AALS National Convention, Warner, Queensland, Easter 2010
In 2010, the convention was held at the Queensland Society of Model Engineers track at Warner (west of Brisbane) in Queensland. Their track is in a magnificent bush setting on a 15 acre block that the club own outright. They are also fortunate to have it zoned for model railway use, a most enviable position for a club to be in.
A ride round the track at Warner (very large- approx. 290Mbytes)
The trip involved travelling throught 4 states, plus of course the inevitable voyage on the Spirit of Tasmania ferry from Devonport to Melbourne. Total mileage this year was 4500Km.
This year I had the time to include all the pre- and post convention runs, so total travelling time was 18 days. First stop was as Tamworth in Northern New South Wales, at the Tamworth club's new track. The club looked after the half a dozen "conventioneers" very well, providing us with good company, an excellent track and feeding us also.
A ride round the Tamworth track (approx. 38Mbytes)
We then travelled via Tenterfield to Warner and the convention proper. There followed four days of running locos, talking, eating, and generally relaxing in the company of fellow model engineers.
After the convention, we went to the first of the post-convention runs, at Bribie Island, north of Brisbane. Once again, another track in a marvellous bush setting.
A ride round the Bribie Island track (approx. 110Mbytes)
After Bribie, we went to Nambour, again north of Brisbane, where they have done some very clever track-laying, getting a very interesting and long track in a relatively small parkland setting. As usual, the club members and their wives looked after us very well, with an excelent morning tea and a lunchtime bbq.
A ride round the Nambour track (approx. 150Mbytes)
Arthur (from W.A.) on TWS , behind a steamer, coming up the hill
Arthur & TWS going down the hill
The next post-convention run was Granchester, where once again, the members and their wives looked after us marvelously. Unfortunately, as is becoming the norm for me, I took no still photos there.