(last updated January 2016)

There are a number of clubs and groups around South Australia that meet on regular basis. Depending on where you live and on your particular interest including gauge, scale and prototype, you may wish to contact one of these groups. They include:-

Adelaide Model Railway Exhibition Inc. – AMRE.
Address PO Box 462, Prospect SA 5082
The Convenor of AMRE is currently Roger Whyatt 08 8411 2233
Web site
This organization is comprised of several model railway clubs who combine each year
to present the annual Model Railway Exhibition at Greyhound Park which is situated near the corner of South Road and Angle Road, Regency Park. Held on the long week end of June each year, this exhibition comprises over forty different stands including a large number of local and interstate layouts, second hand and trade stalls and stalls from kindred organizations.

Adelaide Model Railroaders Inc.
Contact Ken or Terry on 08 8264 0292  or
The inception of the club can be traced back to 1946, and in more recent years, the club has had layouts at Mt Lofty and Islington. The present club location is at Outer Harbor. Most of the members model USA prototypes, although a few members also run Australian and European outline. Membership is limited to 30, and people with an interest in joining this club are welcome to ring. The club is constructing a large HO DCC layout on which regular running nights are now held. Meet on Wednesday nights

British Railway Modellers of Australia Inc.
South Australian Branch

Modellers of British Outline in all scales including N, OO, O Gauge and live steam.
Meet 1st Thursday night and 3rd Saturday afternoon at private members homes.
Contact Andrew Emmett  Mobile 0401 126 348, email address The British modellers publish a quarterly an Australia wide Journal called “The Clearing House”.   Australian web site

CTC Classic Train Collectors
Email Contact Curt Heinrich
Phone Curt on  08 8388 1320
Dublo Circle Email
Phone Bill Mudie 0408 080 150
Train Collectors Group meets monthly at private homes. The collectors group are interested primarily in “O” gauge and bigger scales and including electric, clockwork and steam models manufactured by the likes of Hornby, Bassett-Lowke, Bons, Bowman, Trix, Bing, Lionel, Ferris and Robuilt just to mention a few. The Dublo circle as it suggests run mainly “OO” gauge 3 rail equipment and run on most Monday evenings at private homes. Bill Mudie is also Vice-President of the Hornby Railway Collectors Association of Australia whose website can be found at

Digital Experimental Command Control of Australia Inc. DECCA 
Contact   The Coordinator.  PO  Box 995, Salisbury  SA  5108
or phone 08 8258 9628 or Email
This group is a special interest group of the National Model Railway Association.
Monthly meetings are held  in private members homes and if you are interested in going, call the coordinator. Digital Command Control (DCC) is one method used to control model railway operations using 18 volt AC and contains many features not available to older style controllers using 12 -15 volt Direct Current. Anyone with an interest in, or wanting to find out more about DCC is welcome to get in touch

Fleurieu Railway Operators Group
Telephone the Secretary John Green on 0400 291 436
Formal meetings on first Monday of month in the afternoons at the Clubrooms at the Steamranger Depot in Goolwa.  Other get togethers are on Monday and Thursday afternoons at the clubrooms to work on the club layout. New members and visitors welcome.

Marklin Model Railroad Club of South Australia.
Phone the president – Dusan on 0404 377 693 or contact the secretary -Dale on
email at    Visit the web site at
Marklin three rail HO equipment is made in Germany and therefore tends to follow European prototype. HO, N gauge and Z gauge layouts are owned by members. The club has clubrooms in the former DSTO ballroom being building number 38,
Woomera Avenue, DSTO, Edinburgh SA 5111 and is now upgrading this room.
The club meets on the second Sunday and the last Sunday afternoon of each month.

Mt Barker Model Railway Club Inc.
P.O. Box 1719, Mt Barker SA 5251  email
Contact the President, John Sheppard on 0418 845 702
The club meets on Sundays at the clubrooms situated at Fullford Reserve, Littlehampton. Persons of 12 and over are eligible to join. Club members run mainly Australian outline, but English and American outline also run. DCC operation is now used on the club layout.
Visitors are welcome after 1.30pm,, but should telephone the president first.

Noarlunga Model Railroaders Inc.
Web , email and facebook
Contact Secretary at PO Box 707, Morphett Vale South Australia 5162. Clubrooms 08 8322 7047. The Club has meetings on Tuesday evenings, Thursday afternoons, and Saturday afternoons in their own airconditioned clubrooms on Old Reynella Railway Station land. All types of HO/OO trains are run on both DC and DCC operating systems. Visitors are welcome. A monthly newsletter can be found on their website.

Port Pirie Model Railway Club
The club layout is situatued on the former railway station platform and is quite large at about 30 feet long with nine tracks running around the layout. Running days are held on the first Sunday of the month and modellers are invited to contact Paul Nitz on
08 8633 2180 or email Paul at Belinda Jackson at The Tourism and Arts Center in Port Pirie is also a contact. The clubs  layout is now owned by the center.

RTR Model Railway Group (Ready to run)
Contact Rod Williams mobile 0408 827 789
Meet most Thursday evenings at private homes. Happy to run anything on HO track.
All prototypes catered for. As the group meets at private homes, membership numbers are limited.

SANGS – South Australian N Gauge Society Inc.
Email PO Box 95, Semaphore SA 5019
Phone Chris Finney after hours on 08 8449 4620 or email
An “N” Gauge Model Railway Club that meets in their own club rooms in 118 Fletcher Road, Peterhead SA 5016  on Saturdays at midday. Members can run on the large club layout, and receive a monthly magazine. All prototypes are run at the club.

South Australian Railway Modellers Association Inc.
Contact. Secretary PO Box 4 Prospect SA 5082   Infoline 08 8411 5500
Telephone President Fred Leaper  0457 678 028 , Vice President Hugh Williams  0422 817 054 or the Secretary, David van der Linden on email at
Meetings presently held at “Log Cabin” Corner Lyons Road and Balmoral Road, Dernancourt on the second Wednesday of each month. Other activities most Wednesday evenings include construction nights where members are given assistance with model building projects. Members run all types of mainly HO/OO equipment, with a few N gauger’s enlarging a small N layout. There is encouragement to model SAR. The monthly magazine “The Buffer Stop” has been printed since the inception of the club in 1957. Visitors are welcome. Construction on the club’s new 60′ airconditioned shed has been completed and this shed will house the clubs new permanent layout. The clubs display layout will also be erected giving members somewhere to run in the interim.

South Australian Protofour Group Inc.
Meets Mondays and Saturdays from 10am at the St Kilda Tramway Museum in their new clubrooms.  Contact email
This group is an exact or fine scale model group who model both South Australian and British trains to the scales of HO and OO. Track widths for HO broad gauge is 18.34mm and for OO (standard Gauge) is 18.83mm Wheels and flangeways are very much finer than on common commercially built locomotives and rolling stock.. A P87 layout is being built at new clubrooms at St Kilda using codes 40 and 55 rail. Contact President Sam Hyde 0401 125 757 or email  The group would welcome new members.Contact the Secretary, Tom Rowbottom 08 8255 2648 or email

Whyalla Model Railway Society Inc.
PO Box 729 Whyalla SA
Meet on Tuesdays at 8pm at the Clubrooms at Fisk Street, Whyalla. Contact the President, Jim Cochrane on 0439 653 740 for further details.


See the listing of about 100 clubs around Australia prepared by The Australian Model Railway Magazine on


SteamRanger Depots at Mt Barker and Goolwa
Operate steam and diesel hauled trains and railcars between Mt Barker and Victor Harbor. Trains run on part of the line most Sundays. some Wednesdays and on school holidays. Steam locos held by SteamRanger include Pacific Nod 621 and Rx class 4-6-0 Nos 207 both of which are in working order. Rx 224, F class 4-6-2 tank loco No 251,and 520 class 4-8-4 No 520 are currently out of service although the 520 class is being worked on for the purpose of restoring the loco to working order.  Various “Red Hen” railcars, a Brill model 75 railcar, a 500 class diesel shunter and a 930 class Goodwin Alco diesel also provide motive power on the railway. Recently delivered is an 830 class Alco diesel which will be restored to working order at a later date.

Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society
Large depot at Quorn in the Flinders Ranges. Extremely well restored equipment running on 3’6″ gauge track. The society operates Steam and Diesel Hauled trains, Brill Railcars and Steam Motor between Quorn and Port Augusta. Operates in winter months and school holidays. Web. Steam locos on their roster include a T class 4-8-0, W class 4-8-2’s, an NM class 4-8-0, a steam motor coach called “The coffee pot”,
a Wx class 2-6-0  and in hopefully in the near future, a Yx class 2-6-0 is expected to be running. Operating diesels include NB, NSU and NT classes of the former Commonwealth Railways. Of more than passing interest is the news that a private individual is building a full scale replica of a Beyer Peacock 4-4-0 Z class steam loco at his house in the Adelaide Hills.  Although it is still a few years from completion, we may well see a Z class loco working on the Pichi Richi at some future date.

Cobdogla Irrigation and Steam Museum
Situated near Barmera in the Riverland at Park Terrace, Cobdogla  SA  5346 , this intriguing museum has a large steam traction engine, a “Humphrey pump” and a small “Bagnall” 2 foot gauge steam loco which operates on quite a lot of track near the museum. Open days are irregular. Contact Berri Visitor center for details of open days
or the museum can be found on the web under “Cobdogla Irrigation & Steam Museum” email

Moonta Mines Tourist Railway
A small narrow gauge line hauled behind an internal combustion lookalike steam loco of indeterminate origin. Runs between the well presented Moonta Mines Museum and the former Moonta Railway Station (now restored as a tourist information centre,) a trip of a few kilometers that takes about 50 minutes. Plenty of mine relics, a restored former horse tram that ran at Moonta, an Old school and a few old miners cottages make this area well worth a visit.  Further information from the Moonta Tourist Information Centre. 08 8825 1891

Semaphore Tourist Railway 
Operates most weekends during the warmer months. Is usually a steam hauled train on narrow gauge (457mm) track that travels two kilometers along the foreshore between the Semaphore Jetty and Fort Glanville.


National Railway Museum
Large undercover pavilions house a multitude of Locomotives, Rolling Stock and Railway paraphernalia. Historical records available for research purposes by appointment. Various steam and diesel locos and some railcars still in working order and run on special occasions. There is small railway for children to ride on. Model Railway display in main pavilion. Book shop with Railway Books, slides and Videos. Well worth a visit. The address of the Museum is 76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide. Phone 08 8341 1690.
The Museum is open seven days a week from 10am to 4-30 pm.   Web     For the casual observer or Interstate travellers using public transport, the Maritime, Aviation and Railway Museums are all within walking distance of each other at Port Adelaide. All three Museums are extremely well presented.

Port of Morgan Historic Museum
Although mainly about local history including river boats, the museum contains a few railway relics. Housed in the historic “Landseer” stone shipping agents building, the tea rooms a a former Railway building, it is worth a visit if in the area.  Morgan was a very busy Port for a few years having diverted much of the river traffic from Goolwa and Victor Harbor. Up to six freight trains a day ran from Morgan to Adelaide carrying goods including wool that had been offloaded from paddle steamers.  More information and details of open days can be found on the “Port of Morgan” web site

Port Milang Historic Railway Museum
A few pieces of Rolling Stock are displayed at the former Milang Railway Station.
The station building has been nicely restored having been salvaged from a local farm. The Museum is open on Sunday afternoons or by appointment.  The latest addition to the display is one of Australia’s first locally built diesels being a 350 class diesel shunter built at the Islington workshops in the late 1940’s. Telephone 08 8537 0499. Web enter “Port Milang Historic Railway Museum”

Steamtown Heritage Railway Centre – Peterborough South Australia
Has quite a large collection of narrow gauge locos and rolling stock stored in and around the Peterborough heritage listed roundhouse of 23 bays. The collection has been established as a Static Railway Museum and is open daily except Christmas day. Particularly popular is the evening light and sound display, but contact the museum for details as to the frequency of this display.
Telephone 08 8651 2173 Web enter “Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre”

Old Tailem Town
This large village of over 100 buildings is situated a few kilometers west of Tailem Bend on the main freeway. Old Tailem Town is a collection of older shops, houses ,churches, a railway station and some rolling stock, and each building is chock full of displays and collectables. A remarkable display considering the few people involved. A most interesting day can be spent wandering around the large collection of buildings and display items. Plenty of buildings to use as prototypes for modelling. Open 10am to 5pm daily except Christmas day.
Web enter “Old Tailem Town” Telephone 08 8572 3838.

Tailem Bend Railway Station Building
The former railway station building in the main street of Tailem Bend is now used as a Tourist Information Centre.  Part of the building houses an interesting collection of Railway photos and other exhibits.

St Kilda Tramway Museum
Quite a large collection of beautifully restored tramcars, most of which are in good working order. Situated on the road to St Kilda Beach ( which runs off the Port Wakefield road about 20 kilometers north of Adelaide), admission to the Museum includes unlimited rides on the trams that travel about two kilometers between the Tram Museum and the foreshore at St. Kilda. The terminus is situated next to a large children’s adventure playground. The museum is open Sunday afternoons. Possibly open in School holidays, but check. Recommend a visit.
Web site at

Jamestown Railway Station and Goods Shed Museum.
Most of the objects on display which have been donated by local residents to this National Trust Museum relate to non-railway subjects. Of particular interest to Railway Enthusiasts is the oldest preserved South Australian Broad Gauge Passenger Carriage stored in the Goods Shed. Built in November 1882, originally a Cleminson passenger car numbered 105, it was converted to a bogie passenger car, then to an Ambulance Car in 1914. After being used as single men’s quarters at Booleroo Centre, the broad gauge car is now displayed on narrow gauge bogies. The Museum is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am to 4pm and on Sundays from 2pm to 4 pm.
Phone 08 8664 0026
Web enter “Jamestown Railway Station and Goods Shed Museum”

Port Lincoln Railway Museum
Run by the Eyre Peninsula Railway Preservation Society Inc., whose address is PO Box 2736, Port Lincoln South Australia 5606, the Museum is housed in part of the Railway Station Building at Port Lincoln. Numerous articles of Railway interest are on display and the museum also contains the J.D.Somerville reading room which houses research material and photographic displays. The Museum is open on Wednesdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 1pm to 4pm. e-mail or phone Peter Knife 08 8684 3647

Loxton Historical Village
A very well maintained and presented village made up from old buildings brought in from the surrounding area. Included in the display is a church, a school, a bank, a number of shops, old farm equipment, a station shelter shed, a few other railways relics as well as a preserved Rx class locomotive and tender (No 55). Situated near the river at the end of the main street, the Museum is well worth a visit if in the Riverland. Open every day. Web search “Loxton Historical Village”

Millicent National Trust “Living History” Museum
An interesting collection including some very well presented horse drawn vehicles. For the railway enthusiasts, a 4-8-0 narrow gauge T Class loco and tender (T224) is also nicely preserved at the museum. Situated at 1 Mount Gambier Road, Millicent, the museum is open every day of the week. Telephone 8733 3205
If searching on the web, enter “Millicent Museum”

Port Pirie National Trust Museum
Situated in the former Railway Station Building and old Customs House in the main street of Port Pirie, the Victorian “Pavilion Style” station building itself is well worth a look, let alone the exhibits. Closed in 1967 when the trains stopped running down the main street of Port Pirie, the station building is now owned by the National Trust. Given that Port Pirie had three gauges of railway for over 30 years, there is a rich and interesting railway history, snippets of which can be found in the museum. There is also plenty to be found on the Ports shipping historyA preserved 0-6-0 BHAS Barclay steam loco is also on display in the museum. Open every day except Christmas day.
73-77 Ellen Street, Port Pirie. Phone 08 8632 3435. Web enter “Port Pirie Museum”

Other railway relics in the form of locomotives in various states of disrepair can be found at Kapunda Children’s playground (Rx 5); Nuriootpa park (Rx 217); Tailem Bend Station area (Rx 201); Victor Harbor Children’s playground (Rx 191); Gawler Railway Station (F 230 or F177?); Murray Bridge Wharf area (Rx 160); Naracoorte Park narrow gauge 0-4-4 loco (V9); Kadina Park (Rx231); Port Augusta Homestead Park 0-6-0 Barclay Tank called “Passchendale”


Chris’s Commonwealth Railways pages
Chris Drymalik’s Commonwealth Railways (and others) pages contain a multitude of information and photos. In particular, photos of many passenger carriages and freight wagons can be found on this web site. Chris has also added quite a bit of information about Australian national Railways, Great Southern Railways and the South Austra.lian Railways. The site can be found at

Inprotrans now trades in a shop on the Main North Road.  Full details are:-
Trading as “Refreshing Memories”  438a Main North Road, Blair Athol  SA 5084 Telephone 08 7225 8516.  Mark O’Malley used to look after and provide modellers with plans of South Australian locos, rolling stock and buildings which were housed at the Islington Workshops. Mark can still be contacted for Drawing Information on where to access various plans and diagrams.

Great Southern Railways
Operates Passenger trains including the Ghan between Adelaide & Darwin, the Indian Pacific between Sydney and Perth via Adelaide, and the Overland between Adelaide and Melbourne.

Pacific National, Toll Holdings, SCT Logistics, Aurizon, Genisee and Wyoming and Balco Australia
All operate various Freight Services within South Australia and all can be found on the internet by typing in the appropriate name,

Adelaide Metro
South Australian passenger transport web site with information on all public transport around Adelaide. Recommended are rides on the O’Bahn busway to the Tea Tree Gully shopping centre and the Glenelg Tram which now runs the full length of King William Street and part of North Terrace out as far as the Entertainment Centre at Hindmarsh. Glenelg has beaches, a jetty, lots of shops and eating places. Travelling anywhere from North Terrace to South Terrace on the tram is free. The best train ride is probably up to Belair through the foothills. Best views are from the right hand side of the train as it travels up into the hills.

The Dutton Bay Tramway
As you might expect from a person who works for Computer Associates, John Dennis’ website is not only well set out, it is a wealth of information about his layout, numerous photographs and photo galleries are also on display. The site also has a number of links to other Narrow Gauge sites in particular.

Another private web site, presented by Peter Knife who is a computer programmer, about modelling the narrow gauge, especially the station of Minnipa on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. A wealth of information on Narrow Gauge Railways of the Eyre Peninsula can be found on this site including Photos of all of the different types of Rolling Stockthat ran on this isolated line. Peter Knife has also published two excellent books on the narrow gauge railways of the Eyre Peninsula including “Peninsula Pioneer” and “Peninsula Memories”. These books contain a large number of photos useful for modelling purposes.

Lionel Nobles’ photographic web site
If your interest is in South Australian Railways Narrow Gauge operations, Lionel has placed on the internet, quite a few photos of Locos, rolling stock, and some station infrastructure.   The website is well worth a look at.

Australian Society of Section car Operators
a group who occasionally get permission to run a number of section cars
(read gangers trolleys of three or four wheels) on railway lines.

Johnny’s Pages – Old SAR shunter.
A number of historic SAR photos can be found on this website of aust/

Terowie North
An extremely well presented website showing some of the best railway modelling in South Australia.   One of many highly detailed layouts that Gavin Thrum has been involved in, this layout will be 25 this year and will probably be on display at the AMRE model railway exhibition to be held at Greyhound park in June 2016.  Search “Terowie North”

South Australian Retired Railway Employees Club Inc

Meet fortnightly in the City.

Victor Harbor Horse Tramway
Horse drawn double decker trams are run between the foreshore at Victor Harbor
and Granite Island, a distance of about two kilometers. The broad gauge trams are modelled on the originals which used to operate in Victor Harbor up to the early 1950’s.
The horse trams run most days leaving about every 40 minutes – more often at peak periods – contact the Victor Harbor Tourist Information Centre.




Adelaide Miniature Steam Railway Society
370 Regency Road, Prospect SA 5082 or P.O. Box 205, Prospect SA 5082
Large 5″ gauge railway with plenty of marshalling yards, turntable, etc.
Runs scratch built rolling stock behind live steam locomotives and the club also has riding trucks for members of public to ride on.
Public running days are on the 4th Sunday afternoon of each month. Usually in “Whats on” column in Saturday’s paper.

Clare Valley Model Engineers Inc
Melrose Park, White Hut Road, Clare South Australia 5453
Telephone Don Springbet 08 8842 3075 PO Box 906, Clare SA 5453
Melrose park contains a lake, playground, BMX bike track and walking paths.
November to March, twilight running on 2nd and 4th Saturdays
April to October, running on 2nd and 4th Sunday afternoons.

Morphett Vale Railway Inc
Wilfred Taylor Reserve, Wheatsheaf Road, Morphett Vale SA 5162
Telephone John on 0418 859 857 or contact the secretary Jeff Hague at PO Box 743, Morphett Vale SA 5162 Telephone 08 8387 6564. A large 7.25″ gauge railway capable of taking the largest live steam models there are in this gauge. Features a long main line run of around 1.6 km. No entrance fees, so public pay for the rides. Open days for the public are advertised in the “What’s on” column of the Advertiser.

Penfield Model Engineers Society
Woomera Road, Edinburgh Parks SA 5111
Public running days are on the last Sunday afternoon of each month except December.
Secretary Lynn Venning 08 8261 6031. PO Box 792, Salisbury SA 5108
Extensive track work of nearly 2 kilometers in 5″ and 7.25″ gauges as well as a large G scale garden railway that operates using either live steam or battery powered locos.
Roseworthy Railways Inc
Roseworthy Campus of the University of Adelaide on Mudla Wirra Road, Roseworthy.
Secretary 08 8264 1997 or PO Box 208, Modbury North SA 5092
7.25″ gauge track. Public running days are on the 3rd Sunday afternoon of each month
during April to November and evening running on the 3rd Saturday of each month during the period January to March.

South Australian Society of Model & Experimental Engineers Inc
Millswood Crescent, Millswood SA 5034
Telephone 08 8293 6537 Publicity Officer. PO Box 208, Goodwood SA 5034
Public running days are first Sunday and third Saturday afternoon of each month.
Live steam trains can run on three different gauges. An admission fee is payable, but an unlimited number of rides is then available to the public. A lake is also used by a growing number of model boat enthusiasts. Group bookings for birthday parties etc. taken..

Other Model engineering societies
Look at the Australian listing on


Orient Express Model Railway Shop
2 King William Road, Unley SA 5061 Telephone 08 8271 7861
Ask for Fred. Good selection of European and Australian Model Trains.
This shop only stocks model railway equipment, and have started to produce their own ready to run injection molded plastic models of South Australian Railways rolling stock. So far, the OB bogie open wagon, the Obf four wheel open wagon, the Dwf four wheel louvre van, the M class bogie box car and the D class bogie louvre van (Victoria has similar vans coded DF)  models have been released. A number of M class box cars with billboards on the side are currently being produced. The SAR “Centenary” passenger cars will be the next model to be released, expected release date being June 2016.  The shop is open on Monday to Saturday.

Junction Models
Shop 4, 449 Main North Road Enfield SA 5085 Telephone 08 8349 7464
Ask for Brian. Stock lots of different types of model railway equipment including
Australian, British and American prototypes. Open every day except Public Holidays.
This shop stocks any available kits from the Broad Gauge Body range.

End of the line Hobbies
78 Ocean Street, Victor Harbor SA 5211 Telephone 08 8552 7900
Open on Wednesday to Sunday. A very good selection of Australian model railway equipment in the shop including many of their own kits of South Australian prototype. Plenty of cars, planes and kits also available. Ask for Paul.  A quick count in January 2016 showed that there were at least 30 different high quality ready to run Australian diesels on display ( all with RP25 wheels and KD couplers)

South Australian Hobby Centre
234 Pulteney Street, Adelaide SA 5000 Telephone 08 8232 0080
Open Mondays to Saturdays from 10.30am. A few train sets available.

Hobby Habit 
Have a large hobby shop at 144 Daws Road, Melrose Park. SA as well as a smaller shop on the Main North Road.. Model car enthusiasts should check out the racing tracks behind the shop at Melrose Park. Although dealing mainly with model cars, there are plenty of other plastic kits and some model railway equipment in stock.