Welcome to the homepage of the North Shore Model Rail club, home of the Waitemata and Chelsea Railway. The club was formed in 1965 and now has one of the largest indoor HO gauge layouts in New Zealand. We also have a large modular HO layout.
We cater for all interests in model railways, for all types of prototypes including US, NZR, British and Continental, and for all ages from mid-teens upwards. We run many activities each year including how-to clinics, operating sessions, and construction evenings. We exhibit our modular layout at public events. We have a large library of railway books and magazines, and a well stocked workshop. Next year we will be hosting the biennial convention for the New Zealand Association of Model Railway Clubs, the largest model railway convention in New Zealand.
Our 55 members between them have a vast knowledge of model railroading and are keen to pass on this knowledge to newcomers to our hobby. You do not need your own layout. Several of our members have been with the club for many years and have never had a layout.
Why not come along to our clubrooms in Birkenhead between 7pm and 9pm on a Monday or Thursday evening, Thursday preferred, and find out about the fascinating, rewarding and life-long hobby of model railroading. You will not be disappointed. There is a google map on the Contact page that shows precisely where our clubrooms are.