The 21st annual Modelling the Railways of South Australia Convention will be held at the Medical Lecture Theatre and Tutorial Rooms of the Flinders Medical Centre on Saturday 3 September 2016, using the same lecture theatre as we had for 2015. Doors open at 8am for those who wish to register early, check out the commercial stands or to look at the models on display.  Formal proceedings start at 9am and are timed to finish around 5pm.   If you get lost in the Hospital, be sure to ask for directions to “the medical lecture theatres”

The convention area can be reached from the southern end of the hospital. The car park at the southern end of the Hospital that we have used in previous years is now a building site, so an announcement will be made closer to Convention date as to how and where we are to access parking. Follow our signs at the southern end of the Hospital to the area used for the convention. Included in the convention fee is morning and afternoon teas, a hot lunch in the canteen, and approximately 200 pages of Convention notes which will again include a number of colour photos. Three-ring folders are available to file the notes in and, together with previous years’ notes including an updated index, they form a considerable reference library of over 3200 pages. The first 15 years notes are also now available on discs from most model railway shops in Adelaide  for around $75.00. See our links page for a list of South Australian Model Railway shops.

The Program for 2016 will include sessions on:-

Railcars   Continuing with the series on railcars,  2016 will include papers on the 2000 series railcars that have now ceased service in South Australia. Apart from a reprint of the late Kim Bird’s excellent article first published in the ARHS Bulletin, Peter Michalak will update the paper and present the history of the railcars up to their withdrawal date. Plans of the railcars will also be included in the paper, and for those modellers who don’t want to scratch build a 2000 class railcar, model kits are available from End of the Line hobbies at Victor Harbor.

Station.   Whilst Murray Bridge has been the topic of some very detailed notes, plans and an article from Rod Barrington in previous years, we are returning to this station to see how it has been modelled in N scale.  Malcolm Jenkins will be discussing the construction of the model and of the Bridge

Whyalla and its steelworks are home to an extremely interesting collection of both standard gauge and narrow gauge railways.  Author and railway historian David Griffiths who has previously written a book about the railways in Whyalla will be presenting a paper on this topic to the Convention. Expect a number of plans of locomotives and rolling stock that worked the narrow gauge lines in particular.

Terowie North is a particulary well known model railway layout featuring both the broad gauge and narrow gauge railway systems of South Australia. Virtually all of the buildings, locos and rolling stock have been hand made and this layout features a few classes of loco that have never been seen on any other display layout.  2016 marks the layouts 25th anniversary and “Master Modeller”  Gavin Thrum will be giving a presentation about the layout and its rolling stock.

Lineside.  Departmental barracks and/ or houses could be found next to a large number of country railway stations and formed an important part of the railway infrastructure in South Australia.  David Goedecke will be talking about these buildings of which many were uniquely South Australian in design.  This will be a timely paper, as most of these building are fast disappearing having either rotted away, been bulldozed or sold off to private individuals.

Locomotives  Originally, the talk was scheduled to be on 830 class diesel locos, however we are still looking for someone to give this presentation. In the absence of a volunteer, a presentation will  be given on the South Australian Railways 4-8-2 & 2-8-4 Beyer Peacock 400 class narrow gauge Garratts of the South Australian Railways.  The ten garratts built by the Societe Franco – Belge Raismed, Nord, France for Beyer Peacock in 1951 received more than their fair share of photographic interest when they were brought out of retirement in 1969 to help operate the narrow gauge line from Cockburn to Port Pirie in the absence of the 830 class diesels which had been taken out of service for gauge conversion purposes. A new standard gauge line between Broken Hill and Port Pirie replaced the narrow gauge line in January 1970.  Peter Manning has drawn up some very detailed plans of these Garratts and these plans will be included in the paper.

Modelling – Getting the details right.   Part 3 of this series by Don Bishop will be about “Getting buildings on to the layout”.  Don gets “hands on” putting the techniques set out in his previous articles into practice and illustrating them with some examples which includes a superb model of a large industrial complex and a multi user siding  which is situated next to a wharf.