Australasian Region

David O'Hearn

Secretary - 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 was widowed with three adult children and four grandchildren but I have recently remarried and moved with my new wife to Belmont, NSW..

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 as well as being the immediate past President of the Australasian Region of the NMRA.

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 a 6m 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 (probably Puffing Billy Railway) on the lower deck.

In my role as Secretary, I wish to continue the good administration of previous Secretaries. I also wish to share my passion for the model railway hobby by building a great home layout using the latest and greatest that the hobby has to offer. I also want to complete the Achievement Program.