<< Our Clubhouse – An old Air Raid Shelter with Steaming Bays and a Turntable in the foreground
MELSA was founded in late 1976 by a group of interested railway enthusiasts. Their aim was to set up a track and facility to allow the running of miniature trains and encourage construction of scale models of railway and other engines – both steam and internal combustion.
The Association built a track in Queens Park, Maryborough with the blessing of the Maryborough City Council, and with help in kind from a number of sponsors, and with many volunteer man hours to dig, form and pour concrete, and cut and weld steel to create the track.
We have members living from the far north of Queensland down to the south in Victoria.
Locos on Competition Day on the Steaming Bays >>
Our Railway comprises mainly 5 inch gauge but there is a loop of 3 1/2 inch gauge as well. The Clubhouse (above) is an old World War II Air Raid Shelter which was constructed for use in emergency by the Government employees working in the adjacent Government Offices.
Our Club was the first of several to use the name “Model Engineers and Live Steamers” – the other clubs taking help in setting up their organisations from our then Secretary Bob Kimber.
A number of other clubs use the name “Model and Experimental Engineers” which covers a similar range of interests, and there are many other clubs with a variety of names.
Regardless of the names there are almost 80 clubs around Australia which affiliate with the Australian Association of Live Steamers (AALS) and also the Australian Miniature Boiler Safety Committee (AMBSC) – the body which oversees the regulations and safety of the steam aspects of our hobby.