© 2019 Tauranga Model Railway Club Incorporated


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.

TMRC-Intro 01-Family.jpg

Fun for all ages.

TMRC-About Insert 02.jpg

Learn new techniques.

TMRC-Intro 03-Family.jpg

Something for all the family.

About Us

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.


“Model Railways!
It’s where imagination comes alive!”

TMRC-About Insert 01.jpg

Diesel running on the new Katikati layout.

TMRC-About Insert 04.jpg

An english themed layout in
OO scale.

TMRC-About Insert 02.jpg

Steam locomotive crossing the stream north of Katikati.

TMRC-About Insert 05.jpg

The TMR Club Drive a Train layout.

TMRC-About Insert 03.jpg

The Katikati layout is S scale, and fully landscaped.

TMRC-About Insert 06.jpg

Some members are modelling
in O scale.

Members are working hard to get our new Stourbridge Layout scenery ready for the January show

Market Stourbridge - OO Scale

Stourbridge Road - 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.

Current layouts:

  • Katikati (NZR – S gauge)

  • Stourbridge (English 00 gauge)

  • English (N gauge)

  • Raurimu Spiral (NZR – N gauge)

  • Drive a Train (H0 – 00) 


Club Library

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.

  • Shunting Puzzle
    This provides the older children with a more challenging shunting puzzle.

  • Other Layouts
    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:

  • Design

  • Carpentry

  • Buildings

  • Computing

  • Construction

  • Craftwork

  • Electronics

  • Friendship 

  • Geography

  • History

  • Kit construction

  • Painting

  • Scale

  • People

  • Research

  • Scenery

  • Prototype practice


News & Upcoming Events


Current Club Activities Schedule


Informal Club working bee.

9.30am – 12 noon (approx.)


Club Night.

7.15pm – 9.30pm (approx.)

Annual Summer Model Train Show

TMRC will hold their annual Model Train Show and exhibition in 2020. It is to be held at the Mount College, 565 Maunganui Road, Tauranga.

The club show is fast approaching. The club is delighted to have secured several new layouts that have not been seen in Tauranga before.

Come and see them, and some well known favourites such as Thomas the Tank Engine and Drive a Train.

TMRC looks forward to entertaining railway enthusiasts and the general public at Tauranga’s premier model train show.

Open to the public:
Saturday  18th January 2020. 10am – 4.30pm

Sunday    19th January 2020. 10am – 4.30pm

Adults:     $7.00

Children: $3.00

Family:    $20.00 (2 x Adults and up to 3 Children)


Our Sponsors 

The TMR Club wishes to thank the following sponsors:

TMRC-Sponsor 02-Lion.png
TMRC-Sponsor 03-Pub Charity.png

Contact Us

For any enquiries, questions or suggestions, please fill out the below form.

Club rooms

Club Rooms
Old Port Building
Corner of Mirrielees & Cross Roads
Tauranga, New Zealand


Mike Oldfield   021 939 233

Rod Grainger   027 8000 460