• Welcome!

    Welcome to the Garden City Model Railroad Club


Since 1979, the Garden City Model Railroad Club has been growing to the point that it is now open 7 days a week within the Ferrymead Heritage park.

We welcome you to this site and hope that one day you will be able to visit us in person to see our museum and club layouts.

Presidents Lines (September):

Well now, another month has gone and ‘that’ virus is still with us. The interruptions started with our Club back in March when we should have been at the Nelson Model Railway Exhibition with our TradingTable. That show was cancelled just minutes before we were leaving home with our caravan. Maureen and I unloaded the 'stuff' destined for our trading table and we went for a wee break anyway. Happily, Darryl arranged for us to see a few layouts and we brought back the basic components for an N scale power station which hopefully we'll be able to start to put together later in the year. While on the subject of putting things together I remind you of our:


There are several categories in this peer-judged competition, including photographic prints. Just bring along anything you may have built or put together during the year, as long as it has a rail-oriented theme I'm sure we'll find a category to enter it under. Don't be shy, we are all learning and constantly improving our skills as we go along / get older.

We will (hopefully) be heading to the Ashburton Plains Railway Museum for a day of Buying and Selling Model Railways on September 20th for what may be the only chance we get this year to raise a few dollars for the Club's coffers via our Buy/Sell table. We may be able to travel together as a group in Douglas's bus to this event. Needless to say, we require a few members to help us sell some of Club owned items as well as the on 'behalf items' we have for sale. I have always enjoyed these days-or weekends-out from several points, social and model railway-wise.

While on the subject of Club Coffers, if you are one of the few Club Members who haven't yet paid this year's subs, would you please bear in mind that it's the member's subs that provide the fantastic facilities, layouts and high tech equipment which we all are lucky to use on our Running Nights and the times you may get to run your own model trains on a Sunday. Please be fair to others and pay your own way. A lot of our members enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit after an evening of training, these items are purchased with the gold coin you put in the container on the table ... GOT IT? Remember to enjoy your Club, the more you put in - the more you get out.

You will be aware that Douglas sadly has vacated the President's position and the Committee elected are placement to lead the Club up to the next Annual General Meeting. I would like to acknowledge all the effort Douglas has put into the running of the GCMRC. Under his leadership the Club has grown in strength considerably, the number of members has increased and the number of our Running nights has never been better. On behalf of the Garden City Model Railroad Club,


News & Updates

9th June 2020
The Clubrooms are now open, business as usual

8th June 2020
Tonight John is giving a talk on weathering at 7:30pm

23rd March 2020 (closed)
The Clubrooms are closed till further notice

6-12th June 2020 (cancelled)
East Coast Rail Excursion

9-10th May 2020 (cancelled)
Dunedin Model Train Show

21st March 2020 (cancelled)
Nelson Model Railway Exhibition 2020
Stoke Memorial Hall - $2 entry fee

December 2019
Open-night 2nd December - We'll be running every layouts during the open-night.