Newsletter #1 | January Track to Rosehill

Welcome to our first Rails@Rosehill Newsletter!

My name is John Arrowsmith and I am privileged to lead a team of volunteers tasked to bring you Rails@Rosehill, our Australasian Region 2023 Convention.

This Convention has been ‘a long time coming’! Our previous Convention was in Queensland back in 2018! Our Division 7 Convention Team have picked up the early planning from the cancelled 2020 Convention (due to COVID), and are putting together an exciting and invigorating program to get us all back on track!

It is not a matter of just dusting off previous arrangements and getting on with it. Times have changed. Modellers needs have changed…and are continually developing in all kinds of new areas! Our Convention program is being developed to present a variety of content that we hope will match and support the changing times we find ourselves in.

Host Venue: Rydges Parramatta

Our Newsletters will bring to you more detail regarding the program: clinics, onsite layouts, traders who are supporting the program content, a chance to sit down with an MMR and work through some of your modelling ‘road-blocks’, enjoy a fabulous dinner on Saturday evening, watch and run trains with your grandkids on Sunday morning — there is quite a bit on the program!

Partners will be offered an exciting two day event including visiting some of Sydney’s Iconic sites. Maybe it is just a catchup and cuppa…and of course, shopping!

Naturally, the program will develop as the weeks go by. Please keep referring to the Australasian Region website for the latest information

Our plan for future newsletters is to send you an email with a link to our website where the newsletters can be viewed and downloaded. In the meantime, as we put Rails@Rosehill in place, we are very aware that this is your event and we do want to hear from you:

  • Do you have a clinician you would like to hear from; or
  • Is there a clinic topic of specific interest to you; or
  • Maybe you would like to volunteer to do a clinic; or
  • Have a SIG we could form into a ‘clinic’ session; or
  • Maybe there is something you would like to see changed…

…please be quick on this as time is racing by! Your constructive email is welcome and should be sent to

Action: It is now time to ‘save the date’, tell your crew — noting that this event is for all modellers—NMRA and non-NMRA! All interested modellers are welcome!

Super Chief, Eastbound Train #18 left LAUPT at 8 pm (P.T.) December 1953, passing through Kingman, AZ, around 4.00 am (N.T.).
Tonight’s consist has an EMD F7 quartet #37LABC 6000hp A-B-B-A configuration and 14 cars, consisting of baggage, RPO, 2×10-6 Palm Series Sleepers, 2×10-6 Pine Series Sleepers, dome bar lounge, 36 seat diner, lounge-dorm, 2×10-6 Pine Series Sleepers, 2×4-4-2 Regal Sleepers and Vista series observation.
It will arrive at Chicago’s Dearborn Station at 1:15 am (C.T.) the following morning.

Super Chief

Yours sincerely
John Arrowsmith
Convention Host
Div 7 Super

Key Information

Dates: 29 September—2 October

The Venue: Rydges Parramatta
116-118 James Ruse Drive
Rosehill NSW 2412


Friday Evening: Welcome
Saturday: Clinic Program
Sunday: Clinic Program
Monday: Layout Tours

Clinic Program: Topics and clinic formats to support modellers new to a specific topic through to emerging topics and techniques

Consult with an MMR: One-on-One chat with an experienced hand on Saturday

Convention Dinner: Saturday evening, at Rydges

Bring Your Grandkids! Sunday morning…

Partners Program: Two day program

Layout Tours: The tour program covers the south of Sydney, the general Sydney area, and the north of Sydney

Accommodation: Available at Rydges, and other venues nearby