All about The Auckland Märklin Club Inc.
Whether your interest be designing and building full size layouts through to meeting over a coffee and discussing trains, the Auckland Märklin Club has something to offer you. Being a Marklin club, our members use Marklin trains from Germany for their model train hobby, which lends itself towards a more European style to our modelling, although we also have some American interests and enjoy all aspects that the hobby has to offer.
Marklin produces 3 scales of trains, 1 gauge, the biggest at 1/32nd scale, Z gauge, the smallest at 1/220th scale and HO, the most popular size at 1/87th scale.
The Three Märklin Gauges . . .
There is also a monthly newsletter, keeping members up to date with what is going on in the club, upcoming events and any items of interest. Club meetings are held (at the moment) on the 2nd Monday every month (except January). We are hoping to increase this as interest develops.
Perhaps the greatest benefit from membership of the Auckland Märklin Club comes from meeting with and discussing ideas with fellow members. Many of us are currently working on our own layouts at home and in most cases we have struck issues and worked out ways of resolving them. This can save you the expense of reinventing the wheel and get you up and running more quickly, with advice on:
- where to buy things
- how to maintain the trains, wagons and track or even . . .
- how easy and not necessarily expensive it is to move into the digital/computer world that the hobby has developed into.
The library is also a great help with past catalogues, Marklin Insider magazines, general railroad books, videos and "How to" books to assist you. Naturally, like all clubs, there are always some second hand goods for sale between members, which even if 50 years old will still run together with the newest products available.
I hope this gives you a general feel for the club and what it has to offer. Please feel free to ask questions, try things out, bring your trains along to run on the club layouts, make suggestions and generally have a good time. If there is anything we can help you with, we are all ears . . .
Fred Spencer, President.
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Kid's HO layout:
This layout was a starter set kindly donated by Steve's Model Shop in Papakura, which is used by the club at exhibitions and the clubrooms for kids to have a try on something more their size. Possibilities to look at scenery and other developments, while keeping it simple for transport and fun for kids.
Modular HO Layout:
Various club members have built individual HO scale modules, (specs here) which can be brought together for exhibitions. If interested in being involved in this project, please talk to any member of the committee.
For more information on our layouts click here
Formed in 1987, the Auckland Marklin Club has met in various places and been involved in a number of exhibitions, the main one being Model X at Henderson on Queen's Birthday weekend each year. For many years the clubrooms were based in the old Papakura Military Camp and from 2003 we have been sited in Onehunga. (sadly our lease has expired and the building has been sold) In between times meetings are held at members' houses viewing their individual layouts, we also visit various layouts around town and around the country. Members have also enjoyed a warm welcome when visiting the Wellington Marklin Club.