About our shed
Model railroading is one of the world's most popular hobbies and is enjoyed by people of all ages in many countries. A model railway isn't just a train set but an attempt to re-create a real-life location in miniature. Model railroading nurtures a wide range of skills such as problem-solving beginning with researching different railways and rolling stock. A great deal of skill goes into the planning of a layout. Woodworking skills are required to lay track and then electrical skills to install all the wiring successfully.
The Club conducts triannual model railway display and sale days as its major fundraisers. These events are strongly supported by local residents, both young and old, and by model railroading enthusiasts from across southeast Queensland. The Club has fully operational N scale and HO scale model railway layouts. Attendance numbers range anywhere between 350 and 500 patrons for each event.
Club members enjoy running sessions, hobby-related shopping trips, visiting other clubs and model railway exhibitions together. The club has a layout recovery program where members help each other get their home layouts developed as quickly as possible for the benefit of all. Most of the members have scale model layouts of various gauges depicting interests from across the world. Club members are also particularly interested in the historical aspects of the local railways operated around the Sunshine Coast. We also accept donations from deceased estates to recover, repair and display memories of their loved one's favourite hobby.
Model Railways design, planning, building, wiring and running a range of DC and DCC locomotives.
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Men’s Sheds across Australia (that's more Men's Sheds than Macca's restaurants!)
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The first Men's Shed was established in 1993 (Goolwa, South Australia)
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