Australasian Region

David O'Hearn

President, NMRA Australasian Region

I am retired after 42 years working in the RAAF and the Defence industry. Roles have included being an Aeronautical Engineer, pilot, Logistics Manager (focussing on Operations Research), Project Manager and Proposals Manager.

I am widowed with three adult children and three grandchildren.

Although I had a model railway layout and was keen on trains in high school, I didn't get really serious in the hobby until my first son was born in 1978. I have been a member of numerous clubs as I have moved around Australia and overseas with my job. I have been President of the Canberra Model Railway Club and the Epping (Sydney) Model Railway Club. I am currently the Editor of Division 7 newsletter The Extra.

Over the years I have built and exhibited a number of model railway layouts, including Fish River (NSW HO Modular Layout), Great Falls (BNSF/UP HO Layout), Summerfield (Ohio River & Western On30 Layout), Black Stump (G scale Layout) and Nicholls Siding (NSW HO Layout). With retirement (no more moving), I am now building the "ultimate" home layout in an 8m x 5m room in the house. This layout is on two levels with a HO NSW layout on the upper deck and an On30 layout on the lower deck.

In my role as President, I wish to share my passion for the model railway hobby by building on the good things done by my predecessors in the NMRA AR especially with the Achievement Program and the Education Program initiatives.


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