**JOIN OUR NEXT RUNNING DAY 27TH JANUARY 2019**
and every last Sunday of the month this year! Gear up for great ground roots growth for the club on our new site~!
CHMR Inc foundation story..... we are a new and emerging club looking for new members... read our story here..
📷📷Coffs Harbour Miniature Railway was founded in August 2016 by 4 railway enthusiasts who have the vision of creating a miniature railway attraction for Coffs Harbour locals and visitors to enjoy alike. The club vision is based on a multi-faceted purpose: It will be a hub for hobby train enthusiasts young and old and grow to serve as community gathering space with unique entertainment in beautiful natural surroundings.
Passenger carrying miniature railways enjoy popularity in all areas of the world. Australia currently has 50 miniature and model engineering railways’ in regular operation. These railways are most often run by not-for-profit organisations and made up of interested volunteer members. The governing body for miniature railways is called the Australian Association of Live Steamers (AALS) who sets standards and procedures and also provides public liability coverage. Coffs Harbour Miniature Railways is an approved AALS member and holds current Public Liability Insurance.
OUR portable 5” gauge track and 2 electric locos built this year are just the start of bigger & better things to come. Stage 2 of our club plan has been achieved successfully working with the council to open the doors to the public. That’s you!
Stage 3 is becoming a reality - working on a piece of community land to call our railway home and help make a vision a reality. A place where people can feel welcome, have fun, learn and grow. We are a non for profit club and would love to hear from you if you have a couple of hours a month to contribute to this organisation set up for the Coffs Coast Community .
NEXT STAGE - BRING ON THE STEAM TRAINS :) With a place to call home, Coffs Harbour Miniature Railway can start to (finally) let off some steam! We are keen to set up a Steaming Bay and get the "real deal" steam trains running on our tracks this year!
2019 will be a big year of growth and also a year where we NOW MORE THAN EVER need to have interested members come on board. Many skills are needed to run a volunteer organisation - everything from engineering locos and tracks to selling tickets and greeting our visitors. New smiles always welcome. Jump on the fast track to your journey and direct your enquiries by email to email@example.com
This year will also help determine our future viability. Our club has gathered momentum. We have grown from 4 members to 10 members, holding years of experience with successful miniature railway associations such as Diamond Valley Railway (DVR) and other smaller regional clubs around NSW such as Wauchope. We have used DVR as an example of how a miniature railway can become a big part of a community. Please visit webpage www.dvr.com.au
CHMR members both own steam locomotives, diesel & electric locos and would love the opportunity to run them in an established space. We require members of all skill levels to join our mission.
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