Home of the 2018 NZAMRC Rails 'n Sails Convention (Updated December 14)


Update December 14, 2017

John Parkin and Mark Jackson have stepped back from the organization of the convention. This has meant a re-organization of the convention committee. The committee is now

Chairperson: Philip Sharp. Send Philip email

Clinic Chair: Karen Kox. Send Karen email

Chair for the layout tours: James Kelso. Send James email

Chair for the layouts at the venue: Davlyn Brider. Send Davlyn email

Coordinator for the trade and display tables: Patrick McMillan. Send Patrick email

Webmaster: Philip Sharp. See above.

Update May 21, 2017

We have added a preliminary page for the clinics.

Update April 21, 2017

We have added separate pages for the NZAMRC competitions, the layout tours, the prototypical tour and the switchlist session. We will be adding information to these pages reasonably frequently. We will also be adding other pages such as those for clinics and the shunting competition.

Update April 18, 2017

We emailed out the the first announcement for the convention today. Our current email list for this mail out was that used for the 2016 convention. If you did not receive a copy of the announcement and would like to receive future announcements, you can complete the sign up page to have your email address added.

Update December 16, 2016

The NSMRC committee has made the following appointments for positions on the convention executive.

Chairperson: John Parkin. John has served on the NSMRC committee for several years and is the NSMRC treasurer. Send John email

Secretary: Philip Sharp. Philip started model railroading mid 2015 and was recently elected to the NSMRC committee. Send Philip email

Treasurer: John Parkin. See above.

Layout tour planner: Mark Jackson. Mark is a long serving member of the club and is currently the club's vice-president and immediate past president. Send Mark email

Webmaster: Philip Sharp. See above.

October, 2016

Every two years, the New Zealand Association of Model Railway Clubs (NZAMRC) holds a national convention that is open to all model railroaders, irrespective of their prototype. The hosting and much of the organisation and running of these conventions is done by a local club. The next convention is in 2018 and will be hosted by the North Shore Model Railway Club (NSMRC).

This webpage will contain regular updates on the convention. Planning has already begun and some decisions made:

Dates and times: 8am Friday 30 March to noon Monday 2 April, 2018. This is Easter weekend. If you are interested in attending the convention, please mark these dates in your calendar now. The venue will be open before and after the convention to enable traders, layout presenters and others to setup and take down as required.

Venue: The Netball North Harbour complex near the State Highway 1 - Northcote off-ramp on the North Shore, Auckland. There is a very large auditorium that will hold many trade stands and portable layouts, as well as a lounge for socializing, rooms for clinics, and a restaurant area for the awards dinner.

Activities: Although the planning of the convention program is still in its infancy, there will be at least the following activities

  • Several small-group layout tours
  • At least one prototypical tour
  • Clinics, both passive and hands-on
  • The biennial NZAMRC modelling competitions
  • Portable layouts at the venue for train running
  • Trade stands
  • An awards presentation
  • A buy, sell and swap table
  • AGMs
  • A switch list session that includes two unforeseen setbacks
  • A shunting competition
  • A guest speaker
  • A partners' program
  • A demonstration of live steam locomotives by members of the Auckland G Scale Society

We also hope to have

  • Meet-ups of Special Interest Groups - the organisation of these will be left mostly to the groups themselves



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