The Victorian N Scale Collective was formed in 1991 by a group of modellers interested in Australian prototype, and Victorian in particular. The aim of the group is to promote and encourage the participation in and enjoyment of modelling in N Scale, and it currently has in excess of fifty members across Australia and one member in the USA.
How is this aim achieved?
The Collective conducts regular meetings on the second Saturday of each month that normally start at around 10.00 am and conclude at approximately 5.00 pm. These meetings are held at members' homes across the Melbourne metropolitan area and occasionally in country venues as well. Interstate members are of course welcomed when the opportunity arises.
The meetings are aimed at fostering friendship and camaraderie between modellers of like interest and facilitating the exchange of information. Meeting agendas are varied and largely informal, with plenty of time for discussion on all manner of topics of interest. "Show and tell" sessions, which give members the opportunity to display projects they are currently working on or have recently completed, are always an enjoyable feature of most meetings, and the exchange of ideas and help with projects from the experience of others is a valuable part of each day.
Modelling clinics are also a regular feature. These clinics are valuable not only for the knowledge gained but also for the opportunity of trying new techniques in a hands-on experience.
Other activities include occasional running days on members' home layouts, updates on new products, film sessions, barbeques, prototype information updates and the occasional field excursion.
For interstate and other members who cannot attend meetings on a regular basis, the Newsletter, which appears approximately every two months, provides the primary link to the group, and the Collective's members only Yahoo group website is also a valuable forum for regular communication and the exchange of information.
Does the Collective have a layout?
Over time the group has put together a layout based on the AusTrak N scale modular system, as detailed on our AusTrak page. Five modules are owned by the Collective with many others owned by individual members. Some of these have recently been upgraded to a superior level of detail and scenic continuity. The modules are powered by standard DC.
The modules are displayed at one or more model railway exhibitions each year. See our Home page for details of upcoming exhibitions. Members are encouraged to attend the exhibitions and actively participate by taking the opportunity to run their own rolling stock on the layout and share in its operation.
In addition to the modules, one member owns the acclaimed layout Wallan, a large and faithful representation of the station and yards located 48 km north of Melbourne as it was in 1974. An extensive article on Wallan appeared in the Australian Model Railway Magazine issue 279, December 2009. At least once a year Wallan is made available for members to run their models on this superb example of Victorian Railways N scale modelling. This is a unique experience only available to VNSC members.
New members are always welcome.