About Us

The Eltham Model Railway Club, a small, but enthusiastic organisation based in the outer northern suburbs of Melbourne, perhaps best known for their exhibition layout Murranbilla, described in AMRM Issue 258 (June 2006), is starting construction of a new exhibition layout, based on the Victorian north east mainline to Albury.

We are currently seeking to increase our membership, especially of those with the interest and expertise to expedite construction of the new layout. If this sounds like you, contact the club via email info@elthammrc.org.au or please phone: 0416 277 783.


We have participated in many exhibitions, most being located in the Melbourne Metropolitan area. Country exhibitions have included Stawell and Ballarat. To date Canberra is the only interstate exhibition EMRC has participated in. For more information about past exhibitions please go to the Exhibitions link above.

Exhibition participation will not resume until the new layout is completed.

Club History

Mark with the early stages of the Pine Ridge layout.

Originally called The Eltham Model Railway Circle the club was formed in 1980, when past president Chris Rogers, realising a lack of a model railway club in the north eastern suburbs of Melbourne, advertised in the Diamond Valley News, for a gathering of all those people interested in the hobby. The enthusiastic response resulted in the formation of the club. At first meetings were held in various members’ homes, but eventually the club moved into a permanent home in a refurbished section of a fruit packing shed on the orchard property of one of the members.

Work then commenced on a portable exhibition layout, a small end to end layout, that only saw one public showing. Late in 1982 the members decided to build a larger permanent one, into which it was decided to incorporate sections of this exhibition layout.

Name Change

Around the year 2000 the name was changed to Eltham Model Railway Club so that it was more explanatory what the group was about. That is, a model railway club with a goal to promote the hobby as widely as possible in the local area.

Loss of Club Room’s

In September 2005 EMRC’s landlord wanted to redo the sheds (club rooms) and we had to vacate the site.

We had until October to run the layout and say goodbye to some twenty five years at Pine Ridge.

In November we had to remove the layout so that we could be out by December. The layout was removed preserving as many pieces of it as possible. Various sections are at member’s houses awaiting the time when EMRC again has a permanent place to stay.

A change of crew at Broughton. Here we have Glenn helping Doug at the controls. Roger and Kyle are in the background.

A change of crew at Broughton. Here we have Glenn helping Doug at the controls. Roger and Kyle are in the background.

A New Location for EMRC

January 2006 saw us move into some temporary club-rooms that the Nillumbik Council kindly found for us. The new club rooms also brought three new members into the club. Apart from running and working on the exhibition layout, club members have been busy making many things in our workshop room. Members have done spray painting, weathering, coach detailing, trestle making, kit building, layout design, etc.

In 2007 year EMRC took on a project getting a donated Model layout to a Special Needs house working.

In 2008 We are still around. We still participate in model railway shows; currently a new exhibition layout is under construction. Our member numbers have now increased to 20 strong. We are slowly working through the planning for a NEW exhibition layout, which will be more ambitious and larger than our current one.


First Operational Layout, Pine Ridge

The railway has progressed to a fully operational layout located in the original club rooms near Hurstbridge.

Exhibition Layouts

By the mid 1990’s the club began construction of an exhibition layout. The exhibition layout had it’s first public showing at the Strathmore Model Railway Exhibition held over August 1999.


Murranbilla was touring exhibitions with EMRC from 1999 until 2010 when it was sold to the Murray Railway Modellers.

The club layout has been extended over the years and continues to operate well, read on for more information.

Murranbilla at AMRA, Box Hill. June 2002.

Murranbilla at AMRA, Box Hill


EMRC is currently constructing a new exhibition layout set around the Victorian and NSW border where much dual gauge track could be found.

Until the layout is done, expected to be around 2020, EMRC will not be exhibiting a layout. More information about exhibitions.

EMRC's new exhibition layout is taking shape, October 2016.

Pranjip staging construction

Fund Raising

EMRC's turn at running a BBQ at Bunnings Eltham.

EMRC’s turn at running a BBQ at Bunnings Eltham.

Further Reading