Australasian Region

Rod Tonkin CPEng

Division Four Superintendent, NMRA Australasian Region

I recently retired as principal mechanical engineer with an extensive background in mining, mineral processing and bulk train loading and unloading systems from a large engineering consulting firm.

I originally joined NMRA in the mid 1960s and rejoined NMRA in 2007. I founded Division Four's quarterly newsletter "Western Lines" in 2013, wrote with considerable input from Peter Burrows the ten "Basic Skills" modules and have now taken over editing the on line version of MainLine.

I started railway modelling in HO scale in the mid 1960s. I currently model Conrail in an Australian setting as well as the railways of the Disc World and have lately gone over to the dark side modelling preservation era British Railways.

I've currently two HO scale layouts; Martindale Creek located in the now securely enclosed car port and Wombat Gully probably the smallest HO scale standard gauge layout in the Region (1,500 mm wide by 1,900 mm long) located in our walk in wardrobe.

My primary interests in Australasian Region of NMRA (apart from editing MainLine) are to encourage members to the work towards the Golden Spike award though the basic skill modules and Division Four's project layout based on the information in the basic skills modules.

Rod Tonkin