Create your own world in miniature.
Modelling a railway is not just about railways, it is also about learning new skills. It’s about knowledge of the railway prototype (the real thing), capturing the mood and setting of a real railway in miniature.
It is also about making new friends and having fun. The Tauranga Model Railway Club (TMR Club) can show you how rewarding and satisfying modelling a railway can be.
The modelling choice is timeless and endless … You can choose to model the railways of Britain, Europe, Canada, the USA, Australia and of course New Zealand, or anywhere you like. There are a variety of scales and systems to choose from; analogue or digital (DCC) operation, early steam, diesel or modern electric. You decide the period and the Club can help you get there.
Fun for all ages.
Learn new techniques.
Something for all the family.
The Club provides the opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to participate in the hobby for the social and recreational benefits it provides.
The objectives of the club include:
Educating people on the technical and practical skills of model railways.
Encouraging like-minded individuals to meet together for the purpose of social interaction and sharing the knowledge of model railways.
Expanding and enhancing the resources available to model railways in Tauranga specifically, and within other areas and other groups.
Participate and actively promote projects in order to achieve Club objectives.
The TMR club is a place that attracts enthusiasts who have a passion for model railways, and provides the opportunity for people to master skills, learn and enjoy both the creative and technical aspects of the hobby.
It’s where imagination comes alive!”
Diesel running on the new Katikati layout.
Steam locomotive crossing the stream north of Katikati.
The Katikati layout is S scale, and fully landscaped.
An english themed layout in
The TMR Club Drive a Train layout.
Some members are modelling
in O scale.
Stourbridge Road View to Main Line Station Platforms- OO Scale
Market Stourbridge - Dairy Factory & Station Platform - OO Scale
Stourbridge Road - Street to Canal Basin & Warehouses - OO Scale
Click on the link below to view a video of our Katikati Layout:
Stourbridge Road - Village Street Scene - OO Scale
Several of the club layouts.
The club library and social area.
Club members exhibit the club layouts at other model railways shows throughout the North Island.
Our Club Activities
There are a range of layouts and activities that the Club offers its members and visitors.
Katikati (NZR – S gauge)
Stourbridge (English 00 gauge)
English (N gauge)
Raurimu Spiral (NZR – N gauge)
Drive a Train (H0 – 00)
A large modelling and trains reference library is available including books, magazines and CD/DVD’s, with viewing facilities.
Some of our popular activities are:
Drive a Train
This provides children with the opportunity to drive a 3.5mm (H0) train along a 16mm gauge track. Children can run replicas of NZ Rail locomotives, coaches and wagons.
This provides the older children with a more challenging shunting puzzle.
Several model railway layouts built by club members, are constructed on site so that technical skills and knowledge can be applied in prototypical practice; e.g. electrical, track laying, scenery and buildings, and structures.
Model Railways Involves:
News & Upcoming Events
Further to Saturday's Government message regarding the over 70s, the Executive Committee has decided that there will be no club meetings for the foreseeable future. We will continue to monitor the situation & take our guidance from the Government.
The club rooms are now closed to all members unless authorised by a member of the Executive Committee.
Please stay safe & take care of yourselves as well as your family & neighbours.
Current Club Activities Schedule
Club Rooms are now closed & club meetings suspended for the foreseeable future.
Informal Club working bee.
9.30am – 12 noon (approx.)
Third Tuesday of every month:
Club Running Night
7.15pm – 9.30pm (approx.)
7.15pm – 9.30pm (approx.)
Up Coming Events
Anzac Weekend 25th & 26th April - Cancelled.
March 10th - Cancelled.
Annual Summer Model Train Show
TMRC held a very successful annual Model Train Show and exhibition in January 2020.
Here are a couple of pictures of the show:
For any enquiries, questions or suggestions, please fill out the below form.
Old Port Building
Corner of Mirrielees & Cross Roads
Tauranga, New Zealand
Mike Oldfield 021 939 233
Rod Grainger 027 8000 460