The location of the next meeting will be held in Picton. Please refer to your current copy of Garden Rails magazine for details, or contact the Secretary.
Hoppers - a thing of the past? from John Croke
Some years ago, at a meeting at the home of Joe and Sue on the Central Coast, those in attendance made up a train hauled by 5 Stainz locos, about 75 red hoppers (mainly from the Col and Daphne's collection), plus a few similar wagons. Electric power was provided by a heavy duty transformer/controller owned by Col, and constructed by former member Godfrey Gamble, an electrical engineer. The track on the day was a single line loop which circumnavigated the Briggs' backyard. After the train got going, it did about two or three circuits of the yard, to accommodate photo taking, after which the hoppers were packed away, enabling the running of other members' trains. The occasion was well organised, as plenty of prior notice to stage it had been given. I'm sure it was also well received by those present on the day. (I plead guilty to being the person who thought up the idea).
Members who own a year 2000 LGB anniversary club wagon could bring it to a running day with a view to making up a train of these wagons, it would make for an interesting photo. The wagons were constructed to order for members, by a former member on his property in the Bombala district of the Monaro in southern NSW. I don't think an idea for a second series wagon ever saw the light of day.
See the photos.
Running Day format
Only the host will be permitted to run their trains for up to the first two hours after which time members will be permitted up to a 20 minutes running time. Members, other than the host, will be asked to put their names on a roster sheet.
To allow a clear view of the layout and to allow uncluttered photographs, please place all boxes in a less conspicuous location.
LGB Collection For Sale
Jeff Thompson is selling his whole collection of LGB stuff which he collected in the late 1970s. An itemised list is available. All is pretty much in original condition because of their storage in their original packaging over the last 35-odd years of non-use. If you are interested please email Jeff or phone him on 0417 293 077.
Getting Started Building your Layout
Norm Mitchell has produced an article, Getting Started, which may be of interest to members who are about to build their layout and have no idea where to start.
What plants to put into your layout can be a bit of a conundrum. The Australian National Botanic Gardens website have an article which may be of assistance.
How to become a member of the LGB
To become a member you can either contact the Secretary or fill in an Application Form and post to the Treasurer at the address on the bottom of the form. The location of Club Days is printed in the
magazine published bi-monthly and is included in your membership.
The Club is based in Sydney NSW, although it has and welcomes members from just about all over Australia and New Zealand. It is a family-oriented club, for people who enjoy the hobby of garden railways in the Aussie sun, and for sharing ideas and expertise with other Members.
Run Day Meetings are held at a different members' house on the second Saturday of each month. Meetings are generally confined to the Sydney area or within 200km or so. Membership is open to all who have an interest in the idea of garden railways. Every skill level is welcome. You don't have to own a model train or have a garden railway in order to join. Just bring your trains along to run on someone else's track! Or just come and watch and socialize, and you don't have to be an LGB aficionado. All types of G scale trains are welcome. Some members build from scratch, others 'shake-the-box' and run.
New Members are always welcome, either contact our Secretary Toni Benton for further information or fill in an Application Form.
Many spouses attend the run days and generous afternoon teas are always provided to keep up our energy. Each run day has a short official meeting segment.
A substantial (usually around 40 pages) magazine called Garden Rails, is produced bi-monthly, containing reports of visits to members' layouts, various articles of interest to members and product reviews.
Present membership is around 160 families, with around 30 attending typical running days. Annual membership fees are $50 p.a. payable in March ($60 for overseas). If you join part way through the year, the fees are the same and you receive that years back-issues of Garden Rails.