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.
An english themed layout in
Steam locomotive crossing the stream north of Katikati.
The TMR Club Drive a Train layout.
The Katikati layout is S scale, and fully landscaped.
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.
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
Current Club Activities Schedule
Informal Club working bee.
9.30am – 12 noon (approx.)
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
Family: $20.00 (2 x Adults and up to 3 Children)
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