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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.

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THE END IS NIGH ... Well, for this year anyway. I guess there will be many people saying – “Thank goodness for THAT”. But it hasn’t been all bad. OK, there has been Covid -19 and there have been no Model Railway Exhibitions, and subsequently very little income from the Buy-Sell tables. But we did win $2000 from Resene, that should just about provide all the paint and materials required for the planned Club Rooms visual upgrade, one of the first big projects for next year.

Getting back to this year, we have had a respectable increase in membership numbers - welcome to you all. I hope you might have many enjoyable years with the GCMRC. We built a layout for a handicapped person, we received sections of a couple of Märklin layouts, parts of which we have built into a display layout which has had its first outing at the City Central Library Tūranga on November 22nd. Comments from the general public were very favourable and all three trains operated all day without fail. Thank you very much for all the members who participated on that day. I will send a picture and accompanying note to the kind folk who donated the layout sections to us and now reside in Norway. Many thanks also to all the members who have donated equipment or material to the club during the year; it is much appreciated.

Considerable technical improvements have been made to aid the operation of the 16.5 layout, a DCC control system has been added to the N gauge layout and scenic improvements made to both. On behalf of all members I extend a very warm THANK YOU to the members who have been involved.

Because of their many hours of dedicated work ALL members can enjoy this hobby at a much higher and up-to-date technical level. I would like to think that a few more members could find the time and inclination to enjoy the deeper levels of model railroading sometime in the future and a few of us ‘oldies’ can hand over the reins of the Club to members who have a bit more hair on their head. Some younger blood at the helm is bound to ensure a bright future for the GCMRC in years to come.

THE SLEEPER newsletter has been an integral part of this Club for many years. It is due to the enthusiasm and good will of our Editor Susie (Norm’s better half) that we continue to enjoy this monthly publication. Please direct any articles you may be able to share with other members directly to Susie at susie.hamilton@oriongroup.co.nz.

I would like to see more diverse input from a range of club members. Please remember: The Editor edits information provided and is not responsible for writing the articles in the first place. My thanks are also extended to Darryl for having done a lot of research into the Club history and putting that into a ‘readable’ format for us all to enjoy and to keep ‘for eternity’.

As mentioned previously, the Committee has spent a considerable amount of time attempting to get the Club Constitution and Club Rules up to date. The revised recommendations will be circulated (for all members to study at home) in January. They will be discussed (and altered if that meeting so decides) by the February Club Meeting and then finally adopted by the Annual General Meeting in March. At the AGM, a new Committee will be elected to govern the GCMRC for the following year. Members should now consider how they could improve their hobby involvement by putting their name forward to be elected to guide their Club into the future.

As in previous year there will not be a roster arranged to man the Club rooms during the Christmas period. However, it would be good if a few members could spare a few hours during that time to come to the club rooms and run a few trains and to make sure all is well in our building. If you don’t have a key, you could contact one of the club members who live close by and pick up the necessary keys and security codes. According to the agreements with Ferrymead Heritage Park we are required to have club members attending in our club rooms on Sundays. If your name is not already on the roster list could you please contact Secretary Arthur and let him know which Sundays, you could be available to operate the layout of your choice. The interaction with members of the public is very rewarding.