - $20 per year
Family Membership - $80 per year
An adult member resident outside the Wellington Region is eligible as an Associate. The Wellington Region includes Wellington City to the South and Upper Hutt and Paekakariki to the North.
Children attending up to secondary school are considered Students. Our Young Persons Policy applies.
Family rate is an extension of Full Memberships and is allowed for combined family members who reside at the same physical address.