Founded in 1978, the GMES operates the Newman Park Miniature Railway, located via Peterkin St, Traralgon for the enjoyment of the Latrobe Valley residents and visitors. The Railway has 200 metres of 3½" Gauge track, and 1,100 metres of parkland 5" and 7¼" Gauge track crossing three small bridges. Connecting tracks, sidings & steaming bays add another 500 metres of track.
The facilities are improved as time and resources permit. Additional run days may be scheduled by booking at least 6 months in advance & provided our volunteers are available.
GIPPSLAND MODEL ENGINEERING SOCIETY
Correspondence to: Secretary, PO Box 2019, Traralgon VIC 3844 Or
">. Group Bookings contact 0457 317 655
Local building contractors constructed the Newman Central Railway Station, the focal point for all Railway passengers, with materials being generously donated by local industries. Society members have restored the historic ex-Victorian Railway’s Signal Box, relocated from the east end of the Traralgon Railway Station and containing a 70-lever frame.
During 2001 and 2002 additional Station Platform Roofing, protecting passenger waiting and disembarking areas, has been constructed by the Morwell based Gippsland Group Training Apprentices and installed by Society volunteers with funds from both the Society and a Latrobe City Council Community Minor Capital Grant.
The miniature railway locomotives are typical of mainline and narrow gauge railways found in many parts of the world. Both steam and diesel outlines can be seen hauling our public passenger trains. The locomotives being individually styled to the owners requirements.
For further information on membership or hire of the Newman Park miniature railway facility, please contact our Secretary, PO Box 2019, Traralgon VIC 3844, or see us on a public run day 4th Sunday, February to November, 12:00pm to 4:00pm, weather permitting. Additional run days are scheduled during November and December. Members can also be found at the track on Wednesdays and on the 5th Saturday of any month that happens to have more than four Saturdays. :)
The Latrobe City Council Community Minor Capital Grant funded additional BBQ tables & park benches, steelwork being constructed by Gippsland Group Training Apprentices and installation by Society volunteers. The Traralgon Lions Club has provided the free BBQ and toilet facilities and has installed several access-for-all adventure playgrounds that are attracting wide popularity with the community and visitors. The Victorian State Government, the Variety Club of Victoria and the Latrobe City Council have funded these playgrounds.
The 1100 metres track includes 3 circuits of dual gauge (5”and 7¼”) track. The inner circuit also incorporates 3½" gauge. All running tracks are at ground level. The track is usually set up to form one continuous circuit, however, if circumstances require, it can be configured as 2 or 3 separate circuits.
Club meetings are held the Saturday before the fourth Sunday run day at the club rooms, starting at 10am and are followed by a working bee.
The club is located in scenic garden surroundings in Newman Park ,Traralgon.
To access the railway, turn off Princes Hwy at Peterkin Street (next to the Traralgon Creek bridge). See map below.
Generally from 10am onwards members are in attendance .
The club currently has around 40 members.
Please note. No vehicle access from Whittakers Rd. Use Peterkin St only.