Welcome to Eltham Model Railway Club

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).

Currently EMRC is constructing 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. More information about past exhibitions.

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

Club News

Community BBQ at Bunnings

The EMRC crew were at it again running a BBQ at Bunnings in Eltham.

Standard Gauge G Crossover Deck Cut

At yesterday’s working bee, the standard gauge crossover deck was cut out.

Working Bee Report, August 2018

Read about the progress of the exhibition working bee, held most Thursdays.

Shelf Layout’s Short Fixed

Doug and Glenn started have doing Thursday mornings again working on the Shelf Layout in the EMRC clubrooms.

The Grand Tour 2018 – part 8

This is the last Tour report for now. I have attempted to slow down, however the last two weeks have flown by with lots of things happening.

The Grand Tour 2018 – part 7

I have spent 5 days at a lovely cottage, Riding Hills Farm, near Hexham in Northumberland exploring Hadrian’s Wall and associated Roman forts It is hard to imagine that these were built in 122AD with the walls being 4 metres tall.

The Grand Tour 2018 – part 6

Steve & Carolyn on narrow boat Emmaus stopped to say good bye as the headed off towards the Crick Boat show. We soon headed on our way back to the marina through a couple of lift bridges after a great week in good company.

The Grand Tour 2018 – part 5

What a great week we are having. Whilst staying with David Nottage at his home in Shotley Gate we organized to hire a 47 foot narrow boat for a week from Anglo Welsh Boats starting at Tardebigge near Bromsgrove.

The Grand Tour 2018 – part 4

I have just finished having a wonderful week in Cumbria. I wanted to spend some time walking through the fels (hills) of the Lake District but staying away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist areas. I found a lovely cottage in Troutbeck and booked it for a week.

The Grand Tour 2018 – part 3

I made my way to Hawes and after a good night’s sleep I borrowed instructions for one of the walks in the area and headed off. I had only gone a short distance and received a big shock.

The Grand Tour 2018 – part 2

I have been working my way through my ‘bucket list’ of things I wanted to see and do. After the Norfolk Steam Train Tour I had to go to Weston-Super-Mare to see a company that is adding sound decoders to 18 of my locomotives and using the best soundtracks available.

The Grand Tour 2018 – part 1

Melbourne – Perth – Heathrow Aboard the all new Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner. I enjoyed the whole flight. It was on time. The food was really good, especially the breakfast as we were getting close to Heathrow.

Grand Opening for Leith Park’s Model Railway

Last year Doug Willett and I helped Leith Park to build a model railway from equipment donated by a family. Last December was the Grand Opening.

New Layout for Leith Park

Doug Willett was approached by Adrian from Leith Park Retirement Community about what to do with a large collection of model railway equipment that had just recently been left to them.

Shelf Layout Progress, DCC and Scenery

The shelf layout is progressing well. The electrical duplication of the rails underneath the layout is almost done.

EMRC at Hurstbridge

EMRC placed a small stand at the recent exhibition put on by Yarra Valley Model Railway Club at Hurstbridge over the Easter weekend in 2013.

Hornby live steam demo

The closest I have come to seeing one of these Hornby live locos going.

Walhalla Goldfields Trip

This was taken on a trip to Walhalla. The Walhalla Goldfields Railway railway is well worth a ride. Watching the rugged scenery go by you can’t help admiring how they built and then restored the line.