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 Posted: Sat Dec 15th, 2012 12:48 pm
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To early to ask for pictures too far to fly in for a weekend...;)Make shure you post a lot of pics Dan !



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 Posted: Sat Dec 15th, 2012 05:10 pm
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Looking forward to seeing how this turns out, keep us posted!



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 Posted: Mon Jan 21st, 2013 05:54 am
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Hi all,

Jumping in again for some of the latest updates and reminders for the 11th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention, being held in Melbourne this Easter, March 29th-31st.

The year is certainly starting to progress very quickly, and the first reminder is that the early bird discount for registrations ends on 31st January. After this date, registration prices increase to the full rate, so get inwhile you still can and save a few dollars. Registrations can be done online through the Trybooking service on the Convention website ( http://cngg.org.au/ozngc2013 ), or a registration form is also available via the website to print for those wishing to submit their forms via regular post. Part of the registration includes the optional extras, such as booking for the Saturday evening dinner and awards presentation, and the various pieces of merchandise available to order (polo shirts, chambray shirts, vests, and aprons, all with the embroided convention logo).

So what do you get for your registration… narrow gauge overload! Registration covers you for admission to the convention, with access to all the clinics and workshops on offer, a chance to meet and browse a range of our supporting traders from around the country, experience some of the latest layouts and displays from around the country, as well as access and entry to the modelling/photography competition room. Lunch is provided each day, as well as free tea & coffee throughout the day. A comprehensive handbook is also included with your registration, covering notes and background information from each of the clinics and workshop provided over the weekend (approx. 150 pages of modelling and prototype information).

Activities begin on the Friday evening from 6 pm, for check in and collection of your registration pack. The layouts and traders will be available for browsing and buying, with a good opportunity to catch up with those fellow modellers you may not have seen for a few years. Saturday is an early start, with a full day of clinics and workshops, as well as competition room viewing and voting. A sit down roast dinner is being held on the Saturday evening (within the convention hall), and followed by an after dinner speaker and the awards presentation. Plenty of awards are on offer, including best locomotives (steam & diesel), rolling stock (freight & passenger), diorama, structure, the mantelpiece challenge, as well as photography categories for prototype, model and digitally enhanced. There is also the award for best of show, and the Narrow Gauge Down Under award, and the Rick Richardson award to be presented. Sunday will involve another full day of clinics and workshops, and the last rounds of buying from our traders. The convention concludes at 5pm on Sunday evening.

Plenty of clinics and workshops to keep you entertained and educated over the weekend, including;
John Garaty – The Corrimal Colliery, the prototype and the model,
Geoff Nott & Michael Flack – Maritime Maine (background on building Smugglers Cove),
Lynn Zelmer – Portable track in cane railways, and modelling with paper card,
Prof Klyzlr – Aussie logging winches, and foam core modules,
Rod Parker – Two Foot Gauge in Australia,
Rod Hutchinson – Trees from floral wire,
Phil Badger – Loco Maintenance, and “beyond the fence”,
Adrian Hoad – Microprocessors in modelling,
Martyn Jenkins – Layout automation with JMRI, DCC fault finding, and occupancy detection,
Peter Sutton – Designing a HOn3 layout,
Laurie Green – Design and operate small switching layouts, and “Start to finish”,
Steve Pettit – Modelling Fijian sugar tramways,
Mark Fry – Marrawah Tram,
John Dennis – Realistic layout photography,
Eamonn Seddon – Heywood,
And one of our guests making the trip across from the UK, Nick Ogden, who is travelling with some of his fine diorama’s and presenting a clinic on “brick by brick” construction. For those not familiar with Nick’s modelling efforts, they have been published within the “Finescale Annuals”, or as covered on the Finescale forum here,
http://www.finescalerr.com/smf/index.php?topic=489.0 .
The final timetable for the clinics and workshops at the convention will be available on the website closer to the event.


Plenty to see with our visiting layouts and displays as well, with no shortage of the latest and finest modelling efforts from around the country.
Geoff Nott & Michael Flack (NSW) – Smugglers Cove,
Laurie Green (VIC) – Grizzly Flats,
John Garaty & Guy Gadsden (NSW) – The Corrimal Colliery Incline,
Dan Pickard (VIC) – Diggers Bend,
Ron Wrigglesworth (VIC) – Wombat Creek Carriage & Locomotive Works,
Grant McAdam (VIC) – Scratchbuilt structures display,
Richard Grinyer (VIC) – Diorama display,
Steve Pettit (NSW) – Fiji Cane,
Phil Badger (NSW) – Locomotive service, bring your problem locos,
Rod Hutchinson (VIC) – Regnans Tramway,
plus more still to be confirmed…


Start saving you hobby dollars as well, and making a shopping list, because we have traders bringing their wares from great distances. It’s a great opportunity to check out the latest products first hand, and stock up on your modelling needs. Supporting us thus far;
The Railcar (NSW)
Outback Model Company (VIC)
Narrow Gauge Down Under (VIC)
Kerroby Models (VIC)
Modellers Warehouse (QLD)
EFD Simply Glues (NSW)
Mountain Blue Miniatures (NSW)
Broad Gauge Models (VIC)
Brunel Hobbies (VIC)
Trainmad (VIC)
plus more still to be confirmed…


There will also be a “Bring & Buy” trading board available at the convention. This is your chance to part with some of your unwanted precious treasures. Bring along your items, post your adverts on the sales board, and negotiate your own sales. The Narrow Gauge Convention Committee simply provides this opportunity, but takes no responsibility for the items and the sales, and there are no fees or commissions for this trading board. It is suggested to print your adverts with item details, photos, and contact details, with the item storage the owners responsibility until any sales are completed.


A big thank you to those who have already jumped on board early and arranged their registrations. The Narrow Gauge Conventions in Australia are great events, with plenty to see and do, a great social event for likeminded enthusiasts, and big source of inspirations to keep this hobby rolling forward. We look forward to seeing you all from local and abroad, and making for another successful Australian Narrow Gauge Convention.
Cheers,
Dan Pickard
on behalf of the 11th Australian Narrow Gauge Committee
http://cngg.org.au/ozngc2013

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 Posted: Wed Feb 6th, 2013 03:25 am
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Hi all,
Updates, updates updates...finally some update across the website :)

Head on over to the convention website and check in the "latest news" for links
to all the new updates about the Narrow Gauge Convention plans.
http://cngg.org.au/html/latest_news.html

Heaps of updates on the layouts and displays, a couple more of the attending
traders, listings of presenters and a proposed timetable for the weekend, bring
& buy details etc etc...there are plenty of updates to read about. A late
trader addition is also "Backyard Steam" making the trip down from up north with
live steam garden railway loco's.

For those that have been enquiring about layout tours and Monday activities, a
few more details are being finalised now. A handful of layout owners who are
attending the Convention have very kindly offered to open the homes to visitors
of their growing layouts. To date, Bill Black's Sn3 DRGW layout located in
Emerald, Peter Sutton's Los Pinos and Toltec HOn3 layout located in Warragul,
and Rod Warren's Lost Creek On30 located in Wantirna will all be available to
attendees to drop in a check out their progress on Monday 1st April after the
Convention. Details of Peter and Rod's layout will be uploaded to the website
shortly, and a couple more are still in negotiation. Registered attendee's will
get further details on these available layouts closer to the date.

Also being finalised at the minute, is the option for a vist to the operations
at Puffing Billy on the Monday morning. Plans are to include a tour of the
workshops at Belgrave, a reserved car for attendees to take a ride on the first
train to Lakeside (or earlier stops), and then return when you wish...just don't
miss the last train. The last details of this opportunity should be available
to us by the end of the week, so for those interested in having a bit of a look
behind the scenes up at Puffing Billy with a ride on some preservation steam,
keep an eye out for additional updates very soon.

So if you haven't registered, but are thinking of coming, get on board. Book
your accomodation if need be, and sort out your travel plans. Everything is
starting to shape up nicely for a great show.

http://cngg.org.au/ozngc2013


Cheers,
Dan Pickard

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 Posted: Wed Feb 6th, 2013 10:30 am
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Dan-one of these days, I will get to OZ. You have some very cool shows there and the modelling is top rate. My problem is that if I do get there, I might cash in my airline ticket and stay there...I ain't kidding! Have fun and please send photos and words.

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 Posted: Thu Feb 7th, 2013 06:48 am
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I reckon you'd fit right in with our weather too Woodie. There will be photos, don't you worry :)

Cheers,
Dan Pickard

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 Posted: Sat Feb 9th, 2013 04:04 pm
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Hi all,
One more quickie to let you all know there have been some more details of a couple of the other layout tours added to the website this morning (for Peter Sutton and Rod Warren's layouts, of course a number of you would have seen Rod's layout under development here on Freerails), as well as a couple of trader updates.

http://cngg.org.au/html/latest_news.html
http://cngg.org.au/html/layout_tours.html

Cheers,
Dan Pickard

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 Posted: Thu Apr 4th, 2013 07:48 am
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Hi all,
With the OzNGC all done and dusted, its time for me to relax again for a while. Here's a link to a quick video of some of the weekend's activities.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQOjXNiGnig

I'll try and get to a handful of photos once I've had some time to sort through the.

Cheers,
Dan Pickard

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 Posted: Thu Apr 4th, 2013 10:23 am
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Great Video, Dan!

What a super collection of modeling skills--you folks certainly have very talented group.

What also impresses me, is that all that fine--and of necessity fragile modeling--travels around the country.

Very nice of you to include the bit from 3:50 to 4:00 for Woodie--thoughtful touch.

Wish that I had been able to attend!

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Hi Herb and all,
OK I'll 'fess up - the stuff at 3:50, that one's mine - more stuff going up in the Logging/Mining section under the Corrimal Colliery Incline topic.

L: Hey Dan, do you want me to drop in here some of the photos I got at the Convention in here? I only have about 300 of them - Should I start with "Diggers Bend" or "Splitters Gorge" first? After all it is your thread....

Regards,
John Garaty
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Last edited on Thu Apr 18th, 2013 08:04 pm by oztrainz



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