© 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 02.jpg

Steam locomotive crossing the stream north of Katikati.

TMRC-About Insert 03.jpg

The Katikati layout is S scale, and fully landscaped.

TMRC-About Insert 04.jpg

An english themed layout in
OO scale.

TMRC-About Insert 05.jpg

The TMR Club Drive a Train layout.

TMRC-About Insert 06.jpg

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.

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



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.


Thank you.


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.)


Club Night.

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:


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