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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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One month of the New Year has already gone and we have one successful project behind us. We displayed our recently completed Märklin Layout at the Burlington Retirement Village on 21st and 22nd of January. Many thanks to all our Club Members who were able to help load the layout into the van, set it up at the Burlington Village, look after it for the rest of Thursday and Friday and then return it to the Clubrooms. Chatting with the residents was very entertaining and obviously a lot of reminiscing was going on with a few of them. Our presence was obviously much appreciated by the staff as well as the residents. A special thanks to our new members Rowena and Nelson, their first involvement in a Club Project, I hope you enjoyed your participation.

This year is going to be a particularly busy one and I'm sure there will be something for every member to participate in. On 27th February we will be displaying the same layout again at the City Library Turanga in the Square in conjunction with one of their special events, help will again be required with transport and manning the display. Meanwhile Tom and I (with your help) will be working on scenic enhancements on this layout. Offers gratefully received.

I hope you have read about the proposed changes to our club Constitution which Arthur mailed to everybody. Discussion to the proposals will take place at the Club Meeting on February 1st to save time at the AGM in March. Final discussions and a binding vote will be during the AGM. The proposed changes are minor, more of a tidy up and bringing some the wording into the 21st century. While on the subject of the AGM, all committee positions need to be newly proposed and subsequently elected by the members attending the AGM. If you would like to be involved in the Decision Making 'Department' of the GCMRC make sure that you fill out a Nomination Form and ask any Club member to sign it. Being a member of the 'Decision Division' of the Club is very rewarding.

Secretary Arthur is doing a mighty job of keeping everybody regularly informed about all Club matters. Most of us members enjoy running trains, whether that be running trains as part of the Sunday Roster or Running Night or doing our own thing some other time. We do have an obligation to Ferrymead Heritage Park to uphold and we do have a substantial building to maintain and house these layouts.

In fact I believe we have the best and permanent Model Railway Club facilities in New Zealand. Be proud of it!

Karl Marshall