External Events

AALS 62nd Annual Convention

External Events

Castledare Miniature Railway
March 28th
2018
Castledare Miniature Railway
Castledare Miniature Railway
March 28th
2018
When:
March 28th onwards
2018
Where:
Niana Station, Castledare Pl
Cost:
free
Castledare Miniature Railway will open before the convention on Wednesday, March 28. It has an extensive 7¼ inch track through the Wilson wetlands and also has 5in facilities.

Please Note !! While the Castledare Miniature Railway has extensive track, much of it will not be available for use by steam engines, as the risk of fire through the wetlands at this time of the year usually results in a ban on steam. Diesel locos, however, will be able to travel out to Wilson Park. Steam engines will be restricted to “the convention loop”, which is still a longer run than most other clubs in Australia can provide. CMR will be open on the Wednesday before the convention opens.

Take a look at the website HERE for more details, including the excellent Pdf on it's history).
Click HERE to view the positive reviews written on Tripadvisor.
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Ferguson Valley, Dardanup WA
April 1st
2018
Ferguson Valley, Dardanup WA
Ferguson Valley, Dardanup WA
April 1st
2018
When:
Sunday, April 1st, 9.30 for a 10am start
Where:
to be determined
Cost:
to be determined
On Easter Sunday, a coach trip into the Fergusson Valley is being organised for wives, partners and family members who want a break from miniature trains. The cost of this tour, which includes wine tastings, will be determined by the number of participants.

Please register your interest when filling in your registration for the Conference.
 
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NDMES Stirling Miniature Railway
April 3rd/4th
2018
NDMES Stirling Miniature Railway
NDMES Stirling Miniature Railway
April 3rd/4th
2018
When:
Tues/Wednes, April 3rd/4th, 9am
Where:
4 - 6 Vasto Pl, Balcatta WA
Cost:
free
The main post convention venue will be with co-hosts Northern Districts Model Engineering Society’s Stirling Miniature Railway at Balcatta, on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 3 and 4.

The Society has a miniature railway, picnic facilities, facilities for steam road vehicles and a substantial club building containing a workshop/machine shop, kitchen, library and meeting room.

Gauges 2½, 3½, 5 and 7¼ inch are offered along with garden railway gauge 1 (code 180). A free BBQ lunch will be provided for AALS guests.
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Bennet Brook Railway Perth Tram Society HQ
April 5th
2018
Bennet Brook Railway Perth Tram Society HQ
Bennet Brook Railway Perth Tram Society HQ
April 5th
2018
When:
Thursday, April 5th, 9am
Where:
2ft Bennet Brook Railway and the Perth Tram Society headquarters
Cost:
free, not including lunch and park visits

Arrangements have been made for delegates to visit the 2ft Bennet Brook Railway and the Perth Tram Society headquarters on Thursday, April 5. Both are located within the Whiteman Park recreation and conservation reserve and both operate extensive services throughout the park.

The railway has two ex-SAR NG15 2-8-2 steam locos, while the Tram Society has 32 trams previously operated in Perth and Fremantle. Lunch (pre-booked) will be in the Whiteman Park village café. The Caversham Wildlife Park is adjacent to the village centre and there is also an extensive historic car museum.

 

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Toodyay Miniature Railway
April 6th
2018
Toodyay Miniature Railway
Toodyay Miniature Railway
April 6th
2018
When:
Friday, April 6th, 9am
Where:
Toodyay Miniature Railway
2 Harper Rd, Toodyay, WA
Cost:
free
Toodyay Miniature Railway will open its 7¼ inch track today for delegates.

TOODYAY Miniature Railway, founded in 1996, is a leisurely 90 km drive east of Perth. The 7¼in gauge railway is in Duidgee Park on the banks of the Avon River. It follows a 1.1 circular route to emerge on the river bank, crossing three bridges, a cutting and a tunnel.

Dotted through the bush are man-made attractions, such as kangaroo families, bushranger Moondyne Joe’s camp, sheep, emu, a pioneer with his horse and dog and with a bunyip to join them soon.

A new modified car hoist allows safe loading and unloading of engines to/from any trailer height and there is also a separate truck height. The original small station and a new $50,000 building house our collection of wagons plus three working steam engines (one under modification), four diesels and an electric under repair. A 5th diesel is nearing completion. Extensive brick paving and landscaping is currently underway.

Directions: The Toodyay Miniature Railway is located in Duidgee Park, Toodyay. Follow the main road (Stirling Terrace) through Toodyay, turn left before the bridge into Harper Street. Duidgee Park is located on your right.

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Batavia Coast Miniature Railway
April 7th/8th
2018
Batavia Coast Miniature Railway
Batavia Coast Miniature Railway
April 7th/8th
2018
When:
April 7th/8th
Where:
Spalding Park, Geraldton
Cost:
free

The weekend of April 7 and 8 is reserved for the Batavia Coast Miniature Railway in Geraldton, which hopefully will have 1.2km of 7¼ inch track next Easter.

The miniature railway currently runs along a 600 metre outdoor ride-on-track in Spalding Park.

Geraldton, 424km north of Perth, is the gateway to the Gascoyne region and some of Australia’s best-known natural tourists attractions, such as Ningaloo Reef (at 260km long, Australia's largest fringing coral reef), the Shark Bay World Heritage site, Monkey Mia dolphin sanctuary, Exmouth and Coral Bay.   

Directions
From the south, turn left off the North West Coastal Highway at the northern end of Geraldton, 6.5 kilometres north of John Willcock Link Road, where it is signposted to Bluff Point Shopping Centre. Take the 3rd exit at the roundabout onto Chapman Road and the Spalding Park is 700 metres on the right just after the roundabout.

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Katanning Miniature Railway
April 8th
2018
Katanning Miniature Railway
Katanning Miniature Railway
April 8th
2018
When:
April 8th
Where:
All Ages Playground, corner of Great Southern Highway and Clive Street, Katanning
Cost:
free

This 7¼g miniature railway has a public run on Sunday, April 8, 2018, and all AALS delegates are invited to participate.
Katanning is 277km south-east of Perth and 225km east of Bunbury and its track is at the corner of Clive Street and the bypass road.
KMR president Derek Stock said the railway, which had about 800m of track, would be prepared to open at other times for delegates unable to get there on Sunday, April 8.
Derek can be contacted on 0427 212 967 or email stockd@westnet.com.au.

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Esperance Miniature Railway
March 28th
2018
Esperance Miniature Railway
Esperance Miniature Railway
March 28th
2018
When:
March 28th onwards
Where:
Adventureland Park,
Taylor Street, Esperance
Cost:
free

A warm welcome awaits at the Esperance Miniature Railway for those driving across the Nullarbor to attend the 2018 Bunbury convention.

The operating society, which has about 1.5km of 7¼g track, was accepted as an AALS affiliated member at the 2017 AGM at Lake Macquarie.

Secretary Ted English said the railway will be open right through to April 29 – well after the convention has finished. This will allow those crossing the Nullarbor by road to either drop in on the way over, or the way back – or both! The deviation via Esperance will provide a scenic alternative to the more usual route via Coolgardie and cuts out the necessity to travel to Bunbury via Perth, so there is not much difference in distance.

Ted said delegates dropping in would be treated like “royalty”, but it would help if he had advance notice of impending visits. You can contact him via email at eenglish@wn.com.au or call him on mobile 0417915568. The track is in Taylor Street, which is off The Esplanade.

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