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Club Open Night - Monday 7 December
The Club will be throwing its doors open, so come along and see what we do.... More here....

Focus on Mens Event
The Club will be operating a layout at the upcoming Focus on men event organised by the Christchurch City Council at the Tūranga Central Library on Sunday 22 November.

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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.

Presidents Lines (October):

At present life seems to be busier than ever, so much for being retired! That said, I do enjoy keeping occupied and ‘in the thick of it’.

On 24th September, we finally delivered the ‘Door Layout’ to its new home in Wigram. A little de-railing problem delayed the delivery for a week, but it sure was appreciated when it was delivered by Douglas, Arthur and myself. Arthur duly recorded the event and has provided copy on our media pages. I hope that the new owner will get much joy from it. Many thanks to all those members who were involved with this project.

ONE DOWN-ONE TO GO. Our next portable layout project has already gotten underway, the Märklin Layout. It will need to be completed by mid-November for display at the Christchurch Library’s MEN’S EVENT, 22ND November. This will be an ideal event to promote our great club and our hobby with its diverse aspects to the wider community. Explaining recent developments in our hobby to non-model railroaders (such as the advantages of Digital Command Control) may rekindle somebody’s interest; enough to again get physically involved or in fact may introduce somebody new to our hobby. Obviously, we will require a number of members to man our stand on the display date as well as in the development of the layout. So please lend a hand as often as you can, this will be a real ‘showcase for the club.

Our Sales table at the Ashburton Trading Day wasn’t as profitable as I had hoped, but I’m sure that those who attended thoroughly enjoyed the day socializing with like-minded people. A BIG THANK YOU goes to Douglas for taking us, plus the sales items in his bus, a very generous gesture and much appreciated by all. Thank you also to the Ashburton Organizing Team for arranging the event and for inviting our sales team to it.

A plea to all the keen modelers who want to “Get Stuck In” and DO something on one of the Club Layouts. Make sure that before ANY work is undertaken, other members agree and are happy with what you are about to do!

I would like to thank Susie and Darryl for again producing THE SLEEPER. You two provide a great service to the Club in the background.

Cheers, Karl